Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 25 December 2012

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The film begins with a title card containing the following written statement: “1815 – Twenty six years after the start of the French Revolution, a king is once again on the throne of France.”
       End credits contain the following stage production credits: “Produced on stage by Cameron Mackintosh; Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer; Original French text by Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel; Additional material by James Fenton; Adapted by Trevor Nunn & John Caird; Original stage orchestration by John Cameron; New stage orchestration by Chris Jahnke; Additional stage orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe & Stephen Brooker; Original London production produced in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Trevor Nunn & John Caird; 25th anniversary production directed by Laurence Connor & James Powell.” Also in the end credits is the following written statement: “The Director would like to thank his parents Meredith and Richard Hooper, Rachel Hooper, Ben Hooper, and Roger Mortimer for introducing him to musicals.” Additional “Thanks” are given to the following organizations and individuals: Mairie de Gourdon, Alpers-Maritimes; HMS Victory; Portsmouth Naval Base; Winchester College; Royal Naval College Greenwich; The Duke of Buccleuch & all at Boughton House; Chatham Historical Dockyard; Bath Film Office; Michael Le Poer Trench; and the Osborne family. A “Special thanks” acknowledges “all the casts and creative teams that have kept Les Misérables so thrillingly alive on stage since 1985 and everyone at Cameron Mackintosh for their unstinting devotion to our darling Cosette.” Additionally, a written statement in the end credits indicates that Les Misérables was filmed “on location in England and France and on the new Richard Attenborough Stage at Pinewood Studios, England.”
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The film begins with a title card containing the following written statement: “1815 – Twenty six years after the start of the French Revolution, a king is once again on the throne of France.”
       End credits contain the following stage production credits: “Produced on stage by Cameron Mackintosh; Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer; Original French text by Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel; Additional material by James Fenton; Adapted by Trevor Nunn & John Caird; Original stage orchestration by John Cameron; New stage orchestration by Chris Jahnke; Additional stage orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe & Stephen Brooker; Original London production produced in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Trevor Nunn & John Caird; 25th anniversary production directed by Laurence Connor & James Powell.” Also in the end credits is the following written statement: “The Director would like to thank his parents Meredith and Richard Hooper, Rachel Hooper, Ben Hooper, and Roger Mortimer for introducing him to musicals.” Additional “Thanks” are given to the following organizations and individuals: Mairie de Gourdon, Alpers-Maritimes; HMS Victory; Portsmouth Naval Base; Winchester College; Royal Naval College Greenwich; The Duke of Buccleuch & all at Boughton House; Chatham Historical Dockyard; Bath Film Office; Michael Le Poer Trench; and the Osborne family. A “Special thanks” acknowledges “all the casts and creative teams that have kept Les Misérables so thrillingly alive on stage since 1985 and everyone at Cameron Mackintosh for their unstinting devotion to our darling Cosette.” Additionally, a written statement in the end credits indicates that Les Misérables was filmed “on location in England and France and on the new Richard Attenborough Stage at Pinewood Studios, England.”
       As stated in a 10 Oct 2004 Var article, Columbia TriStar had most recently optioned the filming rights to Les Misérables, but, after five years, the rights reverted to producer Cameron Mackintosh. Directors who had shown interest in the project included Jean-Jacques Annaud, Richard Attenborough, Alan Parker, Bruce Beresford, and Oliver Stone.
       On 19 Oct 2011, DV reported that Tom Hooper would direct the film. According to production notes from AMPAS library files, Hooper became interested when he heard that screenwriter William Nicholson, whom he was collaborating with on another project, was working on the screen adaptation to Les Misérables. Producer Eric Fellner stated that Hooper was the only director to receive Nicholson’s screenplay and Working Title Films’ first choice to direct. While the script was still in development, Hooper decided that the film should be “through-sung” and invited composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, and lyricists Alain Boublil and Herbie Kretzmer to collaborate in the writing process, asking them to produce new lyrics for the musical and the original song, “Suddenly.”
