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Les Misérables (2012)

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In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

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Tom Hooper

Writers:

William Nicholson (screenplay by), Alain Boublil (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 84 wins & 172 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Jean Valjean
Russell Crowe ... Javert
Anne Hathaway ... Fantine
Amanda Seyfried ... Cosette
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Thénardier
Helena Bonham Carter ... Madame Thénardier
Eddie Redmayne ... Marius
Aaron Tveit ... Enjolras
Samantha Barks ... Éponine
Daniel Huttlestone ... Gavroche
Cavin Cornwall ... Convict 1
Josef Altin ... Convict 2
Dave Hawley Dave Hawley ... Convict 3 (as David Hawley)
Adam Jones Adam Jones ... Convict 4
John Barr John Barr ... Convict 5
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Storyline

Jean Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Fight. Dream. Hope. Love. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Miz See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,281,735, 30 December 2012

Gross USA:

$148,809,770

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$441,809,770
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The musical version of Les Mis started out as a concept album in 1979, composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg with French language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, which was staged at the Palais des Sports in 1980. However, the production was unsuccessful, and closed after three months when the booking contract expired. In 1983, stage director Peter Farago convinced producer Cameron Mackintosh to finance an English-language adaptation. On 8 October 1985, the English version, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, opened in London by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Center. The London show was a resounding success, leading to a Broadway production. See more »

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When we first see Enjolras speaking before the crowd during "Look Down", he and Marius are holding pamphlets in their hands. When Enjolras sings his line "Where is the king who runs this show?", he raises his hand above his head and the camera does a quick cut for a close up -- revealing that the pamphlet has vanished from his hands. See more »

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[first lines]
Jean Valjean: Look down, look down, don't look them in the eye.
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A must see film
27 January 2013 | by angiemacauslandSee all my reviews

After seeing the stage play several times I was apprehensive that the film would live up to the spectacle of the stage version. Not at all disappointed.

You are gripped by the story line and characters from the offset, and quickly tune into the emotion of the lyrics and music.

Putting a musical into a film was a risk, but it paid off because the story is the music. The sets are vast but simplistic, relating to the stage play.

Hugh Jackman played a blinding role, as did Anne Hathaway and Amanda Siegfried. Russell Crowe played a great 'baddie' but his signing wasn't really the highlight of his role.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter were both excellent for the roles they played of the innkeeper and his wife, the lightness in the darkness of the film, very funny.

Without giving away and spoilers, its difficult to describe how truly emotionally charged the film is, but as soon as the haunting music and chilling lyrics start, you do get a rush of pure sadness in places. So moving.

You know a film is good when the cinema audience give a round of applause at the end, and they did.

A must see film, at the cinema, for the pure spectacle and sound track.


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