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Les Miserables (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 14 August 1952 (USA)
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A parole violator in early 19th Century France is relentlessly pursued and persecuted by an obsessive policeman.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Richard Murphy (screenplay), Victor Hugo (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Rennie ... Jean Valjean
Debra Paget ... Cosette
Robert Newton ... Etienne Javert
Edmund Gwenn ... Bishop Courbet
Sylvia Sidney ... Fantine
Cameron Mitchell ... Marius
Elsa Lanchester ... Madame Magloire
James Robertson Justice ... Robert
Joseph Wiseman ... Genflou
Rhys Williams ... Brevet
Florence Bates ... Madame Bonnet
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Storyline

After stealing a loaf a bread to feed a starving family, Jean Valjean is sentenced to ten years at hard labor as a galley slave. There he is taught to read and write by another prisoner and meets Javert, an obsessive policeman who was himself born to convict parents aboard a prison ship. After his release, Valjean is treated as a pariah but finally finds shelter in the home of a kindly bishop. Valjean repays the clergyman's generosity by stealing his silver plate. He is apprehended by the authorities and returned to the bishop but is amazed when the kindly old priest tells them that the valuable plates were a gift. This becomes a transforming experience for the ex-convict, who establishes himself under an assumed name in a small country village as factory manager and ultimately mayor. Unfortunately the newly-promoted Javert is assigned there as chief inspector. Although he doesn't recognize his old nemesis at first, the two clash over Javert's overzealous prosecution of the letter of ... Written by duke1029

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Victor Hugo's Immortal Classic! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

14 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Miserables See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,398,000
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Elsa Lanchester, who plays Madame Magloire, was married to Charles Laughton, the Etienne Javert of the 1935 version of Les Misérables (1935). See more »

Quotes

Bishop Courbet: It is the giver who receives the benefit of the gift, my son.
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The worst version rather in respect of Victor Hugo
14 February 2006 | by jcbernardoSee all my reviews

In reaction to the reviewer qualifying this the best version he has seen I feel obliged to point that Victor Hugo is not respected here ; Cosette had a peaceful childhood and appears with Hollywood pretty dresses, and Gavroche,the kid from the miserables (people in misery starving) which becomes an emblem dying during the revolutionary barricades against the oppressive crush from fortunate class and bourgeoisie, is reduced here to deliver a letter ! Try reach the director Raymond Bernard trilogy, with Harry Baur as Jean Valjean. You will discover reality, not "let's not hurt audience" casting or look. Another more faithful version is the one with Jean Gabin, but with so clean miserables ! No, the trilogy by Raymond Bernard, shown from decades on French TV, recently restored by Cinematheque Francaise, seems to be the Victor Hugo book alive. No concession, misery is there, corrupted houses, characters alive rather than actors on parade. This trilogy is beyond art, it is life, as Victor Hugo described it.


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