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Les misérables 

The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving ... See full summary »






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Complete series cast summary:
Gérard Depardieu ...  Jean Valjean 4 episodes, 2000
Christian Clavier ...  Thénardier 4 episodes, 2000
John Malkovich ...  Javert 4 episodes, 2000
Virginie Ledoyen ...  Cosette 4 episodes, 2000
Enrico Lo Verso ...  Marius 4 episodes, 2000
Charlotte Gainsbourg ...  Fantine 4 episodes, 2000
Asia Argento ...  Éponine Thénardier 4 episodes, 2000
Veronica Ferres ...  Madame Thénardier 4 episodes, 2000
Jeanne Moreau ...  Mère Innocente 4 episodes, 2000
Giovanna Mezzogiorno ...  Soeur Simplice 4 episodes, 2000
Vadim Glowna Vadim Glowna ...  Fauchelevent 4 episodes, 2000
Steffen Wink ...  Enjolras 4 episodes, 2000
Léopoldine Serre Léopoldine Serre ...  Cosette enfant 4 episodes, 2000
Jérôme Hardelay Jérôme Hardelay ...  Gavroche 4 episodes, 2000
Michel Duchaussoy ...  Gillenormand 4 episodes, 2000
Otto Sander ...  Monseigneur Bienvenu 4 episodes, 2000
Christopher Thompson Christopher Thompson ...  Courfeyrac 4 episodes, 2000
Josiane Stoléru Josiane Stoléru ...  Baptistine 4 episodes, 2000
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ...  Scarponi 4 episodes, 2000
Roger Dumas ...  Lorrain 4 episodes, 2000
François Hadji-Lazaro ...  Toussaint 4 episodes, 2000
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ...  Champmathieu 4 episodes, 2000
Artus de Penguern Artus de Penguern ...  Chabouillet 4 episodes, 2000
Denis Podalydès ...  Scaufflaire 4 episodes, 2000
Guilhem Pellegrin Guilhem Pellegrin ...  Médecin Plumet 4 episodes, 2000
Elisabeth Wiener ...  Madame Victurnier 4 episodes, 2000
Michèle Gleizer Michèle Gleizer ...  Madame Magloire 4 episodes, 2000
Karl Zéro ...  Procureur Cour Arras 4 episodes, 2000
Sacha Bourdo ...  Bigrenaille 4 episodes, 2000
François Négret François Négret ...  Claquesous 4 episodes, 2000
Dominique Besnehard Dominique Besnehard ...  Gueulemer 4 episodes, 2000
Yves Penay Yves Penay ...  Babet 4 episodes, 2000
Patrick Bordier Patrick Bordier ...  Brujon 4 episodes, 2000
Stephan Midaven Stephan Midaven ...  Montparnasse 4 episodes, 2000
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ...  Cochepaille 4 episodes, 2000
Patrick Lambert Patrick Lambert ...  Chenildieu 4 episodes, 2000
Franck Tordjman Franck Tordjman ...  Prouvaire 4 episodes, 2000
Jérome Rebbot Jérome Rebbot ...  Bahorel 4 episodes, 2000
David Podracky David Podracky ...  Grantaire 4 episodes, 2000
Philippe Ambrosini ...  Capitaine Picpus 4 episodes, 2000
Sophie Milleron Sophie Milleron ...  Azelma Thénardier 4 episodes, 2000
Claude Brécourt Claude Brécourt ...  Directeur Sûreté 4 episodes, 2000
Yann Babilée Yann Babilée ...  Archiviste Sûreté 4 episodes, 2000
Christian Imberdis Christian Imberdis ...  Vieux professeur 4 episodes, 2000
Thomas Badek Thomas Badek ...  Officier amphithéâtre 4 episodes, 2000
Didier Lesour Didier Lesour ...  Parizot 4 episodes, 2000
Vincent Schmitt Vincent Schmitt ...  Bamatabois 4 episodes, 2000
Julie Dumas Julie Dumas ...  Nicolette 4 episodes, 2000
Christophe Le Masne Christophe Le Masne ...  Portier Gillenormand 4 episodes, 2000
Maciej Patronik Maciej Patronik ...  Agent Simonot 4 episodes, 2000
Pascal Pistacio Pascal Pistacio ...  Client prostituée 4 episodes, 2000
Babsie Steger Babsie Steger ...  Amie de Fantine 4 episodes, 2000
Philippe Lamendin Philippe Lamendin ...  Préfet de Police 4 episodes, 2000
Stéphane Rodin Stéphane Rodin ...  Félix 4 episodes, 2000
Sébastien Thiery Sébastien Thiery ...  Sous-officier Montreuil 4 episodes, 2000
Bernard Cherboeuf Bernard Cherboeuf ...  Président Cour Arras 4 episodes, 2000
Sophie Noël Sophie Noël ...  Femme Cour Assise 4 episodes, 2000
Jean-Marc Talbot Jean-Marc Talbot ...  Assesseur Cour Arras 4 episodes, 2000
Denis Karvil Denis Karvil ...  Inspecteur Sûreté 4 episodes, 2000
Eric Averlant Eric Averlant ...  Moulibrac 4 episodes, 2000
Véronique de Villele Véronique de Villele ...  Mère Gorbeau 4 episodes, 2000
Jan Kostroun Jan Kostroun ...  Policier Gorbeau 4 episodes, 2000
Rodolphe Pauly Rodolphe Pauly ...  Jeune officier Mondetour 4 episodes, 2000
Jakub Zindulka Jakub Zindulka ...  Prêtre Montreuil 4 episodes, 2000
Marc Vadé Marc Vadé ...  Homme accident Montreuil 4 episodes, 2000
Enguerran Demeulenaere Enguerran Demeulenaere ...  Petit Gervais 4 episodes, 2000
Julia Portoghese Julia Portoghese ...  Eponine 9-11 ans 4 episodes, 2000
Valérie Lang Valérie Lang ...  Logeuse Enjolras 4 episodes, 2000
Claire Gérard Claire Gérard ...  Religieuse surveillante 4 episodes, 2000
Serge Gaborieau Serge Gaborieau ...  Gardien Force Poterne 4 episodes, 2000
Gaston Subert Gaston Subert ...  Indigent digne 4 episodes, 2000
David Sucharípa ...  Policier mendiant 4 episodes, 2000
Erico Salamone Erico Salamone ...  Lefranc 4 episodes, 2000
Cédric Chevalme Cédric Chevalme ...  Agent Chatelet 4 episodes, 2000
Victor Wagner Victor Wagner ...  Portefaix 1 4 episodes, 2000
Michel Pilorgé Michel Pilorgé ...  Dumoncel 4 episodes, 2000
Thomas Rouet Thomas Rouet ...  Ami Félix 4 episodes, 2000
Simon Monceau Simon Monceau ...  Policier Chabouillet 4 episodes, 2000
Yohann Lucas Yohann Lucas ...  Serveur 4 episodes, 2000
Yanig Samot Yanig Samot ...  Gardien Prison Force 1 4 episodes, 2000