       As stated in the 19 Oct 2011 DV item, production was set to begin Feb 2012. For the role of “Eponine,” actresses Lea Michele, Evan Rachel Wood, and Scarlett Johansson were considered, along with singer-actress Taylor Swift; however, Samantha Barks, who had played “Éponine” in a London stage production of Les Misérables in 2010 and 2011, was eventually cast, as reported in a 2 Feb 2012 LAT item. The role marked Barks’s feature film acting debut.
       In preparation for the role of “Jean Valjean,” Hugh Jackman trained rigorously in the gym and ate a very limited diet, so that he could embody the mixture of strength and malnourishment that defined his character. Additionally, for thirty-six hours before the first shooting day, Jackman drank no water in an effort to appear gaunt. Similarly, actress Anne Hathaway lost twenty-five pounds to play the role of “Fantine.”
       According to a 24 Aug 2012 DV article, one week of rehearsals preceded principal photography. The twelve-week shooting schedule began in Gourdon, France, with a small crew. There, filmmakers shot Jean’s trek through the mountains after he is freed. Afterward, “principal photography moved into full swing” in England, where locations included the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, a naval base and home to the famous naval warship, HMS Victory; the Tarring Yarn House, built in Chatham in the late eighteenth-century, which served as Jean’s factory; the “Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich,” that doubled as the locale for LaMarque’s funeral procession at the Place de la Bastille; Winchester College, where Jean’s death was filmed inside the school’s chapel; and Boughton House, the Duke of Buccleuch’s residence that stood in for “Marius Pontmercy’s” family residence. Elaborate sets for the “Lovely Ladies” sequence and the “streets of 1832 Paris” were built at Pinewood Studios.
       As stated in the 24 Aug 2012 DV and production notes, the cast recorded songs “live on the set.” The last “non-rock musical” to have recorded musical numbers live during filming was Peter Bogdanovich’s At Long Last Love (1975, see entry). While shooting Les Misérables, the actors wore miniscule earpieces that played an accompaniment provided by an electric piano located offstage. Music producer Anne Dudley described sound mixer Simon Hayes’s role as “crucial,” as the production sound crew acted, simultaneously, as music recording engineers. Beginning 10 Oct 2012, the accompaniment was added to the actors’ vocals during post-production by a seventy-piece orchestra.
       Though the film was initially scheduled for a 14 Dec 2012 release, a 19 Sep 2012 DV brief announced that the opening had been moved to 25 Dec 2012 due to a shift in release schedules for Life of Pi (2012, see entry) and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatbsy, both of which were initially set to release on Christmas day but had been moved.
       Critical reception was mixed. In his 21 Dec 2012 HR review, Todd McCarthy complained about the film’s through-sung dialogue and lack of subtlety, stating that actors gave “stage-sized turns for the screen.” Echoing McCarthy’s sentiment in her 24 Dec NYT review, Manohla Dargis described Hooper’s direction as “maximalist,” stating that the film had “an overblown tone that rarely quiets.” Several reviewers praised Hathaway’s performance as a standout, pointing in particular to the “I Dreamed a Dream” sequence as a high point.
       Les Misérables was named as one of AFI’s Movies of the Year. The film received Academy Awards for Sound Mixing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Actress in a Supporting Role (Anne Hathaway), and the following Academy Award nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Hugh Jackman); Best Costume Design; Best Original Song (“Suddenly”); and Best Production Design. The film was awarded “Best Acting by an Ensemble” and “Best Ensemble” by the National Board of Review, and received the following Golden Globe awards: Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (Hugh Jackman); and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Anne Hathaway). The film was also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song (“Suddenly,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Sep 2011
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Daily Variety
19 Oct 2011
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Daily Variety
