Les Misérables

Les Misérables

Bille August (1997)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Liam Neeson stars as the reformed criminal, Jean Valjean; Geoffrey Rush is the obsessive detective, Javert; while Uma Thurman and Claire Danes play the women Valjean cares for. On paper, this is an impressive cast; on screen, though, the performances are distinctly underwhelming. Bille August's production, mostly shot in Prague, looks like a TV mini-series that's been hacked down for cinema release; the rhythm is all wrong, and what is one of the shorter Misérables often seems the longest.


A reformed criminal tries to lead a respectable life devoted to the care of his daughter, but it is only a matter of time before his lawless past catches up with him. Period drama, starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes.

Cast & Crew

Valjean Liam Neeson
Javert Geoffrey Rush
Fantine Uma Thurman
Cosette Claire Danes
Courfeyrac David Birkin
Grantier Ben Crompton
Enjolras Lennie James
Doorkeeper Toby Jones
Marius Hans Matheson
Brevet Frank O'Sullivan
Mother Superior Kathleen Byron
Director Bille August
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD