Les Miserables
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Richard Boleslawski directed this lavish adaptation of Victor Hugo's oft-filmed epic novel. Fredric March stars as Jean Valjean, who is hauled into prison for stealing a loaf of bread. After ten years at hard labor, he escapes from the merciless prison but the years have taken their toll and Valjean is now a hard and embittered man. Valjean regains his compassion after the kindly Bishop Bienveenu (Cedric Harwicke) refuses to prosecute him for the theft of his candlesticks. Under an assumed name, Valjean becomes a widely liked and respected mayor. He devotes his life to helping others and… More

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"Charles Laughton in the part of Javert gave it as much character merely because the character as written was eminent, giving a balance to the whole story."
‑ Otis Ferguson, The New Republic
"While there's no such thing as a timeless '30s Oscarbait literary adaptation, this comes pleasantly within spitting distance of that mark."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Victor Hugo's classic novel is properly presented as a harrowing social conscience period film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It isn't a bad example of the Hollywood prestige picture -- there is, at least, some liveliness in the performances."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Probably the best Hollywood version of Victor Hugo's story."
‑ , Film4
"The 1935 film is a powerful version, centering on the antagonism between Valjean and Javert - though the filmmakers had to jettison much of Victor Hugo's pages to set up this dynamic."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Nominated for the Best Picture oscar, Boleslawki's adpaptation of the Victor Hugo famous novel is lavishly mounted and well acted by Fredric March and Charles Laughton"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Fredric March gives a superb performance."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... the most respected and revered screen adaptation..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
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