Les MisérablesMay 1, 1998
Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives…
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 7.3/10 (15,654 voted)
Stars: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman
Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France.
Writers: Victor Hugo, Rafael Yglesias
(as Zdenék David)
(as Edna Dore)
The legend comes to life.
Sony (DVD release) |
Release Date: 1 May 1998
Filming Locations: Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
Opening Weekend: $5,011,840
(3 May 1998)
(19 July 1998)
Did You Know?
A key character from the original novel is only featured briefly. Despite the limited screen time for the character of Eponine in this film version, she has a major role in both the book and the stage musical, as part of a love triangle that also includes Marius and Cosette. (Whether this is truly a love triangle is somewhat debatable, as Cosette and Marius are thoroughly in love. Eponine is only seen as a little sister type by Marius, who she loves deeply and – as she admits in song in the musical – "On My Own".)
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
The character of GRANTAIRE is listed in the credits as GRANTIER.
[pointing a pistol at Valjean with a trembling hand]
Are you a convict? Is that true?
Where's the inspector in there?
Did you kill him?
[Valjean shakes his head]
[lowers his pistol]
That's a pity.
[hands over his pistol to Valjean]
You'd better hit me hard enough… to make a lump.
Lord, Have Mercy!!
Wow, pinch me…..I must be dreaming.
This is a Grade A exhibit of how you can still make a terrific movie
today without profanity, tons of violence and-or sex…..AND how you
can make a picture which carries a good, moral message. This is one of
truly rare modern-day films that actually espouses mercy and
forgiveness instead of revenge.
This is simply a solid film with a very satisfying ending….satisfying
to people who aren't in love with edgy, nasty endings…..such as
almost all your professional movie critics. So, if your favorite critic
didn't give this film a good review – and most did not – please ignore
In addition to the involving storyline and excellent acting by Liam
Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes, the viewer is
treated to some beautiful European countryside scenery. My only
complaint of this film is the shoddy treatment it received on DVD. No
extras and so-so sharpness. Like the movie itself, it deserves more