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Les Miserables (Film) (Sous-titres français)

Liam Neeson , Geoffrey Rush , Bille August    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
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Frenchman Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson), imprisoned for stealing bread, is paroled after nearly two decades of hard labor. A gift of silver candlesticks from a kindly priest helps him begin anew. Forging a decent and profitable existence, he finds success as a businessman and as the mayor of a small town. He even takes in a pregnant young woman (Uma Thurman) and raises her daughter as his own. When a former prison guard (Geoffrey Rush) recognizes Valjean, his past catches up to him. Director Bille August culls mesmerizing performances from his cast, but loses us with an ending that panders to teen audiences. The focus shifts dramatically, and uncomfortably, from the haunted Neeson and his hawk-like pursuer, to his daughter (Claire Danes) and her romance with a handsome revolutionary. After this narrative shift, the script leaves behind the Victor Hugo classic's themes of revenge and redemption to focus improbably on teen angst--hardly what Hugo had on his mind. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
After seeing Les Miserables on Broadway, I became an instant fan. Haven't read the book yet, but I read many excerpts and know quite a bit about it.
While going through the TV guide one weekend, I was shocked to see that there was a Les Miserables movie on that night. My initial reaction was "YES! A Les Mis movie!". I got a blank tape ready to record it. Eventually, it came on. Hit the record button, and began watching.
..Sigh. I'll give it credit for the first half. Stayed pretty true to the story. However, Valjean was overly violent. And Valjean and Fantine's little romance? That made me laugh. A lot. But I dismissed it as minor things, and tried to enjoy the movie anyway.
Then...it got to the point where Cosette was older. Okay, so far, so good. They showed a man making a speech...my first thought "ENJOLRAS! YES!"....but no. It was Marius. I got upset, but meh, I have patience. 'They'll show Enjy soon enough', I thought.
As the movie continued, I inched closer and closer to the nearest sharp object. No Enjolras. No Eponine. No Friends of the ABC! What ever happened to Grantaire, everybody's favorite drunk cynic? Oh, I think he was in one scene, guarding Javert. About 5 seconds of fame. Yay for R.
They...murdered most of the remaining characters, in a sense.
And the ending....oh god, don't even get me STARTED. It was the source of jokes between me and my friend for...hell, we're still making jokes about it. Javert randomly deciding to handcuff himself, falling backwards into 2 feet of water, and sinking like a brick...while Valjean watches, then prances off smiling.... Why....WHY?!
Don't watch this movie. Read the book, and/or see the musical. This movie is simply a huge joke.
The only reason I'm giving it 2 stars is because it gave me a source of amusement for a long time. Between the ending and an earlier scene where Javert keeps telling Valjean "You must punish me"....hehehehe, we all know that he wan-- ::gets shot::
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Les Miserables, but a good movie June 4 2003
Format:DVD
1. Valjean does not looked as aged as he would or as dirty as he would if he just spent 20 years at a horrible prison that treated him like lower than dirt.
2. Valjean punches the bishop out when he is stealing the silver. Valjean would NEVER punch out the bishop- but I guess they had to make it more interesting. The bishop didn't even wake up in the book when he was stealing the silver.
3. They completely left out the part when Fantine sold her teeth. This is very minor, but it would have given the movie more oomf and would wrench at your heart like it does in the book.
4. Javert did not beat on Fantine in the book- he simply arrested her! Why all of the violence?!
5. Valjean had no love interest in Fantine in the book. They make Valjean and Fantine fall in love. This is turning into a romance movie!
6. In the book, Javert did not kill Fantine by insulting her and saying that she will never see Cosette again. This was just something cruel that they added to the story. I guess it was so that you would hate Javert more.
7. Although you may have seen this in the musical, Valjean did not punch out Javert in the book. Again, more violence not needed.
8. The Thenardiers weren't as evil as they were in the book. Eponine and the other daughters were not mentioned. Gavroche was not mentioned.
