Les MisÚrables Film Adaptation Was Highest-Grossing Film on Christmas Day

By Andrew Gans
and Michael Gioia
26 Dec 2012

Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne
Universal Pictures

In "Les Misérables," there are a few additions, for storytelling, clarity and gap-filling, including the Golden Globe-nominated and Oscar-eligible new number entitled "Suddenly," a song for Valjean as he whisks his new daughter away from the Thenardiers in a coach. The song concerns Valjean's new role as father to the child Cosette. (Here's a video feature about its intent).

Producer Mackintosh previously told Playbill.com that the song "was something that Alain and Claude-Michel came up with, after a passage in the book, which beautifully explains what happens when [Valjean] takes Cosette from the inn and looks after her. Herbie's written a lovely lyric to it, and we're all delighted how it seems to fit into the film version."

The film soundtrack, which was released digitally Dec. 21, includes such iconic tunes as "Look Down," "The Bishop," "Valjean's Soliloquy,"
"At the End of the Day," "I Dreamed a Dream," "The Confrontation,"
"Castle On a Cloud," "Master of the House," "Suddenl," "Stars," "ABC Cafe/Red and Black," "In My Life"/"A Heart Full of Love," "On My Own," "One Day More," "Drink With Me," "Bring Him Home," "The Final Battle," "Javert's Suicide,"
"Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and "Epilogue."

"Les Miz," which has generated significant Oscar buzz, has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

Here's how the film, which features a screenplay by William Nicholson ("Gladiator," "Nell," "Shadowlands"), is described: "Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, 'Les Misérables' tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever."

Production for "Les Miz" began in early March. Click here for photos from filming.

Les Misérables opened on Broadway in March 1987 following productions in Paris and the West End. The musical was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 1987, taking home eight for Best Book (Boublil and Schonberg), Best Direction (Trevor Nunn and John Caird), Best Featured Actor (Michael Maguire), Best Featured Actress (Frances Ruffelle), Best Lighting Design (David Hersey), Best Score (Schonberg, Kretzmer and Boublil), Best Scenic Design (John Napier) and Best Musical. The musical has had productions all over the world and was performed in a 10th anniversary concert and 25th anniversary concert.

Visit LesMiserablesFilm.com.