24 Aug 2012
p. 15, 30
Daily Variety
19 Sep 2012
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Daily Variety
7 Dec 2012
p. 2, 20
Hollywood Reporter
21 Dec 2012
p. 88, 90
Los Angeles Times
2 Feb 2012
Section D, p. 2
Los Angeles Times
25 Dec 2012
p. 1
New York Times
25 Dec 2012
p. 1
Variety
10 Oct 2004
p. 10, 131
Variety
16 Dec 2012
p. 32, 36
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Gavroche's urchins:
[and]
Joseph West
Ensemble at the end of the day:
Ensemble factory women:
Ensemble lovely ladies:
[and]
Ensemble master of the house:
Ensemble Paris beggars:
[and]
Ensemble students:
Ensemble turning women:
[and]
Ensemble wedding dancers:
[and]
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Film by Tom Hooper
DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Crowd 2d asst dir
Ensemble 2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Crowd 3d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Co-prod, French unit
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
"A" cam op
"B" cam op
"C" cam op
2d unit dir of photog
Addl cam op
Addl cam op
"A" cam focus puller
"B" cam focus puller
"C" cam focus puller
Addl focus puller
Addl focus puller
Addl focus puller
Addl focus puller
Addl focus puller
Addl focus puller
Addl focus puller
"A" cam clapper loader
"B" cam clapper loader
"C" cam clapper loader
Central loader
Central loader
Addl clapper loader
Addl clapper loader
Cam trainee
Cam trainee
Video playback op
Asst video playback op
Key grip
"B" cam grip
Central grip
Crane grip
Crane tech
Crane tech
Trainee grip
Best boy
Desk op/Elec
Rigging gaffer
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Supv elec rigger
Chargehand elec rigger
Chargehand elec rigger
Chargehand elec rigger
Elec rigger
Elec rigger
Stills photog
Aerial DOP/Op, French unit
Aerial focus puller, French unit
Cam and grip equip/Crane services
Lighting equip
Rigging
Crane services
Film stock
Rushes processing
Rushes transfers
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Supv art dir
Art dir
Art dir
Standby art dir
Standby art dir
Asst art dir
Art dept co-ord
Senior draughtsman
Draughtsman
Junior draughtsman
Junior draughtsman
Graphic artist
Graphic artist
Art dept asst
BBC skillset art dept trainee
Art dept trainee
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
Ed trainee
Ed trainee
Ed equip
SET DECORATORS
Const co-ord
Asst set dec
Prod buyer
Asst prod buyer
Petty cash buyer
Greens
Greens
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Barricade const
Barricade const
Barricade const
Barricade const
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Armourer supv
Armourer co-ord
Armourer
Armourer
Armourer
Armourer
Armourer
Prop master
Prop storeman
Chargehand prop dresser
Standby propman
Standby propman
Standby propman
Dressing propman
Dressing propman
Dressing propman
Dressing propman
Addl propman
Addl propman
Addl propman
Standby carpenter
Standby painter
Standby rigger
Standby rigger
Standby stagehand
Const mgr
Const buyer
HOD carpenter
HOD eng/Metal works
HOD painter
HOD plasterer
HOD rigger
HOD sculptor
HOD stagehand
Supv carpenter
Chargehand carpenter
Chargehand carpenter
Chargehand carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter improver
Apprentice carpenter
Apprentice carpenter
Apprentice carpenter
Chargehand painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter improver
Apprentice painter
Apprentice painter
Painter labourer
Painter labourer
Chargehand metalworker
Metalworker
Metalworker
Metalworker
Metalworker
Supv plasterer
Chargehand plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterers' labourers
Plasterers' labourers
Plasterers' labourers
Plasterers' labourers
Plasterers' labourers
Apprentice plasterer
Apprentice plasterer
Apprentice plasterer
Supv rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Apprentice rigger
Apprentice rigger
Supv sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Asst sculptor
Sculptors' labourer
Supv stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Const elec
Set dresser, French unit
Painter, French unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Asst cost des
Asst cost des
Crowd cost supv
Cost dept co-ord
Ward master
Principal standby
Principal standby
Principal standby
Cost asst
Cost asst
Cost asst
Cost asst
Cost asst
Cost asst
Cost asst
Cost asst
Cost asst
Junior cost asst
Junior cost asst
Cost trainee
Cost trainee
BBC skillset cost trainee
Cost buyer
Cost buyer
Head cutter, Ladies
Head cutter, Men
