• Publication date: March 18, 2013

Les Miserables

Bille August’s adaptation to the 1862 Victor Hugo novel focuses on the intense adversarial relationship between Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert. After spending close to twenty years in prison for stealing bread, Valjean finds that the only person willing to put him up for the night is Bishop Myriel. Yet still Valjean steals Myriel’s silverware and flees, and once arrested Myriel covers up for him making him promise to treat others with kindness…

Program data

Duration: 150

Production Year: 1998

MBC Max:

April 11, 2015 14:00 (KSA) ~ April 11, 2015 13:00 (CLT)

Bille August’s adaptation to the 1862 Victor Hugo novel focuses on the intense adversarial relationship between Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson) and Inspector Javert (Geoffrey Rush).

After spending close to twenty years of cruelties and hard labor in prison for stealing bread to feed the family of his starving sister, Valjean finds that the only person willing to put him up (an ex-convict) for the night is Bishop Myriel (Peter Vaughan). Yet still Valjean steals Myriel’s silverware and flees, and once arrested Myriel covers up for him making Valjean promise to treat others with kindness, gifting him with silver candlesticks to help him get started.

With the two silver candlesticks as his startup capital, Valjean makes a life for himself as a businessman, and by 1882 has risen to mayor of the small village of Vigau. Valjean promises Fantine (Uma Thurman), a dying prostitute, to take care of her daughter Cosette (Claire Danes), who, when the time comes for the July 1832 revolution, falls in love with a revolutionary-minded Marius (Hans Matheson).

At first possessing no proof to present to Paris of his accusations against Valjean, Javert is shocked when a man called Carnot (John McGlynn) is accused of being Valjean and about to be sentenced. Valjean appears right in time to save the man’s life. But when Javert arrives at Valjean’s home to arrest him, he finds that he had already fled town and escaped with Cosette...

Starring:

  • Liam Neeson
  • Geoffrey Rush
  • Uma Thurman
  • Claire Danes
  • Hans Matheson
  • Reine Brynolfsson
  • John McGlynn
  • Shane Hervey
  • Jon Kenny
  • Gillian Hanna

Directed by:  Bille August

Rating:  PG-13 for violence, and for some sexual content.