Les Miserables (1998)
Front Cover Actor
Liam Neeson Jean Valjean
Geoffrey Rush Inspector Javert
Uma Thurman Fantine
Claire Danes Cosette
Hans Matheson Marius
Reine Brynolfsson Captain Beauvais
Peter Vaughan Bishop
Christopher Adamson Bertin
Tim Barlow Lafitte
Timothy Bateson Banker
Mimi Newman Cosette (age 8)
Movie Details
Genre Crime; Drama; Romance
Director Bille August
Producer James Gorman; Sarah Radclyffe
Writer Victor Hugo; Rafael Yglesias
Studio Sony Pictures Entertainment; Sony Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 2 hr 14 mins
Country UK
Color Color
Plot
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
Personal Details
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Index 1403
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 7/27/04
Store Copy
Owner NF
Links Amazon US
IMDB
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Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 043396239999
Chapters
Release Date 4/1/03
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen