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Les misérables 

The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving ... See full summary »






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Complete series cast summary:
Gérard Depardieu ...  Jean Valjean 4 episodes, 2000
Christian Clavier ...  Thénardier 4 episodes, 2000
John Malkovich ...  Javert 4 episodes, 2000
Virginie Ledoyen ...  Cosette 4 episodes, 2000
Enrico Lo Verso ...  Marius 4 episodes, 2000
Charlotte Gainsbourg ...  Fantine 4 episodes, 2000
Asia Argento ...  Éponine Thénardier 4 episodes, 2000
Veronica Ferres ...  Madame Thénardier 4 episodes, 2000
Jeanne Moreau ...  Mère Innocente 4 episodes, 2000
Giovanna Mezzogiorno ...  Soeur Simplice 4 episodes, 2000
Vadim Glowna Vadim Glowna ...  Fauchelevent 4 episodes, 2000
Steffen Wink ...  Enjolras 4 episodes, 2000
Léopoldine Serre Léopoldine Serre ...  Cosette enfant 4 episodes, 2000
Jérôme Hardelay Jérôme Hardelay ...  Gavroche 4 episodes, 2000
Michel Duchaussoy ...  Gillenormand 4 episodes, 2000
Otto Sander ...  Monseigneur Bienvenu 4 episodes, 2000
Christopher Thompson Christopher Thompson ...  Courfeyrac 4 episodes, 2000
Josiane Stoléru Josiane Stoléru ...  Baptistine 4 episodes, 2000
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ...  Scarponi 4 episodes, 2000
Roger Dumas ...  Lorrain 4 episodes, 2000
François Hadji-Lazaro ...  Toussaint 4 episodes, 2000
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ...  Champmathieu 4 episodes, 2000
Artus de Penguern Artus de Penguern ...  Chabouillet 4 episodes, 2000
Denis Podalydès ...  Scaufflaire 4 episodes, 2000
Guilhem Pellegrin Guilhem Pellegrin ...  Médecin Plumet 4 episodes, 2000
Elisabeth Wiener ...  Madame Victurnier 4 episodes, 2000
Michèle Gleizer Michèle Gleizer ...  Madame Magloire 4 episodes, 2000
Karl Zéro ...  Procureur Cour Arras 4 episodes, 2000
Sacha Bourdo ...  Bigrenaille 4 episodes, 2000
François Négret François Négret ...  Claquesous 4 episodes, 2000
Dominique Besnehard Dominique Besnehard ...  Gueulemer 4 episodes, 2000
Yves Penay Yves Penay ...  Babet 4 episodes, 2000
Patrick Bordier Patrick Bordier ...  Brujon 4 episodes, 2000
Stephan Midaven Stephan Midaven ...  Montparnasse 4 episodes, 2000
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ...  Cochepaille 4 episodes, 2000
Patrick Lambert Patrick Lambert ...  Chenildieu 4 episodes, 2000
Franck Tordjman Franck Tordjman ...  Prouvaire 4 episodes, 2000
Jérome Rebbot Jérome Rebbot ...  Bahorel 4 episodes, 2000
David Podracky David Podracky ...  Grantaire 4 episodes, 2000
Philippe Ambrosini ...  Capitaine Picpus 4 episodes, 2000
Sophie Milleron Sophie Milleron ...  Azelma Thénardier 4 episodes, 2000
Claude Brécourt Claude Brécourt ...  Directeur Sûreté 4 episodes, 2000
Yann Babilée Yann Babilée ...  Archiviste Sûreté 4 episodes, 2000
Christian Imberdis Christian Imberdis ...  Vieux professeur 4 episodes, 2000
Thomas Badek Thomas Badek ...  Officier amphithéâtre 4 episodes, 2000
Didier Lesour Didier Lesour ...  Parizot 4 episodes, 2000
Vincent Schmitt Vincent Schmitt ...  Bamatabois 4 episodes, 2000
Julie Dumas Julie Dumas ...  Nicolette 4 episodes, 2000
Christophe Le Masne Christophe Le Masne ...  Portier Gillenormand 4 episodes, 2000
Maciej Patronik Maciej Patronik ...  Agent Simonot 4 episodes, 2000
Pascal Pistacio Pascal Pistacio ...  Client prostituée 4 episodes, 2000
Babsie Steger Babsie Steger ...  Amie de Fantine 4 episodes, 2000
Philippe Lamendin Philippe Lamendin ...  Préfet de Police 4 episodes, 2000
Stéphane Rodin Stéphane Rodin ...  Félix 4 episodes, 2000
Sébastien Thiery Sébastien Thiery ...  Sous-officier Montreuil 4 episodes, 2000
Bernard Cherboeuf Bernard Cherboeuf ...  Président Cour Arras 4 episodes, 2000
Sophie Noël Sophie Noël ...  Femme Cour Assise 4 episodes, 2000
Jean-Marc Talbot Jean-Marc Talbot ...  Assesseur Cour Arras 4 episodes, 2000
Denis Karvil Denis Karvil ...  Inspecteur Sûreté 4 episodes, 2000
Eric Averlant Eric Averlant ...  Moulibrac 4 episodes, 2000
Véronique de Villele Véronique de Villele ...  Mère Gorbeau 4 episodes, 2000
Jan Kostroun Jan Kostroun ...  Policier Gorbeau 4 episodes, 2000
Rodolphe Pauly Rodolphe Pauly ...  Jeune officier Mondetour 4 episodes, 2000
Jakub Zindulka Jakub Zindulka ...  Prêtre Montreuil 4 episodes, 2000
Marc Vadé Marc Vadé ...  Homme accident Montreuil 4 episodes, 2000
Enguerran Demeulenaere Enguerran Demeulenaere ...  Petit Gervais 4 episodes, 2000
Julia Portoghese Julia Portoghese ...  Eponine 9-11 ans 4 episodes, 2000
Valérie Lang Valérie Lang ...  Logeuse Enjolras 4 episodes, 2000
Claire Gérard Claire Gérard ...  Religieuse surveillante 4 episodes, 2000
Serge Gaborieau Serge Gaborieau ...  Gardien Force Poterne 4 episodes, 2000
Gaston Subert Gaston Subert ...  Indigent digne 4 episodes, 2000
David Sucharípa ...  Policier mendiant 4 episodes, 2000
Erico Salamone Erico Salamone ...  Lefranc 4 episodes, 2000
Cédric Chevalme Cédric Chevalme ...  Agent Chatelet 4 episodes, 2000
Victor Wagner Victor Wagner ...  Portefaix 1 4 episodes, 2000
Michel Pilorgé Michel Pilorgé ...  Dumoncel 4 episodes, 2000
Thomas Rouet Thomas Rouet ...  Ami Félix 4 episodes, 2000
Simon Monceau Simon Monceau ...  Policier Chabouillet 4 episodes, 2000
Yohann Lucas Yohann Lucas ...  Serveur 4 episodes, 2000
Yanig Samot Yanig Samot ...  Gardien Prison Force 1 4 episodes, 2000