Cost maker
Cost maker
Cost maker
Cost maker
John Cowell
Head of breakdown
Asst breakdown artist
Asst breakdown artist
MUSIC
Orch/Mus prod/Addl mus/Piano
Mus dir
Mus prod
Mus supv
Mus rec and mixed
Supv mus ed
Mus ed
Mus ed
Addl orch, mus ed and programmer
Mus staging
Mus sd maintenance
Mus asst
On set pianist
On set pianist
Crowd chorus preparation
Mus ed and programmer
Mus ed and programmer
Mus ed and programmer
Mus ed and programmer
Asst programmer
Addl eng
Addl eng
Asst eng
Asst eng
Asst eng
Mus rec at
Lyndhurst Hall, London
Music mixed at
London
Orch contractor
Asst contractor
Orch leader
End titles arr
Cello
Master of the house band
Master of the house band
Master of the house band
Asst mus supv for Hothouse Music Ltd
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Re-rec sd mixer
Re-rec sd mixer
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Dial and ADR supv
Co-supv sd ed
Key 1st asst sd
1st asst sd
2d asst sd
Sd trainee
Sd asst
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
ADR ed
Asst dial ed
Supv foley ed
UK foley artist
UK foley artist
UK foley rec
UK foley rec
Loc foley rec
Loc foley boom op
Australia foley artist
Australia foley rec
Australia foley facility
ADR voice casting
ADR voice casting
Sd re-rec facility
SFX pre-mixing/ADR rec at
ADR rec at
Mix tech
Mix tech
ADR mixer
ADR mixer
ADR mixer
ADR mixer
ADR mixer
Dolby consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Visual eff prod
Spec eff supv
Spec eff floor supv
Spec eff senior tech
Spec eff senior tech
Spec eff senior tech
Spec eff senior tech
Spec eff senior tech
Spec eff senior tech
Spec eff senior tech
Spec eff senior tech
Spec eff senior tech
Spec eff workshop supv
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Spec eff asst
Co-visual eff supv
Visual eff co-ord
Data wrangler
Pre-viz supv
Pre-viz artist
Pre-viz artist
VFX ed
VFX ed
Visual eff
VFX prod, Double Negative
VFX supv Singapore, Double Negative
VFX prod Singapore, Double Negative
3D supv, Double Negative
3D supv, Double Negative
2D supv, Double Negative
FX supv, Double Negative
Assoc VFX prod, Double Negative
VFX line prod, Double Negative
VFX line prod, Double Negative
VFX coord, Double Negative
VFX coord, Double Negative
VFX coord, Double Negative
VFX coord, Double Negative
VFX coord, Double Negative
CG seq lead, Double Negative
CG seq lead, Double Negative
CG seq lead, Double Negative
CG seq lead, Double Negative
Comp seq lead, Double Negative
Comp seq lead, Double Negative
Comp seq lead, Double Negative
Comp seq lead, Double Negative
Comp seq lead, Double Negative
Matte painting supv, Double Negative
VFX ed, Double Negative
Concept artist, Double Negative
Concept artist, Double Negative
Concept artist, Double Negative
Concept artist, Double Negative
Previs coord, Double Negative
Previs artist, Double Negative
Previs artist, Double Negative
Previs artist, Double Negative
Previs artist, Double Negative
Lead modeller, Double Negative
Lead modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Modeller, Double Negative
Texture artist, Double Negative
Texture artist, Double Negative
Texture artist, Double Negative
Texture artist, Double Negative
Texture artist, Double Negative
Texture artist, Double Negative
Rigger, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Lead lighting TD, Double Negative
Lead lighting TD, Double Negative
Lead lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
Lighting TD, Double Negative
FX TD, Double Negative
FX TD, Double Negative
FX TD, Double Negative
FX TD, Double Negative
FX TD, Double Negative
FX TD, Double Negative
FX TD, Double Negative
Lead matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Lead compositor, Double Negative
Lead compositor, Double Negative
Lead compositor, Double Negative
Lead compositor, Double Negative
Lead compositor, Double Negative
Lead compositor, Double Negative
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Lead compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
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Compositor, Double Negative
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Helen Johnson
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
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Compositor, Double Negative
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Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Matchmove supv, Double Negative
Matchmove supv, Double Negative
Matchmove supv, Double Negative
Matchmove lead, Double Negative
