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"Les Misérables" films
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Les Miserables (1998)
Starring: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes

Les Miserables

Director: Bille August
Rated: PG-13
Edition Details: NTSC format (VHS, for use in U.S. and Canada only); Color; Number of tapes: 1
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Synopsis: Frenchman Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson), imprisoned for stealing bread, is paroled after nearly two decades of hard labor. A gift of silver candlesticks from a kindly priest helps him begin anew. Forging a decent and profitable existence, he finds success as a businessman and as the mayor of a small town. He even takes in a pregnant young woman (Uma Thurman) and raises her daughter as his own. When a former prison guard (Geoffrey Rush) -- now a cop -- recognizes Valjean, his past catches up to him. The relentless Javert gives hot pursuit, intent on putting Valjean back in prison.

"Director Bille August culls mesmerizing performances from his cast. Location filming in Paris (and Prague) is another asset."

Les Misérables
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Boujenah, Allesandra Martines, Annie Girardot, Clementine Celarie, Philippe Leotard, Rufus, Ticky Holgado, Philippe Khorsand, Nicole Croisille.

Les Miserables

Director: Claude Lelouch
Movie released: 1995
Rated: R for violence; brief sex & language. ( Not for sale to persons under age 18.)
Runtime: 175 minutes (2 cassettes)
Description: Color; Hi-Fi; in French with white English subtitles
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Synopsis: It comes like lightning. The Nazis overrun France and for its proud people, it begins the most miserable of times. Yet it's not so miserable that the goodness of one man cannot triumph.

In Les Misérables, two-time Academy Award® winner Claude Lelouch fashions a magnificent achievement that won the Golden Globe Award as 1995's Best Foreign Language Film. Legendary Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as Henri Fortin, a true and simple man whose life parallels that of Jean Valjean, the hero of Victor Hugo's great novel. But those parallels do not mean a simple updating of Hugo's tale. Instead, Lelouch uses them to frame a towering cascade of events, traits and emotions: nobility, suffering, persistence, joy, hate, longing, love, greed, betrayal, war, peace and life-affirming hope. "After 34 films, I am dedicated to filming hope," Lelouch states. Here he does it with exquisite power and grace.



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