Les Misérables

Les Misérables

DVD - 2013
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In early 19th century France the paroled prisoner Jean Valjean seeks redemption, regains his social standing, and rises to the rank of mayor. He encounters a beautiful but desperately ill woman named Fantine and cares for her daughter, Cosette, after her death. All the while he is obsessively pursued by the policeman Javert, who vows to make him pay for the crimes of his past.

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AMerr22
Oct 24, 2017

Too long.

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Gwen7154
Oct 23, 2017

'Les Misérables' was heartbreaking, spellbinding, and meaningful. I found the history lesson very interesting as well. The poor French. Oppressed, taxed, brutally treated… Crowe really played the part well, as the equivalent of a Pharisee—snide, snobbish, cruel, and obsessed with what he thought was right. Hathaway also took her part to an exceptional degree, displaying the poverty, hopelessness, and sorrow of her pitiful life.
Altogether, remarkably well done.

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Kiyugi
Oct 19, 2017

This movie has all the elements of a great movie, but alas, has missed the mark due to the miscasting of Hugh Jackman and Russell Crow. Both are amazing actors but this role calls for singing, and neither of them are up for it. Jackman has appeared on Broadway in a one-man musical and Crow used to be in an Australian rock band (who knew?). Both make stellar efforts, but the parts call for a musical theater voice close to operatic singing. Jackman's acting is first rate, but he's not suited for a role that calls for an operatic tenor. Where he most notably fails is the signature song "Bring Him Home." In the very beginning of the song, the singer must jump a full octave on the third note. His voice is clearly strained and the result is disappointing. The same is true for Crow, again, a superior actor, but not the right voice. Crow's voice is a deep baritone but his articulation is a bit muddled and misses the mark for Javert's final song.

The other actors are well cast and their songs ring with authenticity, especially Anne Hathaway's deeply moving interpretation of "I Dreamed a Dream." That performance soars and is the performance all others who follow her can only hope to match. Eddie Redmayne is authentically innocent and full of idealism and romance.

This movie deserves an A+ for effort, and a C+ for overall performance.

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SAM HRANAC
Jun 30, 2017

I saw this in a theater with my family when my singing daughter was 13. She had no idea what she was getting into and her back never touched the seat for the entire movie. She was lifted magically into that world. Years later she remembers it was like getting emotionally body slammed. And loving it.

I will always love this movie for that.

But yes. I really enjoyed it as well.

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

I fell in love with Eddie Redmayne. He is by far the best Marius ever!!! His voice is so dreamy and you feel the emotions that Mr. Pontemercy would be feeling! Truly incredible performance!!!!!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 13, 2017

Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's epic, sprawling (and quite sad) musical Les Miserables is adapted into this 2012 feature film. Telling the story of Jean Valjean, a man on the run from the local inspector Javert in early 19th century France who gets caught up in the June Rebellion, the movie attempts to fit a more-than-three-hour long stage show into a movie. With an all-star cast such as Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and more, the movie does a fairly good job at it. The story has themes of love, rebellion, hope, grief, and plenty others that provides something for everyone. I am a bit biased because I've seen Les Miserables on Broadway, but this is an acceptable substitute.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Les Miserables is a very beautiful and tragic story. This intense film expertly captures the themes and emotions needed to be conveyed in this classic. The cast has been flawlessly chosen with big stars such as Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, and more. The soundtrack is not only amazing but also extremely catchy and will remain stuck in your head for days. You can watch this movie numerous times and not get tired of it. I would rate this 4.5/5 stars, and would definitely recommend it to others.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Davidf05
Mar 06, 2017

I was very disappointed with this film adaptation of the musical,the 1997 version & the 10th anniversary concert are so much better.

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poodlegirl
Feb 18, 2017

I've seen this amazing play on stage 4 times, movie theater 1, PBS 1 and now this dvd. Every single time, I see something I've missed before. Such a story of grace, love, evil. The music is other-worldly beautiful. Thank you KCLS for providing us with this beautiful dvd. I may check it out again in a couple of years. OH, YES, make sure you see the end where the original cast comes out and the 4 longest-running Jean Valjeans who do a heart-stopping version of "Bring him home". Chilling.

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Dianemrsh2o
Oct 01, 2016

....a beautiful movie about every type of love there is!

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kaspr008
Jul 21, 2016

A fabulous movie! Amazing music, and very talented acting. Especially from Anne Hathaway and Russel Crowe and Hugh Jackman. Very moving storyline, overall great film. Good for 15+ but mature 13 and 14 year olds can watch also.

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Gwen7154
Oct 23, 2017

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

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Bakergirl_13
Dec 16, 2015

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Dec 11, 2014

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Oct 25, 2014

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Four_Seasons
Nov 03, 2013

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Sep 16, 2013

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Ventus279
Jun 03, 2013

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mizocean
May 18, 2013

mizocean thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

"Look down, and see, the sweepings of the street. Look down, look down, upon your fellow man."

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

“If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned! You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.”

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

"Do I care if I should die? Now she goes across the sea! Life without Cosette means nothing at all!!! Would you weep Cosette if I were to fall?" ~Marius Pontemercy (Eddie Redmayne)

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xhenalatifi
Nov 30, 2013

To love another person is to see the face of God.

aaa5756 Oct 29, 2013

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

mrsgail5756 Oct 27, 2013

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo

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viccmc
Oct 25, 2013

Bishop: "But remember this, my brother, see in this some higher plan. You must use this precious silver to become an honest man. By the witness of the martyrs, by the Passion and the Blood, God has raised you out of darkness; I have bought your soul for God!"

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viccmc
Oct 25, 2013

Gavroche: "This is the land I fought for liberty, now when we fight, we fight for bread... here is the thing about equality, everyone's equal when they're dead."

IreneReads May 12, 2013

"But the tigers come at night. With their voices soft as thunder. As they tear your hope apart. As they turn your dreams to shame. He slept one summer by my side. Filled my days with endless wonder. He took my childhood in his stride. But he was gone when autum came."

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aaa5756 Oct 29, 2013

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

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lulurocks
Apr 19, 2013

A man who started as prisoner of the law for stealing a loaf of bread. Ends up as a hero, by saving his daughter"s boyfriend from the french revolution. This was an awesome movie and I highly reccomand it! I love the songs too.

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Bakergirl_13
Dec 16, 2015

Other: a lot of talk about prostitutes. Also innuendo, like a woman trying to distract a man while stealing from him. Once a naked man appears with a very clear view of his backside, and there is a lot of cleavage shown. a woman is attacked on the streets. Someone commits suicide (I won't give away who). quite violent with lots of blood as it is during the french revolution.

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