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Neeson/Rush/Thurman ~ Les Miserables
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
This version of les Mis, which many do not know exists ,is a most powerful film; Geoffery Rush and Liam Neeson are a perfectly cast pair, the interaction between these two actors... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dianne
Initially viewed this movie on PBS and liked it so purchased the DVD.
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An excellent rendition of an age old Victor Hugo classic. First class acting within a brilliant story. Thank you.Published 12 months ago by Barrie Fisher
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 morePublished 24 months ago by George Jones
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 on Aug. 1 2013 by Jasoon
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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