Les Miserables - the Movie

Starring:
Liam Neeson
Geoffrey Rush
Uma Thurman
Claire Danes
Hans Matheson
Lennie James

Based on Victor Hugo's epic novel,
this 1998 feature film brought the story to the big screen.

Jean Valjean is released from prison after serving 20 years of hard labor. Left without a sense of morality, he soon steals silverware from a bishop's house. He is caught; yet, when he is returned by the police, the bishop states the silver was a gift. His only request is that Valjean learn to do good for others. Jumping to 1822, Valjean is the humble and popular major of Vigau. He has an encounter with former inspector Javert who becomes suspicious of Valjean's identity. Javert eventually comes to recognize him and demand that Valjean be denouced. However, he lacks sufficient proof. All the while, Valjean develops a relationship with Fantine, a woman dismissed from her factory job for having a child out of wedlock. Malnourished, she dies after being abused by Javert and makes Valjean promise to raise her child, Cosette, as his own. The events of the July 1832 revolution affect them both as Cosette has fallen in love with a militant student Marius and Valjean faces Javert for the last time. [synopsis found here]

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Cosette and Valjean
Claire Danes and Liam Neeson


Inspector Javert
Geoffrey Rush



Marius and Enjolras
Hans Matheson and Lennie James



I enjoyed this film but had hoped that it might feature some of the music
from Boublil and
Schönberg, and translated by Cameron Mackintosh.
For more on the theatre production, click here...
Les Misérables, the Musical


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