One of the greatest musicals that have come to the Hollywood screen is the theatre play, "Les Miserables". The last movie version was released in 1998 and stars Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman. It was directed by Billy August. This movie has all of the original songs from the Broadway play, "Les Miserables". The original play was first created in 1980 and is based on a novel by Victor Hugo. This novel was published in 1862. It tells the story of Jean Valjean who is imprisoned for stealing bread. He is released from prison but spends the next decade avoiding the police officer Javert who chases him trying to establish his identity, after Valjean turns his life around.
“Les Miserables” is thought to be one of the greatest works of literature that focuses on the main themes that were prevalent at the time within 19th century France. One of the central themes within the play is the stark difference between those who are rich and the treatment of the poor. The poor live in the underground of society. The movie adaptation of this musical spans almost a 16-17 year period, and it discusses the politics that was governing France at the time. Some of the best songs are from "Les Miserables." This is why it was awarded a Tony award as "Best Musical".
Songs on the movie soundtrack include popular songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Lovely Ladies” and “Look Down”. There are also versions of the songs, “Drink With Me” and “Dog Eat Dog.”