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The legend comes to life.
Les misérables is an epic tale of love, honour and obsession played out against the dramatic backdrop of early 19th century France. It tells the story of Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson), whose theft of a loaf of bread condemns him to an unjust prison sentence and a life on the run. An act of forgiveness, however, changes the course of his life forever. He becomes the respected mayor of the poor town of Vigau and transforms it into a thriving community. He also falls in love with one of Vigau's most pitiful, poverty-stricken residents, the beautiful Fantine (Uma Thurman), and devotes himself to her care.
Fantine's untimely death signals a new chapter in Valjean's life, during which he raises her daughter Cosette (Claire Danes), whom he desperately attempts to shield from the dangers of the world. As she matures, she falls passionately in love with Marius (Hans Matheson), a charismatic young Parisian revolutionary. All the while, Valjean is hunted by Javert (Geoffrey Rush), a policeman whose lifelong search for Valjean has turned into an obsession.
Also starring Reine Brynolfsson as Captain Beauvais, Peter Vaughan as the bishop, Christopher Adamson as Bertin, Tim Barlow as Lafitte, Timothy Bateson as the banker, Veronika Bendová as Azelma, David Birkin as Courfeyrac, Patsy Byrne as Toussaint, Kathleen Byron as the Mother Superior and Václav Chalupa as Andre. Written by Rafael Yglesias from the novel by Victor Hugo, directed by Bille August.
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Security censorship classification
M (Low level violence, adult themes)
Not for public release in Australia before date
VHS retail: 2 April 2001