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Les Miserables

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Glenn Jordan

Victor Hugo's towering story of 18th century France is presented in a television production, and one of the highest quality. The immortal story of a minor thief who rises above his past only to be hounded by a dour chief inspector who believes the … see full wiki

Cast: Cyril Cusack
Director: Glenn Jordan
Release Date: 1978
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Les Miserables

Les Miserables, Anthony Perkins 1978

  • May 24, 2003
Pros: Anthony Perkins is chilling

Cons: none

The Bottom Line: _______________

Rather than watch his sister’s family starve to death, Jean Valjean, an out-of-work woodcutter, steals a loaf of bread. Reminiscent of Kevin Bacon’s Murder in the First, Jean is dealt a serious sentence, 5 years, for a mere loaf of bread.

So begins a life long saga of two men pitted against each other and against the establishment. Jean Valjean, true, he is guilty of that loaf stealing, and Javert, his jailer and nemesis. Many times he attempts escape from the tortuous prison, each time getting caught and having his sentence extended by 5 years, 10 years – he is practically doing life for a loaf of bread.

Each time he vows to Javert he will escape and some day he will kill Javert.

Jean Valjean finally makes his escape good, meets a man that changes his life and turns to the good instead of harboring his vengeful ways. However, Javert never forgets his threats, nor forgets him, and makes it his goal to someday catch and incarcerate this criminal once again.

Adapted from the Victor Hugo novel by John Gay and directed by Glenn Jordan, this 1978 release stars Richard Jordan as Jean Valjean and Anthony Perkins as Javert. The first notation I’ve seen of this movie dates back to 1909, since then it has been released with many different stars that, I am sure, portray their characters quite well.

Jordan appears both subservient and powerful in this adaptation. With beautifully expressive eyes, we watch this man evolve from pauper to king, rags to riches, often showing more through his eyes than his words. Even better, Perkins was everything malevolent and disruptive as his jailer. Holding himself quite Napoleon like in his stature and bearing, with just the glimmer of madness in his eyes, he was very captivating.

Photography was wonderfully done with good attention to period detail. Overall the production was quite satisfactory, even considering the morose story being told.

This release garnered director Glenn Jordan a nomination for Emmy for best direction in a limited series.

I highly recommend this movie.


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