Les Miserables Movie Summary

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Les Misérables

“Whether true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence on their lives, and particularly on their destinies, as what they do.”

Les Misérables is a 2012 British musical drama film produced by Working Title Films and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the musical of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg which is in turn based on Les Misérables, the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo.


Jean Valjean: A Frenchman released from Toulon prison after 19 years of imprisonment for stealing bread and failed attempts of escaping from the prison.

Inspector Javert: A police inspector who releases Valjean on parole, then later dedicates his life to imprisoning him again.

Fantine: A struggling factory worker and mother of an illegitimate child, Cosette.
Cosette: The illegitimate daughter of Fantine.

Marius Pontmercy: A student revolutionary who is friends with the Thenardiers' daughter, Éponine, but falls in love with Cosette.

Madame Thénardier: A swindling innkeeper and Éponine's mother.

Thénardier: A common thief and an innkeeper along with his wife. He is also the father of Éponine.

Éponine: The Thénardiers' destitute daughter.


In 1815, convict Jean Valjean is released on parole by prison guard Javert after serving a nineteen-year sentence. He is offered food and shelter by the Bishop of Digne , but later steals the Bishop's silver during the night. He is caught by the authorities, but the Bishop says that the...
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