Front row: Poor unfortunate souls...

  • Les Miserables

    Based on the 19th century French fiction novel by Victor Hugo, Oscar-nominated Les Miserables explores a new genre of film noir. Directed by Tom Hooper, ...

  • Les Miserables

    In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care of factory ...

  • Hugh Jackman

    Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean, a slave who hungers for freedom.

  • Russell Crowe

    Russell Crowe plays the role of the ruthless policeman Javert in Les Miserables.

  • Anne Hathaway

    Anne Hathaway plays the poor factory worker Fantine.

  • Amanda Seyfried

    Amanda Seyfried plays Fantine's innocent daughter Cosette.

  • Isabelle Allen

    10-year-old Isabelle Allen plays the younger version of Cosette in Les Miserables

  • Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter

    Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter play the exaggerated characters of Thénardier and Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables.

Everyone talking about Les Misérables? You don’t have to watch it! Just pretend like you’re in the know too

When they say Les Mis is... I cried at the part when....
You say:
Imbeciles! It’s pronounced Les Miz.
Well, a guy steals a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving kids during an economic depression and ends up in prison for 19 years. Whaddaya expect?

When they say I Dreamed a Dream is the best song.
You say:
On my Own is more personal, poignant and poetic. Plus, no one has to cut their hair for it. And Empty Chairs At Empty Tables, what a song!

MiserablesWhen they say Wow the actors sound like they’re actually singing.
You say:
The songs were recorded live during filming, not mixed in later. They are actually singing and acting at the same time. Russell Crowe sang 40 takes in a row!

When they say Anne Hathaway is on screen for only half an hour, boo!
You say:
It still makes her an Oscar front-runner. Judi Dench won with barely eight minutes in Shakespeare in Love.

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