Matchmove artist, Double Negative
Matchmove artist, Double Negative
Matchmove artist, Double Negative
Matchmove artist, Double Negative
Matchmove artist, Double Negative
Matchmove artist, Double Negative
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Matchmove artist, Double Negative
Matchmove artist, Double Negative
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Matchmove artist, Double Negative
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Matchmove artist, Double Negative
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Roto/Prep supv, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Prep artist, Double Negative
Roto lead, Double Negative
Roto/Prep artist, Double Negative
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Lighting and rendering supv, Double Negative
Pipeline TD, Double Negative
Shader writer, Double Negative
Res and development, Double Negative
Res and development, Double Negative
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Studio, Double Negative
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Studio, Double Negative
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Onset services, Double Negative
Onset services, Double Negative
Visual eff
Exec VFX prod, The Mill
VFX prod, The Mill
VFX line prod, The Mill
VFX co-ord, The Mill
VFX co-ord, The Mill
VFX ed, The Mill
VFX ed, The Mill
VFX supv, The Mill
2D supv, The Mill
CG supv, The Mill
Pre-vis supv, The Mill
Pre-vis artist, The Mill
Lead tech dir, The Mill
Tech dir, The Mill
Tech dir, The Mill
FX TD, The Mill
Modeller, The Mill
Modeller, The Mill
Texture artist, The Mill
Matchmove artist, The Mill
Matchmove artist, The Mill
Matchmove artist, The Mill
Matte painter, The Mill
Matte painter, The Mill
Compositor, The Mill
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Compositor, The Mill
Compositor, The Mill
Compositor, The Mill
Roto/Prep, The Mill
Roto/Prep, The Mill
Roto/Prep, The Mill
Visual eff
Visual eff supv, Utopia
Visual eff supv, Utopia
Lead compositor, Utopia
Compositor, Utopia
Compositor, Utopia
Compositor, Utopia
Compositor, Utopia
Digital eff supv, Rushes
Digital eff supv, Rushes
Senior VFX prod, Rushes
Senior VFX prod, Rushes
VFX prod, Rushes
VFX co-ord, Rushes
VFX support, Rushes
Lead CG artist, Rushes
CG artist, Rushes
CG artist, Rushes
CG artist, Rushes
CG artist, Rushes
CG artist, Rushes
CG artist, Rushes
Compositor, Rushes
Compositor, Rushes
Compositor, Rushes
Compositor, Rushes
Visual eff
Visual eff, Lola VFX
Visual eff, Lola VFX
Visual eff, Lola VFX
Visual eff, Lola VFX
Visual eff, Lola VFX
Visual eff, Lola VFX
Visual eff, Lola VFX
Visual eff, Lola VFX
Visual eff, Lola VFX
Addl visual eff
SFX supv, Miniature elements unit
Senior tech, Miniature elements unit
Senior tech, Miniature elements unit
Senior tech, Miniature elements unit
Tech, Miniature elements unit
Tech, Miniature elements unit
Tech, Miniature elements unit
Trainee tech, Miniature elements unit
Trainee tech, Miniature elements unit
Trainee tech, Miniature elements unit
Main titles and end roller by
DANCE
Choreog
Choreog asst
MAKEUP
Hair & make-up des
Crowd hair and make-up supv
Hair and make-up artist
Hair and make-up artist
Hair and make-up artist
Hair and make-up artist
Hair and make-up artist
Hair and make-up artist
Hair and make-up artist
Hair and make-up artist
Hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Crowd hair and make-up artist
Prosthetics make-up des
Hair and make-up trainee
Crowd hair and make-up trainee
Crowd hair and make-up trainee
BBC skillset hair and make-up trainee
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting dir
Financial controller
Scr supv
Post prod supv
Dialect coaching
Head dialect coach
Dial coach
Exec in charge of prod, Working Title
Prod exec, Working Title
Head of legal and bus affairs, Working Title
Finance dir, Working Title
Exec vice pres film UK, Working Title
Dir of legal and bus affairs, Working Title
Prod supv, Working Title
Prod co-ord, Working Title
Asst prod co-ord, Working Title
Asst to Tim Bevan, Working Title
Asst to Tim Bevan, Working Title
Asst to Eric Fellner, Working Title
Asst to Eric Fellner, Working Title
Finance dir, CML
Casting consultant, CML
Casting assoc, CML
Casting asst, CML
Marketing consultant, CML
Archivist, CML
Prod assoc New York, CML
Asst to Cameron Mackintosh, CML
Asst to Nicholas Allott, CML
Prod co-ord
Asst prod co-ord
Asst to Debra Hayward
Asst to Bernie Bellew
Prod secy
Travel co-ord
Prod runner
Prod runner
