Jean Valjean, a Frenchman of good character and great strength, is convicted of stealing a loaf of bread, an act that sets in motion a lifetime of misery for Valjean, as he is pursued by the uncompromising and brutal lawman Javert.
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This movie made me cry when I was a teenager. Don't know what I'd think of it now: I'd probably compare it unfavorably with Raymond Bernard's masterful version. But I remember that Laughton was absolutely brilliant.