Release Date: 11th January 2013
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: Alain Boublil, Victor Hugo, Herbert Kretzmer & William Nicholson
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner & Cameron Mackintosh
Executive Producer: Cameron Mackintosh
Runtime: 2hrs 38mins
During the French Revolution, 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 silver was given as a gift, and secures Valjean’s release. Ashamed by the Bishop’s generosity, Valjean breaks his parole and vows to start an honest life under a new identity. Javert swears he will bring the escaped convict to justice.
Eight years later, Valjean has become a factory owner and mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer. Fantine, one of his workers, is discovered to be sending money to her illegitimate daughter, Cosette, who lives with the unscrupulous Thénardiers and their daughter Éponine, and is dismissed by the foreman. Left with no option, Fantine turns to prostitution. During an argument with an abusive customer, Javert, now a police inspector, arrests Fantine, but Valjean intercedes and takes her to a hospital.
Later, Valjean learns that a man believed to be him has been arrested. Unable to condemn an innocent man, Valjean reveals his identity to the court before departing for the hospital. There he promises a dying Fantine that he will look after her daughter. Valjean finds Cosette and pays the Thénardiers to allow him to take her, and promises to be like a father to her.
Nine years later, Jean Maximilien Lamarque, the only government official sympathetic toward the poor, is nearing death. Students Marius Pontmercy and Enjolras, together with street urchin Gavroche, discuss fomenting revolution. Later Marius catches a glimpse of Cosette, now a young woman, and instantly falls in love with her. Meanwhile despite Cosette’s questioning, Valjean refuses to tell her about his past or Fantine.
At a café Enjolras organizes a group of idealistic students as Lamarque’s death is announced. Meanwhile Éponine, now Marius’s friend, leads him to Cosette, where the two profess their love for one another. Éponine laments that her secret love for Marius will never be reciprocated, and fatalistically decides to join the revolution. Later, an attempted robbery of Valjean’s house makes him mistakenly think that Javert has discovered him, and he flees with Cosette. As they leave, Enjolras encourages the citizens of Paris to revolt, and Marius sends a farewell letter to Cosette.
The next day the students interrupt Lamarque’s funeral procession and begin their assault. Javert, disguised as one of the rebels, spies among the revolutionaries, but is quickly exposed by Gavroche and captured. During the ensuing gunfight, Éponine sacrifices her life to save Marius, professing her love to him before she dies. Valjean, intercepting the letter from Marius to Cosette, turns back to barricades to save Marius. After saving Enjolras from snipers, he is allowed the privilege of executing Javert. When the two are alone, Valjean cuts Javert’s bonds and tells him to run. Initially disbelieving, Javert wonders at Valjean’s generosity.
With the Parisians not joining the revolution as the students expected, they resolve to fight to the death. All are killed save Marius, who is saved when Valjean drags his unconscious body into the sewers. Thénardier, scavenging the dead bodies, steals Marius’s ring. Valjean recovers and escapes the sewers carrying Marius, but is confronted at the exit by Javert. Javert threatens to shoot Valjean if he doesn’t surrender, but Valjean ignores him. Unable to reconcile the conflict between his civil and moral duties, two things which he always considered the same, Javert commits suicide.
Later, Marius mourns for his friends but Cosette comforts him. Revealing his past to Marius, Valjean tells him he must leave because his presence endangers Cosette, and makes Marius promise never to tell her. Marius and Cosette marry; the Thénardiers crash the reception and testify that they saw Valjean carrying a murdered corpse in the sewers. Thénardier unwittingly shows Marius the ring that he stole from him as “proof”. Recognizing the ring, Marius realizes that it was Valjean who saved his life, and he and Cosette rush to find him.
As Valjean sits dying in a local church, he perceives the spirit of Fantine appearing to take him to Heaven. Cosette and Marius rush in to bid farewell. Valjean hands Cosette his confession of his past life, and the spirits of Fantine and the Bishop guide him to paradise, where he joins the spirits of Enjolras, Éponine, Gavroche, and the other rebels at the Bastille.
Hugh Jackman…as Jean Valjean
Russell Crowe…as Inspector Javert
Anne Hathaway…as Fantine
Amanda Seyfried…as Cosette
Eddie Redmayne…as Marius Pontmercy
Samantha Barks…as Éponine
Sacha Baron Cohen…as Thénardier
Helena Bonham Carter…as Madame Thénardier
Aaron Tveit…as Enjolras
2012: National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
2012: Satellite Award for Best Ensemble (Motion Picture)
2013: Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2012: Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
2012: San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance
2012: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture