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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 »

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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 Les Misérables (1909) See more »

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A Moral Masterpiece by Victor Hugo
8 September 2007 | by Umar Mansoor BajwaSee all my reviews

This TV serial adaptation with Richard Jordan as the protagonist rises above the earlier version of 1952 and the latest release, as well.

The great novel by Victor Hugo corresponding to the tumultuous times of the French Revolution, serves to underline the starkly moribund consequences that directly result when there exists a colossal disparity of moral and economic values between the privileged class and the commoners. The screenplay is vivid and emotional outpourings are soul wrenching, but above all, it is Richard Jordan as Jean Valjean who has portrayed the patriarchal and lofty character created by Hugo to its complete magnitude. The story is bred with great upheavals of the turbulent revolutionary era which add epic dimensions to this memorable novel.

The novel is the crowning glory of Victor Hugo and the TV serial adaptation is the highest mark of Jordan's career who steals the show, many a times by his smoldering performance, while leaving Perkins (Javert) far behind.


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