Film: Les Misérables (2012)
Fight. Dream. Hope. Love.
"Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men. It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums There is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!Les Misérables
— Do You Hear the People Sing?
is a 2012 film version of the stage musical of the same name
, which in turn was an adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic book of the same name
. Despite being an adaptation of the musical, it also incorporates elements from the novel that were left out of the musical. It was produced by Cameron Mackintosh, directed by Tom Hooper, and starred Hugh Jackman
as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe
as Inspector Javert, Anne Hathaway
as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried
as Cosette, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Samantha Barks as Eponine, Aaron Tveit
as Enjolras, Sacha Baron Cohen
as Monsieur Thenardier, and Helena Bonham-Carter
as Madame Thenardier. Notable for Hooper's decision to have the vocals recorded live on set, as opposed to having the actors lip-synch to prerecorded tracks, to create more natural performances.
Released on Christmas Day 2012 in the United States, the film was well-received at the box office, breaking the record for the highest opening day gross for a musical film (a record previously held by High School Musical 3
), as well as currently being the second-highest Christmas day launch to date (a record currently held by Sherlock Holmes
The film won three Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway; Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Jackman; and Best Comedy or Musical Picture), was nominated for eight Academy Awards
, and won three (Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway; Makeup & Hairstyling; and Sound Mixing).
In addition to tropes inherited from both the novel and the stage adaptation of this story, this film provides examples of: