I love this version of Les Miserables, great photography, colour, scenery, dialogue, actors. I bought it though I had already seen it. I confess right now that I have never read the book. Liam Neeson was very well cast in his role as the main character, Jean Valjean, an ex-convict. Geoffrey Rush, who played Valjean's persecutor, though good, didn't quite match up to Charles Laughton who played that role in a much earlier version. I think Jean Valjean (Neeson) should have been canonised for his patience with his adopted daughter(I think she was trying to get him killed personally) and his relentless persecutor. More than once Valjean had the opportunity to rid himself of Rush without even gettings his hands dirty. (Maybe Valjean had a death wish. Certainly he's a better person than I am Gunga Din!) This movie had my emotions all over the place and I like a movie, or book, that can do that!