Les Miserables
Les Miserables (1935)

Richard Boleslawski's version of the oft-filmed Victor Hugo novel stars Frederic March as Jean Valjean, whose theft of a loaf of bread necessary for his survival lands him in prison for a decade. Upon his release, Valjean is embittered… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Otis Ferguson
The New Republic

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

While there's no such thing as a timeless '30s Oscarbait literary adaptation, this comes pleasantly within spitting distance of that mark.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Victor Hugo's classic novel is properly presented as a harrowing social conscience period film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It isn't a bad example of the Hollywood prestige picture -- there is, at least, some liveliness in the performances.

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Film4

Probably the best Hollywood version of Victor Hugo's story.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.

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Emanuel Levy
Variety

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

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fredric March gives a superb performance.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... the most respected and revered screen adaptation...

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
The Original version of Les Miserables was not bad though the remakewith Gèrard Depardieu was alot better.
John Ballantine
The reason to watch is Charles Laughton. The rest of the production suffers from a lack of emotion. Is it the result of the era's creaky soundtrack.