What's the Difference between Les Miserables the Book and Les Miserables the Movie?


Les Miserables

Released: 1862
Author: Victor Hugo

Les Miserables

Released: 2012
Director: Tom Hooper
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Jean Valjean
Jean Valjean
Portrayed by: Hugh Jackman
Portrayed by: Russell Crowe
Portrayed by: Anne Hathaway
Portrayed by: Amanda Seyfried
Portrayed by: Sacha Baron Cohen
Madame Thénardier
Madame Thénardier
Portrayed by: Helena Bonham Carter
Marius Pontmercy
Portrayed by: Eddie Redmayne
Gavroche Thénardier
Portrayed by: Daniel Huttlestone
Portrayed by: Aaron Tveit
Éponine Thénardier
Portrayed by: Samantha Barks
M. Myriel
Bishop of Digne
Portrayed by: Colm Wilkinson
M. Gillenormand
M. Gillenormand
Portrayed by: Patrick Godfrey
Portrayed by: Stephen Tate
Portrayed by: George Blagden
Portrayed by: Fra Fee
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In the Book In the Movie
   At Cosette's request, Valjean gives the bucket back to her just before they reach the inn. Valjean stays for one night, giving Cosette some gifts and helping her to stay out of trouble with Madame Thénardier before offering to take her away. Valjean takes the bucket all the way to the inn and hands it to Madame Thénardier himself, then offers to take Cosette away immediately.
   Valjean gives Thénardier 1500 francs for Cosette after the latter mentions that he has a debt that big. However, he is not satisfied, and runs off after them once they've left to try and coax more money out of them, unsuccessfully. Valjean arbitrarily gives Thénardier 1500 francs in exchange for Cosette. The innkeeper does not try to chase after them.
   Valjean buys the doll Catherine for Cosette after he sees Madame Thénardier raising a fuss over Cosette taking her daughters' doll. Valjean buys the doll for Cosette as a gift after taking her away from the Thénardiers.
   Valjean and Cosette stay for some time at the Gorbeau house in Paris before Javert picks up on their trail and forces them to try and find a new home. Javert surprises Valjean and Cosette at a police checkpoint as they are arriving in Paris.
   Fauchelevent helps sneak Valjean and Cosette out of the Petit-Picpus convent in a coffin and a fruit-basket before convincing the prioress to admit them as a gardener and a pupil, saying that Valjean is his brother and Cosette his niece, in return for helping to secretly bury a recently deceased nun. This is not shown.
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