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

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Les Miserables

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Released: 1862
Author: Victor Hugo

Les Miserables

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Released: 2012
Director: Tom Hooper
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In the Book In the Movie
Jean Valjean
Jean Valjean
Portrayed by: Hugh Jackman
Javert
Javert
Portrayed by: Russell Crowe
Fantine
Fantine
Portrayed by: Anne Hathaway
Cosette
Cosette
Portrayed by: Amanda Seyfried
Thénardier
Thénardier
Portrayed by: Sacha Baron Cohen
Madame Thénardier
Madame Thénardier
Portrayed by: Helena Bonham Carter
Marius Pontmercy
Marius
Portrayed by: Eddie Redmayne
Gavroche Thénardier
Gavroche
Portrayed by: Daniel Huttlestone
Enjolras
Enjolras
Portrayed by: Aaron Tveit
Éponine Thénardier
Éponine
Portrayed by: Samantha Barks
M. Myriel
Bishop of Digne
Portrayed by: Colm Wilkinson
M. Gillenormand
M. Gillenormand
Portrayed by: Patrick Godfrey
Fauchelevent
Fauchelevent
Portrayed by: Stephen Tate
Grantaire
Grantaire
Portrayed by: George Blagden
Courfeyrac
Courfeyrac
Portrayed by: Fra Fee
Les Miserables Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   It is explained that Javert was born in prison to a fortune teller whose husband was in the galleys. Javert casually mentions that he, like Valjean, was born among poor people and criminals.
   Fantine is fatally shocked when Javert yells out Valjean's true identity, which leads to Valjean claiming Javert murdered her. Fantine passes away peacefully while thinking about Cosette.
   Valjean accompanies Javert when the latter rearrests him, but escapes by breaking a bar in his cell window and dropping from the station roof. Before leaving Montreuil, he returns to his old quarters, where Javert looks for him but a colleague named Sister Simplice helps conceal him. Valjean jumps out of a window after his confrontation with Javert, and swims away.
   Valjean is recaptured in Paris a few days after fleeing Montreuil and brought back to the Toulon galleys. He escapes by pretending to drown after saving another prisoner from falling into the sea. This is not shown, as Valjean seemingly goes to Montfermeil immediately after fleeing Montreuil.
   Cosette first meets Valjean when, while carrying the bucket of water back to Montfermeil, he grabs hold of the handle and helps her carry it. She feels at ease around him. Cosette hears Valjean approaching while carrying the bucket back and runs to hide behind a tree before Valjean assures her that he means no harm and offers to help her.
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