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Wow!  Les Miserables totally blew me away.  I loved the stage play – and I had high hopes for the film, and my expectations were exceeded.

Hugh Jackman deserves an award nomination or two or three for his role as Jean Valjean, the former prisoner who turns himself into a model citizen.  This is probably one of the toughest roles in all the musical plays, in part because it’s both physically and vocally challenging.  Hugh doesn’t let us down.  He’s totally amazing!

Russell Crowe is a little out of his league vocally for the part of Javert, the policeman who becomes Valjean’s nemesis.  But his acting works for the part, and the relationship between the two men is intense and believable.

Anne Hathaway takes on the role of Fantine, and she is exquisitely fragile and vulnerable.  And her voice is a huge surprise – just beautiful!  Her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” is a show stopper.

Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen provide comic relief as the innkeepers who are supposed to be taking care of Fantine’s daughter, Cosette.

The rest of the cast is fantastic – notably Samantha Barks as Eponine – I think we’ll be seeing a lot more from this girl!

Director Tom Hooper had the actors sing in real time on set rather than looping in their voices in post production.  This was a big risk, and it paid off – it makes the movie very gritty and real.  We’re invested in the characters all the more because their emotions show up right there in the moment.  It’s perfect.

All in all, I think Les Mis was one of my very favorite movies of 2012.  A must-see!



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Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 157 min - Music, Drama, Romance - 25 December 2012
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An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

Director:  Tom Hooper
Stars:  Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone, Cavin Cornwall, Josef Altin, David Hawley, Adam Jones, John Barr, Tony Rohr, Richard Dixon, Andy Beckwith, Colm Wilkinson, Stephen Bent, Georgie Glen, Heather Chasen, Paul Thornley, Paul Howell, Stephen Tate, Michael Jibson, Kate Fleetwood, Hannah Waddingham, Clare Foster, Kirsty Hoiles, Jenna Boyd, Alice Fearn, Alison Tennant, Marilyn Cutts, Cathy Breeze, John Albasiny, Bertie Carvel, Tim Downie, Andrew Havill, Dick Ward, Nicola Sloane, Daniel Evans, David Stoller, Ross McCormack, Jaygann Ayeh, Adrian Scarborough, Frances Ruffelle, Lynne Wilmot, Charlotte Spencer, Julia Worsley, Keith Dunphy, Ashley Artus, John Surman, David Cann, James Simmons, Polly Kemp, Ian Pirie, Adam Pearce, Julian Bleach, Marc Pickering, Isabelle Allen, Natalya Wallace, Phil Snowden, Hadrian Delacey, Lottie Steer, Sam Parks, Mark Donovan, Lewis Kirk, Leighton Rafferty, Peter Mair, Jack Chissick, Dianne Pilkington, Robyn North, Norma Atallah, Patrick Godfrey, Mark Roper, Paul Leonard, Miles Roughley, Cameron Strefford, Alfie Davis, Joseph West, Joel Phillimore, Jacqueline Dankworth, Amelia Jefford, Chris Barnes, Richard Cordery, Killian Donnelly, Fra Fee, Gabriel Vick, George Blagden, Hugh Skinner, Stuart Neal, Alistair Brammer, Iwan Lewis, Katy Secombe, Hadley Fraser, Linzi Hateley, Gemma Wardle, Gina Beck, Katie Hall, Lisa Hull, Andrea Deck, Jessica Duncan, Kerry Ingram, John Warnaby, Mike Sarne, Freya Parks, Richard Bremmer, Alexander Brooks, Eleanor Bruce, Emma Dukes, Stephen Matthews, Peter Saracen, Sebastian Sykes, Phil Zimmerman, Bessie Carter, Helen Cotterill, Tricia Deighton, Mandy Holliday, Charlotte Hope, Jackie Marks, Sara Pelosi, Mary Roscoe, Amelia Scaramucci, Caroline Sheen, Rachael Archer, Lorna Brown, Antonia Clarke, Mary Cormack, Sonya Cullingford, Holly Dale Spencer, Amy Griffiths, Fania Grigoriou, Amanda Henderson, Alexia Khadime, Luisa Lazzaro, Gemma O'Duffy, Rosa O'Reilly, Amy Ellen Richardson, Olivia Rose-Aaron, Robyn Miranda Simpson, Rachel Stanley, Nancy Sullivan, Rebecca Sutherland, Tabitha Webb, Gerard Bentall, Tony Bignell, Michael Cahill, Richard Colson, Kerry Ellis, Simon Fisher-Becker, Sarah Flind, Kelly-Anne Gower, James Greene, Nick Holder, Chris Howell, Alison Jiear, Terence Keely, Martin Marquez, Sally Mates, Jeff Nicholson, Adam Searles, Simon Shorten, Juliet Alderdice, Sean Buckley, Valerie Cutko, Spike Grimsey, Matt Harrop, Georgina Jackson, Perry Millward, Phil Philmar, Joyce Springer, Julie Stark, Dominic Applewhite, Matthew Corner, Andy Coxon, Jonathan Dudley, Rhidian Marc, Chris Milford, Jamie Muscato, Joseph Peters, David Roberts, Stevee Davies, Jonny Purchase, Matt Seadon Young, Jos Slovick, Samuel J. Weir, Sophie Huchinson, Ella Hunt, Claire Machin, Brenda Moore, Mischa Purnell, Annette Yeo, Josephine Darvill-Mills, Jennifer Essex, Vicky Evans, Edward Lewis French, Nigel Garton, Lynn Jezzard, Nicholas Keegan, Steve Kirkham, Vanessa Lee Hicks, Ian Parsons, Gemma Payne, Clinten Pearce, Claire Piquemal, Aaron Sillis, Ian Waller


An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

Tagline: Fight. Dream. Hope. Love.

Genres: Music, Drama, Romance


Official Website:  http://www.lesmiserablesfilm.com
Country:   United Kingdom,   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  25 December 2012

Box Office

Budget:  $61,000,000
Revenue:  $441,809,770

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, CAMERON MACKINTOSH, Working Title Films

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 37 min
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