Rent Les Miserables (2012)

3.4 of 5 from 309 ratings
2h 31min
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Synopsis:
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, 'Les Miserables' tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Famine's (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
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Directors:
Producers:
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Writers:
William Nicholson, Alain Boublil
Others:
Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson, Anne Hathaway, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, Lee Walpole, Paco Delgado, Simon Hayes, Jonathan Allen, John Warhurst, Danny Cohen, Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson, "Suddenly" song; Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil, lain Boublil
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, Music & Musicals
Countries:
UK
Awards:

2013 BAFTA Best Supporting Actress

2013 BAFTA Best Production Design

2013 BAFTA Best Sound

2013 BAFTA Make-Up And Hair

2013 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

2013 Oscar Best Makeup and Hairstyling

2013 Oscar Best Sound Mixing

BBFC:
Release Date:
13/05/2013
Run Time:
151 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, Icelandic
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/05/2013
Run Time:
158 minutes
Languages:
English, Russian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Czech, English Hard of Hearing, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo's Les Misérables
  • Les Misérables: A Revolutionary Approach
  • Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper

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Reviews (1) of Les Miserables

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Les Miserables review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

As a long standing lover of the on stage musical I was fortunate enough to see both a live performance and the cinematic version of this, one of my favourite musicals, within only a few weeks of one another and, despite all the hype surrounding the filmic version I must say I was distinctly under whelmed.

For those who have been living under a rock-opera rock for the last twenty five years Les Miserables is a popular musical interpretation of a moving Victor Hugo novel in which a man attempts to justify his freedom during the turbulence and bloodshed of the French Revolution.

Where some of the vocal talents on display in the stage version were utterly mind blowing there were several in the on screen version that left me very much wanting – most notably I could not contain my surprise at the casting choice of Anne Hathaway as Fantine, whose desperation and suffering ought to have been sharp as knives in the final musical moments of her life but were in fact considerably lacking in power and emotion – turning Fantine into a rather useless and pitiful character, rather than the rather romantic lost soul she was always intended to be.

Yet, the press at the time of the film’s cinematic release were filled with discussions of the vocal talents of Russell Crowe, an actor who is far from known for his musical abilities; I was pleasantly surprised by how affectively he portrayed his role, singing and all.

The stealers of the show were of course Hugh Jackman, whose starring performance was always bound to catch attention. But even more than this, despite the relatively small size of her role, I was absolutely captivated by Samantha Barks, who plays the beautiful but doomed Eponine, whose unrequited love leads her into the line of fire on the French Revolutionary front. Utterly unrecognisable from the eager young woman who first appeared on screen in the BBC’s search for a Nancy in the West End revival of Oliver! Barks’ performance was both heartfelt and heartbreaking, capturing the turmoil of her character perfectly.

As one who is very familiar with the story it is very hard not to make comparisons between the various portrayals of some of my favourite characters, and yet I believe that even without the fore knowledge of the stage show and the singularly infamous performance of Colm Wilkinson ingrained in my memory I honestly believe I would have still left Tom Hooper’s version feeling somewhat cheated, knowing that hiding somewhere in the grey and rather uninspiring 158 minutes was a story known for its beauty, pain and strength.

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