Les Miserables (1978)





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Movie Info

The 1979 TV movie Les Miserables was advertised as the 12th feature film to be based on the 1862 Victor Hugo novel (and that was a modest estimate). This time, Richard Jordan is the persecuted French ex-convict Jean Valjean, and Anthony Perkins is the relentless police officer Javert, who dogs Valjean's trail for forty years. Screenwriter John Gay does a nice compression job on Hugo's mammoth novel, including most of the familiar episodes ("The Bishop's Candlesticks" etc.) and reintroducing several vignettes that had been ignored by earlier adaptations. Norman Rosemont produced Les Miserables on a lavish scale in both England and France, populating the cast with several of Europe and America's best actors (including veteran Claude Dauphin, in his last screen appearance). Les Miserables debuted as a three-hour "IBM Special" on December 27, 1978.
Art House & International , Drama , Television
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Richard Jordan
as Jean Valjean
Anthony Perkins
as Insp. Javert
Cyril Cusack
as Fauchelevent
John Gielgud
as Gillenormand
Claude Dauphin
as Bishop Myriel
Flora Robson
as The Prioress
Celia Johnson
as Sister Simplice
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Critic Reviews for Les Miserables

All Critics (3)

Even if it's mostly one for the Les Misérables completionists, they're not likely to walk away disappointed.

Full Review… | January 20, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

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July 22, 2005

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November 3, 2004

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July 28, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Les Miserables

The best movie adaptation of this wonderful book. Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins are excellent rivals. I only wish the DVD wasn't a shortened version of the movie.

Bill Wood
Bill Wood

Pretty good movie. May have to read the novel...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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Anthony Hopkins at his wicked best (again). He is changed but can't handle it. Through the course of life...forgiveness, love, selflessness, and humility, Jean shows Hopkin's character the truth of humanity...forgiveness and unconditional love.

Sandra Edwards
Sandra Edwards

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