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Les Misérables (1998)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, History | 1 May 1998 (USA)
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Valjean, a former criminal, has atoned for his past and now finds himself in the midst of the French Revolution, avoiding a law-obsessed policeman hell-bent on capturing him.

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Victor Hugo (novel), Rafael Yglesias (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Adamson ... Bertin
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Lafitte
Timothy Bateson ... Banker
Veronika Bendová Veronika Bendová ... Azelma
David Birkin David Birkin ... Courfeyrac
Reine Brynolfsson ... Captain Beauvais
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Toussaint
Kathleen Byron ... Mother Superior
Václav Chalupa Václav Chalupa ... André
Ian Cregg Ian Cregg ... Feuilly
Ben Crompton ... Grantier
Claire Danes ... Cosette
Zdenek David Zdenek David ... Peasant (as Zdenék David)
Paola Dionisotti ... Forewoman
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Old Woman (as Edna Dore)
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Storyline

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France. Written by Tim Kearns <tskearns@aol.com>

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The legend comes to life.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, and for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony (DVD release)

Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les misérables See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,011,840, 3 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,096,321
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Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Bille August rejected the original score composed by Gabriel Yared. Yared said he could see it coming because there was 'no harmony' between the two of them. Yared was replaced by Basil Poledouris, who had a limited time to compose a full score. When the film was released, many movie posters listed Yared as composer, not Poledouris. See more »

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During the revolution, several shots show the Saint Vitus Cathedral in Prague. See more »

Quotes

Javert: [Valjean slams Javert against the wall, starts to put his own handcuffs on him] Where will you go, Valjean? You don't have papers.
Javert: [Valjean slams Javert's head against the wall once more] I'll find you...
[another hit against the wall, Javert loses conciousness]
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The cast is credited in alphabetical order during the end credits. See more »

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Version of Caccia all'uomo (1948) See more »

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How did this film get missed by the Acadmey Awards?
8 April 2002 | by TexasRedgeSee all my reviews

How did this film get missed by the Acadmey Awards? This was a delight to watch. Goeffry Rush does such a good job as the inspector that you forget he is an actor and you really begin to dislike him. This film was also perfectly cast, and it has a wonderful music score. I remember thinking to myself as I watched it, that this movie was going to sweep all the Academy awards at the time it came out(but it didn't-infact in was only nominated for one award -Best Music Score(which it lost to "Shakespere in Love").If you will recall "Shakespere in Love" destroyed all the competition at the Awards in 1998. What a SHAME because this film was 10 times better than "Shakespere in Love" in EVERY catagory. This is also one of my favorite films of all time. I own a copy on VHS which I will get out about once every 3 or 4 months and watch the Beautiful story of Jean Vel-Jean all over again. Looking back to 1998 I still AMAZED that Liam Neeson and Jeffry Rush weren't even nominated for thier roles in this film. This is a film that you and your family will love to watch over and over again. It gets 5 out of 5 stars- A perfect Film, A masterpiece


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