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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Liam Neeson
Director: Bille August Cast: Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
, Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
, Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
Bille August

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Overview

Bille August directed this Rafael Yglesias adaptation of the 1862 classic by Victor Hugo (1802-1885) about the quest of Inspector Javert to capture escaped convict Jean Valjean, originally an honest man who was jailed for stealing a single loaf of bread to feed the family of his starving sister. This new interpretation of Hugo's epic begins with Valjean (Liam Neeson), released after 20 years of cruelties and hard labor, reporting for parole in Dijon. Stopping at a bishop's house, he's treated with respect, but even so, he steals silverware, flees, and is captured. However, the bishop says the silverware was a gift, proving Valjean's innocence by giving him two silver candlesticks. Valjean is free, but the bishop asks him to treat others with equal kindness. By 1822, Valjean has risen to mayor of the village of Vigau, where he also maintains a successful factory. Joining the local police, Inspector Javert (Geoffrey Rush) is suspicious of Valjean's identity and eventually recognizes him as a former convict, but Javert has no proof when he carries his accusations to Paris. Valjean develops a relationship with Fantine (Uma Thurman), who lost her factory job because of local attitudes about her illegitimate daughter. The starving Fantine turns to prostitution, is arrested and tortured by Javert, and becomes ill. As she dies, Valjean promises to raise her daughter Cosette. Focusing on Valjean's life with Cosette (Claire Danes), the story is set amid the action of the July 1832 Revolution, a time when Cosette falls in love with a militant student, Marius (Hans Matheson). On the banks of the Seine, Valjean and Javert have their final confrontation.


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Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2012
UPC: 0043396415195
Original Release: 1998
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 2,770

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Jean Valjean
Geoffrey Rush Javert
Uma Thurman Fantine
Claire Danes Cosette
Hans Matheson Marius
Reine Brynolfsson Captain Beauvais
Peter Vaughan Bishop
Mimi Newman Cosette (age 8)
Toby Jones Door Keeper
Kathleen Byron Actor

Technical Credits
Bille August Director
Anna Asp Production Designer
Janus Billeskov-Jensen Editor
Jean-Francois Casamayou Executive Producer
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Leonora Davis Casting
James Gorman Producer
Peter Grant Art Director
Caroline Hewitt Co-producer
Jörgen Persson Cinematographer
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Guy Travers Asst. Director
Rafael Yglesias Screenwriter

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