Floor runner
Floor runner
Floor runner
Floor runner
Cast PA
Asst to Mr. Jackman
Asst to Mr. Crowe
Asst to Ms. Hathaway
Asst to Mr. Baron Cohen
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Unit mgr
Asst unit mgr
Loc asst
Loc asst
Stunt rigger
Wire supv
Wire asst
Wire asst
Wire asst
Prod accountant
1st asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Vocal coach
Vocal coach
Vocal coach
Vocal coach
Vocal coach
Vocal coach
Vocal coach
Casting assoc
Casting asst
Product placement and clearance co-ord
Unit pub
EPK prod
Health and safety adv
Health and safety officer
Fireman
Unit nurse
Asset mgr/Green co-ord
Pick pocketing consultant
Transport co-ord
HOD security
Security guard
Security guard
Post prod co-ord
Caterer
Dir of operations
Head chef
Head chef
Personal chef
Craft services
Craft services
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Minibus driver
Minibus driver
Minibus driver
Minibus driver
Minibus driver
Const driver
Facilities capt
Cam car driver
Cam car driver
Cost truck driver
Facilities crew
Facilities crew
Facilities crew
Facilities crew
Prod services in France provided by
Prod mgr, French unit
Prod accountant, French unit
Loc mgr, French unit
Asst loc mgr, French unit
Loc asst, French unit
Dir's driver, French unit
Cast driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Cast trailer driver, French unit
Make-up trailer driver, French unit
Wardrobe trailer driver, French unit
Aerial equip provided by, French unit
Helicopter pilot, French unit
Post prod scr services
London
Walkie talkies and prod mobile phones
Loc security
Extras casting
Child extras casting
Facilities and tech vehicles
International shipping
International shipping
STAND INS
Stunt co-ord
Asst stunt co-ord/Javert stunt double
Valjean stunt double
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Double/Stand-in for Mr. Jackman
Double/Stand-in for Mr. Crowe
COLOR PERSONNEL
Digital intermediate provided by
Digital col
Smoke op
Digital on-line ed
Digital on-line ed
Digital on-line ed
Digital intermediate head of dept
Digital intermediate prod
DI asst prod
Digital film tech supv
Data wrangler
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the musical Les Misérables, book by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, produced on the Broadway stage by Cameron Mackintosh (New York, 12 Mar 1987) and the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo (Paris, 1862).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
25 December 2012
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 25 Dec 2012
Production Date:
began Feb 2012
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby® Digital in selected theatres; Datasat Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound®
Color
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
48029
SYNOPSIS

In 1815, on the southern coast of France, Jean Valjean is released on parole after serving nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. The officer in charge of Jean’s prison gang, Javert, provides him with yellow identification papers that indicate Jean’s criminal history. Javert warns the parolee that wherever he goes, he will be haunted by his past, and Jean soon discovers the prophecy to be true when he cannot find a job, food, or shelter. One night, however, Bishop Myriel finds Jean outside his church and takes him in, feeding him and providing him with a place to sleep. Instead of sleeping, Jean steals silver plates from the bishop and runs away. The next day, two policemen drag Jean back to the church and show the Bishop the stolen goods. After lying to the policemen, saying he gave Jean the items as a gift, the Bishop instructs Jean to use the stolen silver to become an “honest man.” Ashamed, Jean rips up his identification papers and renounces his past. Eighteen years later, Jean has become the mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer, under the false identity of “Monsieur Madeleine.” At a factory owned by Jean, several workers report a young woman named Fantine to the foreman, saying she has been prostituting herself to support her child and suggesting that Fantine will bring trouble to the factory. The foreman fires Fantine, who begs for mercy as she is thrown into the street. Meanwhile, Jean meets with Javert, who is now the police inspector for Montreuil-sur-Mer. Although Javert says he recognizes him, Jean denies having met Javert and rushes out to the street when he hears a commotion. When he ...

