Les Misérables

Les Misérables

Blu-ray Disc - 1998
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An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 1998
Branch Call Number: MIS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 21, 2017

In my opinion this is the best non-musical version of Les Miserables. Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman............EXCELLENT actors.

Dec 26, 2016

I’ve seen several versions of “Les Miserables” and this version is pretty good, though it cuts a great deal out of the story. Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush do a great job at playing Jean Valjean and Javert, two of literature’s most famous characters. Assume the story took place in America in 2016. Which would be Trump and which would be Clinton? Great literature is like that. Its lessons are universal.

Aug 07, 2016

Excellent and compelling performances by all involved. However, I think more should have been added to the ending.

Jun 21, 2016

WOW! This 1998 movie version of Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Miserables, is one of the best movies I have seen. For those of you who were disappointed with the latest musical version of the same story, like I was, this version will be a great learning and entertaining experience. It is a must-see!
The lead actors were superb!

Dec 26, 2014

While I can't compare this 1998 version to either the novel or other films, I enjoyed Geoffrey Rush's menacing Inspector Javert immensely. Bille August's direction is thoughtful and intimate, and the settings are beautifully photographed. A good history lesson about the 1832 June Paris Rebellion.

Jun 23, 2014

Excellent rendition of the famous novel of redemption by Victor Hugo. Highly entertaining right up to the climatic ending...

May 19, 2014

Rated 8/10.

Jan 25, 2014

If no time to READ the story, much better to first see this movie version get the story straight THEN watch the latest musical. Liam Neeson and especially Geoffrey Rush are cast perfectly. Maybe the best role Rush has played in many other great ones.

Sep 06, 2013

I was astounded by the cinematography, the performances, and the gorgeous score (and this wasn't even the Broadway musical). I love Liam Neeson in general, so I was almost instantly drawn to him in this role. The part where he hit the Bishop did shock me, but I understand where that aggressiveness came from. He's supposed to be a man who has been locked away from civilization, and seems like an animal on the outside; but his goodness becomes more apparent as the movie continues. I thought it was amazing. It moved me to tears, maybe even more than the movie musical did. And for those who said the musical sucked and would have been better off as a movie, well, here it is.

Jul 30, 2013

I enjoyed it. Liam Neeson is one of those actors that automatically draws empathy from me -- he just seems like a genuinely nice guy (maybe it's typecasting). And if he's in a film, I typically find it more agreeable. Geoffrey Rush has a darkness about him that fit the role of Javert perfectly. But I was disappointed in the director's development of that character. He wasn't as maniacally obsessed with Jean Valjean as I felt it necessary to justify his monumental decision at the saga's conclusion. A viewer new to the Victor Hugo tale would probably be left astonished and bewildered... My favorite version still remains the 1935 with Fredric March & the inimitable Charles Laughton. This was still very good, though.

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Jul 30, 2013

Bishop (after telling the police Valjean was innocent of stealing the church's silverware): "Now don't forget -- don't ever forget, you've promised to become a new man." Jean Valjean: "Promise? Wha... why are you doing this?" Bishop: "Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil. With this silver, I have bought your soul. I've ransomed you from fear and hatred, and now I give you back to God."

Jul 30, 2013

Jean Valjean (as mayor, to Javert, who has confessed backstabbing Valjean): "I order you to forgive yourself."

Jul 30, 2013

Javert: "...Reform is a discredited fantasy. Modern science tells us that people are by nature, law breakers or law abiders. A wolf could wear sheep's clothing but he's still a wolf."

Jul 30, 2013

Marius (of The Revolution): "If we can't win today, then none of us have a future." Jean Valjean: "You have love. That's the only future God gives us."

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Jul 29, 2013

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Jan 18, 2016

Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the plot follows the life and struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean. A French police inspector relentlessly pursues Valjean despite repeatedly demonstrating his benevolence after turning his life around after an act of mercy.


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