Overall Rank: 2620
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 62
Theatrical Release Date: 05/01/1998
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Bille August
Actors: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Hans Matheson, Reine Brynolfsson
Plot: This version of Victor Hugo's classic novel puts the relationship between Jean Valjean, convicted of a petty crime and released, only to break his parole and Inspector Javert, the man who makes it his life's goal to track him down - to the forefront. The pursuit consumes both men - professionally and personally - leading up to the student revolution in France. -- Chris Kavan
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shutterspeed777 - wrote on 04/22/2009
Often mistaken to have occurred during the much earlier French Revolution (1789-1799), the more accurate setting would be the PARIS UPRISING of 1832. I have seen this on stage in Broadway in 1991( my first time to visit New York from Asia) and I was just consumed by it. My brother's educational theatre in the Philippines came up with a Filipino adaptation but was a far cry from the original. But it just goes to show you how far-reaching this play had been, let alone a third-world country adapting it to appear indigenous.
Hence the formidable challenge to come up with a film version. There were, of course, several deviations from the novel. Some would include reduction of roles for characters significant in HUGO's accounts. These will include the Thenardiers, Eponine and …
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