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In 1815, on the southern coast of France, Jean Valjean is released on parole after serving nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. The officer in charge of Jean’s prison gang, Javert, provides him with yellow identification papers that indicate Jean’s criminal history. Javert warns the parolee that wherever he goes, he will be haunted by his past, and Jean soon discovers the prophecy to be true when he cannot find a job, food, or shelter. One night, however, Bishop Myriel finds Jean outside his church and takes him in, feeding him and providing him with a place to sleep. Instead of sleeping, Jean steals silver plates from the bishop and runs away. The next day, two policemen drag Jean back to the church and show the Bishop the stolen goods. After lying to the policemen, saying he gave Jean the items as a gift, the Bishop instructs Jean to use the stolen silver to become an “honest man.” Ashamed, Jean rips up his identification papers and renounces his past. Eighteen years later, Jean has become the mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer, under the false identity of “Monsieur Madeleine.” At a factory owned by Jean, several workers report a young woman named Fantine to the foreman, saying she has been prostituting herself to support her child and suggesting that Fantine will bring trouble to the factory. The foreman fires Fantine, who begs for mercy as she is thrown into the street. Meanwhile, Jean meets with Javert, who is now the police inspector for Montreuil-sur-Mer. Although Javert says he recognizes him, Jean denies having met Javert and rushes out to the street when he hears a commotion. When he discovers a man, Fauchelevent, who has been pinned underneath a wagon, Jean lifts the wagon to free him, and Javert observes, saying that he once knew a prisoner with such strength who has since broken his parole and disappeared. That night, Fantine goes to an alley filled with prostitutes and sells her hair along with two teeth, which a man forcefully removes. Fantine then agrees to sell her body, and, after having sex with a sailor for money, she cries in bed, recalling a time when she was in love and felt hopeful about the world. The same night, another man propositions her in the alley but she refuses, prompting him to shove snow into her dress. Fantine fights back by scratching his face, and Javert arrives, demanding an explanation. Before Javert can arrest her, however, Jean appears and reasons with him. Recognizing her from his factory, Jean takes pity on Fantine, delivers her to a hospital, and agrees to find her daughter, Cosette. One day, Javert makes a confession to Jean, saying he mistook him for an escaped convict and reported him; however, since then, the “real Jean Valjean” was found. Javert apologizes and suggests that Jean press charges against him, but Jean refuses. Wracked with guilt that another man might have to serve his sentence, Jean comes forth at a court hearing and claims he is the true Jean Valjean. After the judge ignores his confession, Jean visits Fantine at the hospital and finds her dying. Jean promises to take care of Fantine's daughter, Cosette. Javert confronts Jean at the hospital, having heard that he came forth to claim his identity, but Jean eludes the police inspector. In Montfermeil, at an inn owned by the corrupt Thenardier, Cosette, now a slave, dreams of an easier life. Madame Thenardier reprimands the girl for not working hard enough, even as she coddles her own daughter, Eponine. That night, Jean finds Cosette in the forest where she has been sent to fetch water. Jean leads Cosette back to the inn and tells the Thenardiers that he plans to take her with him and will pay any “debts” they are owed. Although the couple attempts to swindle him, Jean leaves a set amount of money and takes the girl. Soon after, Javert appears, demanding to know where Cosette went, but the Thenardiers cannot tell him. Cosette and Jean ride in a carriage to Paris, but when they are stopped at a gate, Jean fears they will be detected. Arriving on horseback, Javert spots Jean and Cosette as they leave the carriage. Although Javert chases them, Jean manages to escape with Cosette by scaling the wall to a convent. The convent’s groundskeeper, Fauchelevent, stops them but recognizes Jean as the man who saved his life when he was stuck underneath a wagon. Jean informs Fauchelevent that he and Cosette are seeking sanctuary. Nine years later, in 1832, masses of people are banding together in the streets to protest the monarchy. One of the revolutionaries, Marius Pontmercy, is spotted by his grandfather, Gillenormand, a rich man who reprimands his grandson for bringing shame to the family. One day, Marius sees Cosette in the street and becomes infatuated with her. Eponine Thenardier, who now lives in Paris with