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Les Miserables (1978)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 27 December 1978
Jean Valjean, convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for several decades by the relentless and cruel policeman Javert.

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writers:

John Gay (screenplay), Victor Hugo (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jordan ... Jean Valjean
Anthony Perkins ... Javert
Cyril Cusack ... Fauchelevent
Claude Dauphin ... Bishop Myriel
John Gielgud ... Gillenormand
Ian Holm ... Thenardier
Celia Johnson ... Sister Simplice
Joyce Redman ... Magliore
Flora Robson ... The Prioress
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Marius
Caroline Langrishe ... Cosette (adult)
Angela Pleasence ... Fantine
David Swift ... Troufiat
Timothy Morand Timothy Morand ... Enjolras
William Squire ... Magistrate
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Storyline

In late eighteenth century (1796) France, in the middle of the French Revolution, the unemployed woodman Jean Valjean is arrested for stealing bread to feed his family and sentenced to five years in prison in Toulon. He tries to escape from prison due to the mistreatment from cruel Javert, increasing his sentence. Nineteen years later, he is released, but forced to carry identification that labels him a thief, making him unwelcome at inns and many other places, but is helped by the kind Bishop Myriel that feeds and shelters him. However, he steals his silverware at dawn, but he is arrested by two policemen and brought back to the Bishop. The Bishop tells that the silver objects were a gift, and gives two additional candlesticks to Valjean. When the policemen leave the place, the Bishop tells Valjean that he has bought his soul, and now he should live an honest life. Jean Valjean becomes a well-succeeded businessman with the alias Madeleine, bringing prosperity to a small town by ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A timeless tale of one man's search for freedom...and another's quest for revenge.

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Miserables See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Showtime) | (theatrical cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sir Ian Holm (Thenardier) and Anthony Perkins (Javert) appeared in Chillers (1990). See more »

Goofs

At one point, Javert and his officers wade through the sewers up to their waists in raw sewage. when they emerge, their light-coloured trousers have barely a stain on them, and are essentially clean. See more »

Quotes

Jean Valjean: I knew nothing of what you told me.
[handing her a silver franc]
Jean Valjean: Here. This is to help with your child.
Fantine: You know nothing of me. I am a stranger to you.
Jean Valjean: It was only a stranger who held out a hand to me once. Let me know if you have any more trouble.
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Connections

Spoofed in Daria: Lane Miserables (1999) See more »

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Memorable!
15 February 2000 | by gee-15See all my reviews

I saw this version of Les Miserables when it first aired. I was eleven or twelve at the time and I think my parents made me watch it with them. I expected to be utterly bored and ended up being utterly transfixed, even at that young age, by the powerful story. Even though it's been years since I've seen "Les Miserables" there are scenes from this movie that still stand out in my mind. Highly recommended.


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