- Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Boujenah, Alessandra Martines, Salomé Lelouch, Annie Girardot
- Directors: Claude Lelouch
- Writers: Claude Lelouch, Victor Hugo
- Producers: Claude Lelouch, Jean-Paul De Vidas, Tania Zazulinsky
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: French, German
- Rated: R (Restricted)
- Number of tapes: 2
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
- Run Time: 175 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6304032595
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Les Miserables [VHS]
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This is neither a movie based on the book or the broadway musical; it is not merely a retelling of Hugo's novel in modern times- it is a beautiful masterpiece that follows a period of time filled with fear, ignorance, oppression, suffering, miserable ones, war, greed, and betrayal. We follow the story of Henri Fortin (Jean Paul Belmondo), whose father died while trying to escape from a prison that unjustly sentenced him based on appearances. Henri Sr. was the driver of a man who commited suicide, and the police assumed that Henri Sr. killed the man. His wife, much like Fantine in the book, does everything she can to raise money for a lawyer, making her son Leopold, who she now calls Henri, work to raise money. She is forced into prostitution. Henri Sr. dies on an attempt to escape, so the wife kills herself. Henri Jr. starts a boxing career, and World War I ends. However, peaceful times never come because soon comes World War II. The Jews are being betrayed by all their friends. Henri is called a Jean Valjean because many people feel that his life parallels that of Jean Valjean. He helps a family of Jews travel towards Switzerland and gets their daughter into the Academy of the Sacred Heart for safety. As they drive they read him Les Miserables since he cannot read or write. He is amazed at the story and feels that Les Miserables can be applied to any situation in life. He starts seeing parallels to Cosette and Valjean.
It is a beautiful story that will surely make you cry! It is in French and has subtitles. I don't speak French but I had no problem with it. I read quickly and I had to rewind a couple of times because the subtitles go by so quickly, but that was no problem for me!Read more ›
Jean Paul Belmondo's performance, while breath-taking is well and truly matched by the incredible ensemble cast's performances. The beautifully measured pace of the film and the exceptional story telling transported us through every emotion possible and left us not only wanting to live better lives, but with a shared experience that cemented our friendship forever.
That's the power of great story telling.
I rank this film as among the best ever made and can not recommend it highly enough to others, seeking to experience its rare riches.
ps. Of course, all good stories end with the morals firmly in place - For me, Les Mis's is "Be True" - Oh.... and the girl is now my wife and we will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of our Les Mis outing in a few days.
UPDATE: The quality and power of this film notwithstanding I can't express my sadness and disappointment vigorously enough to learn that it is NOT available on DVD or BLU RAY with English - utterly ridiculous .... to deny so many people the chance to enjoy the film in its fullness because of this is just plain dumb. It is also the reason pirate copies are floating around on the internet I imagine.
Ultimately, this becomes the story of the young Henri, whom we next encounter at the end of World War I. Now a boxer, he is soon to become a contender. By 1931, however (when we next meet him), that part of his life is behind him as well, and he has become a furniture mover; and with his own truck, he is able to at least make a passable living. But at this point, we are introduced to Andre Ziman (Michel Boujenah) who has just met the soon-to-be Mme Ziman (Alessandra Martines), who by the beginning of the Second World War are destined, along with their young daughter, Salome (Salome), to become an integral part of Henri's (also played by Jean-Paul Belmondo) life.Read more ›
The film runs the gamut of human emotion - from the horrors of war to the joys of young love and hope for the future. For all of the miserable things that exist in the world - this film shows us the rays of hope that truly make life worth living.
This is truly a cinematic work of art. The cinematography is beautiful and the soundtrack is profound and emotionally-charged.
Don't miss this one - it is film-making at its absolute best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had this transferred from VHS to dvd. They didn't even charge me since it was a mediocre job but it is playable. Why Warner Bros. Read morePublished 7 months ago by t
A truly memorable film, but the only copy I have been able to get is all in French - which I struggle with! Read morePublished 12 months ago by David A. Haines
Ordered this tape from Kismet for a Xmas Present. Came when it was supposed to. Infortunately, the person who's present this was, was unable to run it through here machine for... Read morePublished 24 months ago by John W Stevenson
The world really, really needs a Blu-Ray DVD of this great movies. I'm hoping the good folks at Criterion save this from the VHS scrapheap. It's one of the best movies ever.Published 24 months ago by C. Nicholas Morrison
The movie would not play on my brand new Blue Ray player. I'm in the process of sending it back.Published on February 3, 2014 by Joseph Milosch
This was a Xmas Gift. We thought it did not have sub titles, it did. for soe reason, it did not work on the machine.Published on February 2, 2014 by John Stevenson
This is so different than all the other Les Mis films. This is such a wonderful story of love and hope, give by a man who has neither. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Linda Owens
This is a great version of Les Miserable. Love the story within story concept. Victor Hugo would be proud. A definite must have movie. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Kathy Wanner
I absolutely love this Belmondo version of the classic. The story-telling here comprises a rich tapestry through time...
Only wish a N. Read more
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