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Les Miserables (1978)

Richard Jordan , Anthony Perkins , Glenn Jordan  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins, Cyril Cusack, Claude Dauphin, John Gielgud
  • Directors: Glenn Jordan
  • Writers: John Gay, Victor Hugo
  • Producers: Norman Rosemont, Ron Carr
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002235R6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Les Miserables" on IMDb

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Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins. The Victor Hugo classic about a man, imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, who eventually escapes and tries to put his past behind him-despite being pursued by the man who arrested him. 1978/color/123 min/NR/fullscreen.

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206 of 209 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD is missing 30 minutes June 26, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This 1978 British television production is one of the better English-language adapatations of Les Miserables. Unfortunately, the DVD release is missing 30 minutes of footage. Originally shown in two parts at a length of 150 minutes, the DVD edit has been chopped down to 120. (The VHS tape edition plays complete.)

Had I known this disc was an incomplete version I would not have purchased it. If you want to see the complete film --- and it's well worth it --- you'll need to buy the VHS tape.
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still moving after all these years.... April 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I saw this when it was originally telecast in the late 70s on TV as an Hallmark special presentation, and I never forgot it. What a relief to find it's available on video. However, I'm disappointed that it's been cut down to 2 hours - the original telecast on TV divided it into 2 showings (2 consecutive evenings), about 3 hours apiece, if I remember right. Not including commercials, I would estimate the original (uncut) version was about 4-5 hours. So, in this VHS version, the story moves VERY fast to squeeze it into 2 hours. Still great to watch, but again, it's very trimmed down and every scene moves very quickly. It would be great in the future if it would become available in the original uncut version on DVD or a 2 or 3-set VHS version.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Version of Them All December 19, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I only give five stars to works of art that stay with you and change who you are.

Quite simply, this is the best english-film-version of the story ever made. I think it's the best film-version period. If you've never seen it, see this first then watch the rest. If you don't know the story at all and can't bring yourself to read the book, see this.

As has already been noted by other reviewers, you should get the full-length version. Also, it's rather strange that this was made for television. We tend to credit such works as being of lesser value. But that would be quite mistaken in this case.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Captivating Film Experience of My Life. February 16, 2005
A Kid's Review
As a project in the latter days of my eighth-grade school year, our literature teacher asked that our class watch and review this film. We sat in a small room as the old tape began to roll. I noticed immediately that the film had to have been a TV-movie. I was skeptical as to how good it would be, even angry. I didn't want to waste my last days prior to high school watching a bunch of cheesy actors try to pull off lines that sounded like they were written by a toddler. Boy, was I wrong.

15 minutes into the movie, I was glued to the screen. I had never heard such a wonderful story before:

Jean Valjean, a starving young man with little means for cash, steals a loaf of bread and is sent to prison for five years. The sentence grows everytime Valjean tries to escape. After 19 years, Valjean makes a successful attempt at freedom but learns that the true punishment comes after he reenters society. However, when a kindly old man of the cloth gives Valjean a bed for the night, it sets the stage for an adventure that will span two life times.

See what I mean? If, like me, you have never read the book and know very little about the conclusion of the story, you're definetely gonna wanna pick up a copy of this, right? Rest assured, there's plenty of action. The special effects in the war scene at the end of the movie (yes, I said "war scene") aren't CGI, but they do the trick. The music is beautiful. The actors, especially Richard Jordan of "DUNE" and "GETTYSBURG" fame, do an excellent job.

I have seen many adaptations of this story since that first magical viewing. None of them pull it off quite as well. I went back and watched this movie again, not too long ago. Magic, just magic! Long live Valjean!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables June 22, 2005
A Kid's Review
Many of the complaints with this DVD release involved the film being shortened half an hour by LION'S GATE ENTERTAINMENT. Look folks, there's nothing wrong with a shorter version. Especially not this shorter version. The moments taken from the film are only the most redundant, and the story's power is not lost in the cuts. Secondly, a complaint has been made against the quality of the AUDIO-VIDEO presentation. I have seen this same film on video twice and I can tell you THIS FILM HAS NEVER LOOKED BETTER. Unlike a video cassette, DVDs do not have tape in them and therefore the picture and sound quality will always remain the same as long as the disc doesn't get scratched up. Why complain? Lastly, to those who have never seen this film and are not familiar with the novel, try another version first. Perhaps the 1998 version with Uma Thurman. The reason is that both versions tell virtually the same story, but one (1998) concentrates on being cinematic, while the other (1978) concentrates on just getting the story told. Period. No fancy special effects, no fast editing. Just plain, unadulterated LES MIS. That's the way I like it. If you are a fan of the book or the musical, or know enough of the story to sit through two hours, go for it. You'll never forget it. Trust me. I love LES MIS because of this film. The acting, the music. All incredible. Be patient, and you'll find something to love in this film. I guarantee it. Get impatient and you'll hate the whole thing. That about says it.

STORY: An escaped convict finds salvation with the help of a aged bishop, but trouble comes when a piece of his past attempts to remind him of his sins.

PROS: Action. Music. Acting. Directing.

CONS: Kinda slow. That's it, really.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to own a copy of this movie
Good to own a copy of this movie. It has been one of my favourite stories from my school days.
Published 7 days ago by Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Astra Transportation Corp.
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!!!!
Great movie!!! Saw it on tv back in the 80's. Anthony Hopkins did a good job!!!
Published 1 month ago by Clara Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Tracy Ebeling
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this one many years ago was good than and great now that I have it...
Saw this one many years ago was good than and great now that I have it in my collection !
Published 2 months ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Sobering stuff.
Published 2 months ago by B. A. Wheaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fine version of Victor Hugo's classic novel
Published 2 months ago by Miriam Blech
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite version. Everyone 12 and older should see this ...
This is my favorite version. Everyone 12 and older should see this movie.
Published 3 months ago by momofsix
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version
This is the best version of the story that I've seen as it really brings home the profound dynamic between law and Grace - and does so in a very entertaining and emotionally... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Larmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Movie
Les Miserables is one of my favorite movies and this version doesn't disappoint. If you like the story, then you may like this version which is older than some of the other... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sarah
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