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Les Miserables (1978)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 27 December 1978
Jean Valjean (Richard Jordan), convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for several decades by the relentless and cruel Policeman Javert (Anthony Perkins).

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 France, in the middle of the French Revolution, the unemployed woodman Jean Valjean (Richard Jordan) 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 (Anthony Perkins), 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 (Claude Dauphin) who 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 them 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 ... 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 »

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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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Trivia

In the book, Monsieur Thenardier identifies himself as "Napoleon's Sergeant". Sir Ian Holm played Napoleon in several movies. 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

Javert: [after Valjean's second attempt to escape Toulon] It is the decision of the Military Tribunal that ten years be added to your sentence. I am requested by law to inquire if you have anything to say, um, for yourself.
Jean Valjean: [softly] Some day...
Javert: Speak up!
Jean Valjean: [clearing his throat] Some day, I'll kill you.
[the guards seize him]
Javert: Six months in the hole for disrespect.
[Valjean spits at him in disgust]
Javert: Take him away.
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Version of Aa mujo: zenpen (1929) See more »

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Difinitive portrayals of the leading characters
29 December 2000 | by GoonerManSee all my reviews

This is a great story and for me this is the best screen adaptation of it. Although Geoffrey Rush puts in a decent performance in the newer film release (1998), Anthony Perkins' Javert simply cannot be bettered with his steely, cold personality and determination. Jordon also does well with the Valjean character, emitting a personality of pride and restraint in the face of adversity. The story moves on at a decent pace and provides good characterisation without too much lagging.

Overall this is a fine production and I personally find it vastly superior to the latest film incarnation with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush where I didn't particularly like either of the portrayals of the leading characters, even though they were well-acted. This version may have the obligatory TV Movie feel to it, but it still manages to rise above its Big-screen counterpart.


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