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Bille August

Les Misérables

131' - 1998 - Crime, Drama, Romance - Dialogue: English
Director: Bille August Composer: Basil Poledouris With: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman
This new interpretation of Victor Hugo's epic begins with Jean Valjean, released after 20 years of cruelties and hard labour, reporting for parole in Dijon. Stopping at a bishop's house, he's treated with respect, but even so he steals silverware, flees and is captured. However, the bishop says the silverware was a gift, proving Valjean's innocence by giving him two silver candlesticks. Jean Valjean is free, but the bishop asks him to treat others with equal kindness. By 1822, Valjean has risen to mayor of the village of Vigau, where he also maintains a successful factory. Joining the local police, Inspector Javert is suspicious of Valjean's identity and eventually recognises him as the former convict, but he has no proof …

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Bille August


Basil Poledouris


Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman

Director of Photography

Jörgen Persson


Janus Billeskov Jansen


Sarah Radclyffe, James Gorman

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Countries of production

United Kingdom, Germany

Screenplay based on

"Les Misérables" (Victor Hugo)



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