The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving nineteen years. At first he only encounter mistrust and closed doors; only the saintly Bishop Bienvenu treats him kindly and takes him in. The bishop's truly Christian compassion and humanity not only restores Jean Valjean's faith in the good, but also smoothes his way back to an orderly life. As Monsieur Madeleine, Valjean is soon a wealthy industrialist and popular citizen, even becoming the mayor of a small provincial town. His good fortune departs, however, when he meets Fantine, one of his workers, an unmarried mother who tragically dies of consumption. The well-intentioned Valjean frees Fantine's illegitimate daughter Cosette from the clutches of her insidious foster parents, and looks after her like a father. When Valjean reveals his true identity in order to prevent an innocent man who closely ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Les misérables See more »

Filming Locations:

Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France See more »


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FRF 165,000,000 (estimated)
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(4 episodes)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christian Clavier plays Thenardier, who in the book (fraudulently) identifies himself as "The Sergeant of Napoleon." Clavier has also played Napoleon himself. An earlier production, Les Miserables (1978) had Ian Holm as Thenardier. Holm has also played Napoleon. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions were shot: one in French for Europe which runs 360 Minutes. The other was shot in English and runs 180 Minutes. See more »


Version of Les Misérables (1948) See more »

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An enjoyable, honest and serious series
22 March 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of costume drama's and the actor Gérard Depardieu. Normally that should have been enough reasons for me not to watch this series. On the other hand, the novel is a classic in literature and this time it isn't the tale of some rich princesses who have broken a finger nail and want to commit suicide because of that. This is about ordinary people and their efforts to survive and to make the best out of their miserable situations. Anyway, I decided to give this series a chance and I'm glad that I did, because it was a lot better than I ever expected.

It tells the story of Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food and who is now released after serving nineteen years in a labor camp. At first he's avoided by everybody, because he once was in jail, but than he meets Bishop Bienvenu, who gives him shelter for the night and something to eat without asking something in return. The bishop's compassion and humanity restore Jean Valjean's faith in the goodness of people and helps him to go back to an orderly life. He changes his name to Monsieur Madeleine and soon becomes a wealthy industrialist who's a popular citizen. He even becomes the mayor of the small provincial town where he lives. In the meantime he has also met one of his workers, Fantine, who was fired from his factory because she had a child. He saves Fantine's daughter out of the hands of a mean family and raises her like his own daughter. But not everybody believes he is such a good, loving and caring man. Javert is a police officer who has made of hunting Valjean like a wild animal his main occupation. He's convinced that every man who once was a criminal, will always be a criminal and he'll do anything to get him behind bars again...

This series should not only be seen by the people who once read the book or saw the musical. I haven't read the book and I didn't see the musical either, but I certainly could enjoy this series. I guess everybody who has at least a bit of interest the hardness of 19th-century life for the ordinary people will enjoy this. Another reason why you could enjoy it is because of the good and convincing acting by all the characters. As I already said before in this review, I'm not a fan of Depardieu, but it has to be said: He was very convincing in his role as Jean Valjean.

All in all this is an enjoyable, honest and serious series that is worth watching when you are interested in the story. Personally I liked what I saw and that's why I give this series a 7.5/10.

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