The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving nineteen years. At first he only encounter mistrust and closed doors; only the saintly Bishop Bienvenu treats him kindly and takes him in. The bishop's truly Christian compassion and humanity not only restores Jean Valjean's faith in the good, but also smoothes his way back to an orderly life. As Monsieur Madeleine, Valjean is soon a wealthy industrialist and popular citizen, even becoming the mayor of a small provincial town. His good fortune departs, however, when he meets Fantine, one of his workers, an unmarried mother who tragically dies of consumption. The well-intentioned Valjean frees Fantine's illegitimate daughter Cosette from the clutches of her insidious foster parents, and looks after her like a father. When Valjean reveals his true identity in order to prevent an innocent man who closely ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les misérables See more »

Filming Locations:

Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France See more »


Box Office


FRF165,000,000 (estimated)
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(4 episodes)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Malkovich and Gerard Depardieu had already previously played together as the main characters of the adaptation of a french novel: in 1998, they both played respectively as Athos and Porthos in the Man in the Iron Mask. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions were shot: one in French for Europe which runs 360 Minutes. The other was shot in English and runs 180 Minutes. See more »


Version of Les Misérables (1995) See more »

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Good on the most part
23 November 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not a bad series-adaptation of a classic piece of literature at all, not as good as the 1934 and 1935 films(I remember Anthony Perkins' version being better as well) but better than those with Michael Rennie and Liam Neeson. On the most part, while far from perfect, it is actually good. There are parts where the direction is choppy and things look too clean and perfect, the relationship between Cosette and Marius could have been less bland and while Valjean and Cosette are very convincing father-daughter figures the love for each other did seem a little too strong and loving at times. There's also one miscast and one mixed bag. The miscast was Enrico Lo Verso as Marius, people have said he's too old and it is true but that he is very stiff and almost too creepy is more of a problem. John Malkovich's Javert was a mixed bag, he has the authority, upholding-the-law-attitude, determination and the cold-bloodedness but he can come across as too subdued, too stoic(some of his line delivery is rather monotonous) and with not enough of the tortured soul that Javert becomes later. On the other hand, it is beautifully shot and has lavish and mostly authentic costumes and sets. Jean-Claude Petit's scoring underlines the tension and poignancy of the drama with ease without over-emphasising them, while the scripting is literate and with the spirit of Victor Hugo's writing coming through and the story has the emotional power, pathos, hope and tension that it should. There are alterations and reduced screen-time for characters(Eponine), but you feel Fantine's tragic plight as well as Gavroche's death and the ending is both powerful and affecting, that there's the inclusion of Gillenormand- a character that has been neglected before- is an extra plus. The series is a good length, the book is mammoth so a long length is a good idea, and the pacing takes its time to develop like the storytelling in the book without being too stillborn. The rest of the cast are fine, especially Gerard Depardieu(despite having perhaps a too imposing a physique) as a Valjean where the nobility, magnetism, charisma and tragic grandeur is completely realised and in a way that we feel it too. And also Charlotte Gainsburg as one of the most moving Fantines you'll ever find. Virgine Ledoyen is a beautiful and loyal Cosette without being like a waif, spoiled brat or window-dressing. Asia Argento while underused is indeed an Eponine you feel pity and contempt for, and Christian Clavier is menacing and funny as Thernadier(Veronica Ferres matches him very well as his wife if too on the pretty side). Overall, has problems but on the most part it is good. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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