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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 ... 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 ... 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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Trivia

The town in which Jean Valjean becomes mayor is named Montreuil-sur-Mer in the book. This is a real port town in the region of Calais, across the waters from England. English readers of the book often missed this fact, as most past translations transcribed the town's name "blanked out" as "M____-sur-M__". In the movie the town is called Vigau, a name made up of the first and last syllables of Victor Hugo, the author of Les Misérables. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Version of Aa mujo: zenpen (1929) See more »

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Good production and acting, but not very true to the book.
4 February 2001 | by mahler-4See all my reviews

I thought the film was well acted, Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush were superb, but the film missed a lot of the plot lines and characters from the book, most importantly Eponine who is integral to the story. Maybe 2 hours was not long enough to be true to the book.


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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

Gross USA:

$14,096,321

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,096,321
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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