In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 7.6/10 (3,755 voted)
Critic's Score: 61/100
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Storyline Prisoner 24601, known as Jean Valjean, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.
Writers: Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil
Cast: Hugh Jackman
Sacha Baron Cohen
Helena Bonham Carter
Filming Locations: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Did You Know?
Producer Cameron Mackintosh, who also produced the original stage musical in England, has wanted to do a film version of it since the early 90's.
Eponine, find her for me! Éponine:
What will you give me? Marius:
Got you all excited now, but God knows what you see in her! Aren't you all delighted now?
[Marius offers her money]
No, I don't want your money, sir.
Even if you don't like musicals, you really should see this one
As a massive film fan, my tastes are very wide-ranging, but I do have a
problem with musicals. Nevertheless I was happy to take the opportunity
of a private viewing of "Les Misérables" at the London office of
distributors Universal - the day after the London première and a month
before the UK release - because of the outstanding success of the
original stage show (a run of 27 years with a total audience of over 60
million) and the surprising and impressive cast list (Russell Crowe,
Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter,
Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne).
The showing was introduced by producer Eric Fellner of Working Title
who underlined the commercial challenge of making a film in which all
the dialogue is sung and the themes are so political and praised
director Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") for his insistence that every
take was sung live.
The two main characters are presented in the opening seconds of a
sweeping introductory sequence: the police inspector Javert (Crowe) and
the prisoner 24601 Jean Valjean (Jackman) in post-revolutionary France.
There follows over two and half hours with barely a spoken word which
will not appeal to all cinema-goers, but the production is a triumph
with Cameron Mackintosh's musical opened up by dramatic shooting on
Pinewood's brand new Richard Attenborough stage and some historic
If Crowe and especially Jackman are excellent, Hathaway - who lost 25
pounds and most of her hair for the role - is outstanding as the
destitute Fantine and Cohen and Carter almost steal the show as the
comical Thénardier innkeepers.
I'm not sure how long it will take for "Les Misérables" to recoup its
investment cash- wise, but it's going to win award after award and