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Les Miserables
- Gerard Depardieu

Overview - TELEVISION RELEASE: JANUARY 7, 2001 (FOX FAMILY CHANNEL) Director Josée Dayan, screenwriter Didier Decoin (JAKOB THE LIAR), and star Gérard Depardieu had previously collaborated on an adaptation of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and a biopic on BALZAC.  Read more...

 
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Overview

TELEVISION RELEASE: JANUARY 7, 2001 (FOX FAMILY CHANNEL) Director Josée Dayan, screenwriter Didier Decoin (JAKOB THE LIAR), and star Gérard Depardieu had previously collaborated on an adaptation of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and a biopic on BALZAC. They combined their talents again for this fine version of Victor Hugo's classic novel. LES MISÉRABLES has been adapted for the screen many times but rarely with such fidelity to the novel. Jean Valjean (Depardieu) is imprisoned at a young age for stealing bread. In prison, the young man hardens into bitterness under the watchful, unforgiving eye of Javert (John Malkovich), a lawman who doesn't believe in redemption. Javert continues to hound Valjean, even after the convict leaves prison and changes his ways. Valjean devotes his life to protecting the orphaned daughter of a young woman whose life he inadvertently helped destroy. This adaptation is appropriately down and dirty, effectively portraying the dehumanizing grimness of French peasant life before the revolution. The film features strong performances from Depardieu and the lovely Virginie Ledoyen as Cosette, but its real virtue is in Malkovich's performance as the misguided Javert. Malkovich captures the humanity of the character, making him as tragic a figure, in his own way, as Valjean.

Cast List

Victor Hugo - Author
Jean-Claude Guerin - French Film Producer, LES MISERABLES (2001)
Gérard Depardieu - French Actor/Director
Virginie Ledoyen - French actress, THE BEACH
Didier Decoin - French Screenwriter
Christian Clavier - French Screenwriter/Actor
Charlotte Gainsbourg - French actress, MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS
Josée Dayan - Director
Asia Argento - Italian Actress
Veronica Ferres - French Actress, LES MISERABLES (2001)
Willy Stassen - CINEMATOGRAPER
Richard Cunin - Production Designer
Jean-Claude Petit - Composer, LES MISERABLES (2001)
John Malkovich - American Actor/Producer
Enrico Lo Verso - Italian Actor/"Ladro..Bambini
Jeanne Moreau - French actress/director/screenwriter
Marie-Joseph Yoyotte

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 180
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 741952738398
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: March 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Television
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Made-For-Network TV
Prison
Adaptation
Crime
France
Based On A Novel

 
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Notes:
Television release: January 7, 2001 (Fox Family Channel). The film was shot on location in Paris, France, and the Czech Republic. Estimated budget: $20 million. A French-language version was shot simultaneously and aired in France as an eight-hour miniseries, twice as long as the English-language version. Guillaume Depardieu (POLA X), Gérard's son, makes a brief appearance as the young Jean Valjean. Asia Argento (Éponine Thénardier) is the daughter of famed Italian horror film director Dario Argento. Jeanne Moreau (Mère Innocente) is perhaps best known as the star of François Truffaut's JULES AND JIM. Christian Clavier (Thénardier) is an extremely popular actor in France--the star of LES VISITEURS and the ASTERIX movies. Depardieu and Malkovich previously worked together on Randall Wallace's 1998 version of THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK. Malkovich said that making LES MISÉRABLES "was an enormous amount of work, by far the most work I've ever done on anything." Fox Family Channel senior vice president Tom Halleen told the New York Daily News, "Many [people] say, 'There have been many versions, why would you do it?' Because it's a great story, a story of redemption, in some ways a story of good versus evil and about a father's love for his daughter." Depardieu answered the same question by saying, "Because it was on TV and on TV we could take time to respect the book."

 
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