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Les Miserables (Film) (Sous-titres français)

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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Christopher Adamson, Tim Barlow
  • Directors: Bille August
  • Writers: Rafael Yglesias, Victor Hugo
  • Producers: Caroline Hewitt, James Gorman, Michel Siksik, Sarah Radclyffe
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 3 1998
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 076781505X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,933 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Victor Hugo's stirring novel of redemption and revolution is brought to life by the artistry of director Billie August and his brilliant cast. Liam Neeson stars as Jean Valjean, a heartless convict who is transformed by a single act of mercy. Uma Thurman is Fantine, the vulnerable prostitute who begs Valjean to raise her only child, Cosette (Claire Danes). And Oscar(r)-winner Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor, Shine, 1996) is an ambitious policeman determined to return Valjean to prison. A truly epic film, LES MISÉRABLES is Magnificent! A compelling and powerful human drama with terrific performances by Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush.


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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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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Liam Neeson gives a great performance; his talent is quite evident (as usual). In my estimation, this is the best version since the 1935 performance of the same movie with Frederic March. A great buy!
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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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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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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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