her parents, secretly loves Marius and is heartbroken when she learns that he has fallen for Cosette. When the Thenardiers approach Jean for money, attempting to con him by pretending to have a baby, Madame Thenardier recognizes him as the man who took Cosette. Jean denies his identity, inciting a quarrel with the Thenardiers, and Javert arrives to break up the commotion. Jean escapes, but the Thenardiers provide Javert with enough information to suggest that they were talking to Jean Valjean. Later, Marius asks Eponine to find Cosette for him, and she agrees despite being hurt by his indifference to her. Later, at a café with a group of revolutionaries, Marius confesses to his friend, Enjolras, that he has fallen in love. The young men learn that General LaMarque, a military official who was popular with the masses, has died, and Enjolras suggests that the death marks a good time to incite an uprising. At home, Cosette ponders her newfound feelings for Marius, whom she also noticed in the street. She laments the lonely life she’s lead with Jean, and his secrecy about the past. Meanwhile, Eponine leads Marius to the home of Cosette, whom he speaks with briefly before she is called back inside by Jean. Finding Eponine in the alley nearby, Thenardier realizes that they are outside the home of Jean and Cosette. Intending to capture Jean and return him to Javert, Thenardier heads toward their home but Eponine screams to warn them. Jean manages to escape yet again with Cosette, who leaves behind a letter for Marius that Eponine finds and keeps to herself. The next day, at General LaMarque’s funeral procession, revolutionaries line the streets, stealing flags from military officials and climbing atop LaMarque’s hearse. When Enjolras and Marius draw their guns, the police fire and a gunfight ensues. The revolutionaries create a makeshift barricade in the street, and Javert pretends he wants to join them, promising to find out when the French military plan to attack. When Javert returns with the news that French forces will strike after sunrise, a young boy named Gavroche refutes his claims and exposes Javert’s true identity as a police inspector. The revolutionaries tie Javert up as the French army attacks. In the midst of the fighting, Eponine is shot, but before she dies, she gives Marius the letter from Cosette. After reading it, Marius writes a response to Cosette and asks Gavroche to deliver it. Jean intercepts Marius’s letter, and, realizing that Marius and Cosette are in love, he goes to protect Marius from getting killed. Disguised as a French military official, Jean joins the revolutionaries, who distrust him at first but take him in after Jean shoots some French soldiers. Spotting Javert, Jean tells the revolutionaries that he would like to deal with the traitor himself and leads the man away. Although Javert thinks Jean is going to kill him, Jean frees him; in turn, the inspector vows that he will capture Jean someday. The next day, as the boys run out of ammunition, Gavroche walks over the barricade to get more, but the young boy is ruthlessly shot by French soldiers. The army fires cannons at the barricade, and Marius is shot. Although most of the revolutionaries are killed, Jean manages to save Marius by dragging him into the sewer, where he encounters Thenardier, who is stealing valuables from corpses. Thenardier steals a ring from Marius before Jean is able to drag him away. Emerging from the sewer, Jean encounters Javert and says that he must get Marius to the hospital. Although Javert threatens to shoot Jean, he drops his gun in the sewer when Jean defies his orders. Instead of pursuing the escaped convict any further, Javert jumps from a tall bridge to his death. Marius recovers in the hospital, unaware that Jean saved him, and returns to the café where he once met with his comrades. Cosette greets Marius there, and, later, they join Gillenormand at his home. Although Marius invites Jean to live in the large house, along with he and Cosette, Jean confesses to breaking his parole and lying about his identity, and says he must leave, warning that Cosette must not know the truth about him. Soon after, Cosette and Marius are married, and the Thenardiers attend the wedding in disguise. As Marius orders them out, Thenardier tells him that he had seen Jean in the sewer with the corpse of a boy he killed, showing the ring he stole from the boy as evidence. Marius recognizes the ring as his own and realizes that Jean was his savior. Learning that Jean is at a convent, Marius takes Cosette there, and they find Jean in poor health. Marius thanks Jean for saving him, as Jean sees visions of Fantine, who promises that he will be with God in the afterlife. Jean gives Cosette a letter that confesses his past, then dies as Cosette sobs in Marius’s arms.

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