9. Why did Enjolras suddenly become Marius? They do not even develop his character. Enjolras is not even in the movie, and his figure is VERY important in the book.
10. Javert did not tie up Cosette and call her a in the book. I am sure of this.
11. Javert did not commit suicide in front of Valjean. Talk about having absolutely no emotion! He had no emotion while committing suicide.
A good movie if you have never read the book, but you will be angry if you read the book or enjoy the musical.
Stick to the book, my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
This isn't Les Miserables. This doesn't even remotely resmble Les Miserables. For heaven's sake, even the musical was truer to the story than this! The Valjean of this movie never really repents, which takes away the theme of the story. He is driven by self-preservation rather than duty to God. Javert is pitifully one-dimensional. Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush do an admirable job with what they have to work with, but it's kind of a lost cause. Their acting was the only thing that got this movie up to two stars. Fantine isn't too bad, but her romantic relationship with Valjean drove me to laughter, rather than making me cry. Claire Danes as Cosette makes me want to throw blunt objects at the TV screen. She portrays the easy-going Cosette as a whining, spoiled brat. If it's possible, Marius is even worse. He gripes, he's pushy, and he's not even cute in this version! And where have Enjolras and Eponine gone? Marius leading the students? Is this a joke? They've cut out the love triangle? That's kind of a suicidal move on their part-Eponine is the character everyone likes! Please don't waste your money on this pitiful excuse for a re-vamp.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good... Inconsistant Nov. 7 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I did read the unabridged novel before I stumbled over this movie and to tell you the truth, yes I did enjoy the movie, except for those little things that were changed from the novel. I was a little annoyed with Jean Valjean resorting to violence in three different occasions that did not happen in the book. Valjean did not hit the Bishop, definately not Javert, and he would never hit Cosette. After that, the only last thing I had a problem with was Marius in place of Enjolras. Marius's beliefs were not with this friends' revolution and only appeared on the barricade after Valjean decided to leave Paris. Marius is nothing like Enjolras. He's too love-struck. Ontop of that, I missed Eponine. Where was Eponine? One little shot of her with Azelma. (...) I'll admit one would be a little joyful knowing that you were free, but that was a sacrifice that couldn't be repeated...
Aside from all the gripes I have about it, I have to say, it was pretty good. Some of the script and lines were very similar to the dialogue in the book. I loved Geoffrey Rush's Javert. He did an excellent job. I watch it again and again just to see him.
Oops, I'm ranting again. ^.^;;
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie!
Published 1 month ago by Mary Mulvihill
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful version
This is a movie that we have watched more than once. If you're not thankful for the time in which we live and where we live, just watch this story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by George Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Not a musical but the an actual movie. A must have for Les Miserables fans. It explains a lot that is missing from the musical.
Published 12 months ago by Jasoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables
I have seen plenty of DVDs which are really good but,Les Miserables is excellent. The story itself unfolds the past misery Jean Valjean had suffered and extends
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Published 15 months ago by Rose Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase!
Perfect condition, exactly what I was expecting and what I paid for. Excellent price as well... definitely a must have. Great purchase!
Published 19 months ago by karli
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This is good movie because it is about grace and forgiveness - a concept so foreign in today's society that it's nice to see it in a movie. The actors do a great job. Read more
Published on April 17 2012 by Lynette M. Hoogerdijk
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables
I've always liked this movie. Great actors, excellent plot. One of the all times Classics in my opinion. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2009 by Judy Melless
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic from Victor Hugo
Those actors and actresses are absolutly perfect, you will love that movie! All the characters are very entertaining and the story is going to take you away. Read more
Published on March 6 2009 by Ophelia
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but.....
Great movie, but the book was better...The movie is about the ex-convict, Jean Valjean, trying to help Fantine, a poor woman trying to make enough money to pay the Thenardiers to... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Confusion
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable classic!
I can't judge this movie fairly. I have read the book and watched the musical, both live and on DVD. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by huiwen86
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