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modern_JJ
audiences_NNS
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more_DT
likely_JJ
to_IN
be_BE
familiar_JJ
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les_NP
misirables_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
pop-broadway_NN
musical_JJ
rather_RB
than_CS
victor_NP
hugo_NP
's_POS
original_JJ
tome_???
._.
adapted_VBD
several_DT
times_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
cinema_NN
,_,
this_DT
latest_JJS
effort_NN
does_DOZ
a_DT
superb_JJ
job_NN
of_IN
translating_VBG
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
story_NN
,_,
and_CC
heart_NN
of_IN
the_DT
novel_NN
to_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
._.
liam_NP
neeson_NP
stars_NNS
as_IN
jean_NP
valjean_JJ
._.
as_CS
a_DT
young_JJ
man_NN
,_,
valjean_JJ
stole_VBD
some_DT
bread_NN
to_IN
satisfy_VB
his_PP$
hunger_NN
._.
._.
._.
and_CC
he_PP
was_BEDZ
sentenced_VBN
to_IN
19_CD
years_NNS
of_IN
hard_JJ
labor_NP
for_IN
his_PP$
crimes_NNS
._.
prison_NN
hardened_JJ
him_PP
,_,
and_CC
on_IN
his_PP$
release_NN
he_PP
seems_VBZ
doomed_VBN
to_IN
a_DT
life_NN
of_IN
crime_NN
and_CC
squalor_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
an_DT
unexpected_JJ
act_NN
of_IN
compassion_NN
changes_NNS
his_PP$
outlook_NN
on_IN
life_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
vows_VBZ
to_IN
become_VBN
a_DT
better_JJR
man_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
he_PP
runs_VBZ
up_RP
against_IN
one_CD
man_NN
who_WP
doesn't_DOZ
believe_VB
in_IN
reform_NN
._.
inspector_NN
javert_NP
(_(
geoffrey_NP
rush_NN
)_)
is_BEZ
an_DT
obsessive_JJ
law_NN
abider_NN
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
no_DT
tolerance_NN
for_IN
anyone_PN
who_WP
breaks_VBZ
the_DT
rules_NNS
,_,
even_RB
with_IN
benign_JJ
intentions_NNS
._.
he_PP
once_RB
served_VBD
as_CS
a_DT
guard_NN
at_IN
the_DT
labor_NP
camp_NN
where_CS
valjean_JJ
served_VBD
,_,
and_CC
after_IN
valjean_JJ
breaks_NNS
his_PP$
parole_NN
,_,
javert_NP
devotes_VBZ
himself_PPX
to_IN
bringing_VBG
him_PP
to_IN
justice_NN
._.
two_CD
women_NNS
also_RB
get_VB
caught_VBN
up_RP
in_IN
the_DT
struggle_NN
._.
fantine_JJ
(_(
uma_???
thurman_JJ
)_(
is_BEZ
an_DT
unwed_JJ
mother_NN
suffocating_JJ
in_IN
an_DT
unforgiving_NN
society_NN
._.
her_PP
daughter_NN
,_,
cosette_NN
(_(
mimi_???
newman_NP
,_,
and_CC
later_RBR
,_,
claire_NP
danes_NNS
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
her_PP$
life_NN
,_,
yet_RB
she_PP
cannot_NN
afford_VB
to_IN
raise_NN
her_PP
._.
instead_RB
,_,
cosette_NN
is_BEZ
sent_VBN
to_IN
live_JJ
with_IN
a_DT
cruel_JJ
foster_JJ
family_NN
which_WDT
extorts_VBZ
money_NN
from_IN
fantine_JJ
,_,
and_CC
forces_NNS
cosette_NN
into_IN
a_DT
life_NN
little_JJ
better_NN
than_CS
a_DT
slave_NN
._.
director_NN
bille_NP
august_NP
manages_VBZ
to_IN
create_VB
a_NP
faithful_JJ
adaptation_NN
of_IN
victor_NP
hugo_NP
's_POS
novel_NN
,_,
which_WDT
,_,
though_CS
omitting_VBG
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
political_JJ
undertones_NNS
,_,
remains_VBZ
true_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
overall_JJ
story_NN
and_CC
tone_NN
of_IN
the_DT
book_NN
._.
hopefully_RB
you_PP
won't_MD
,_,
as_CS
some_DT
clueless_NN
members_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
did_DOD
,_,
wonder_NN
where_CS
all_PDT
the_DT
songs_NNS
went_VBD
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
manages_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
completely_RB
engrossing_VBG
without_IN
the_DT
andrew_NP
lloyd_NP
webber_NP
flourishes_NNS
._.
the_DT
experience_NN
is_BEZ
bolstered_VBN
by_IN
strong_JJ
performances_NNS
throughout_IN
,_,
though_CS
neeson_NN
and_CC
rush_NN
deservedly_RB
take_VB
center_NN
stage_NN
with_IN
their_PP$
core_NN
roles_NNS
._.
neeson_NN
in_IN
particular_JJ
deserves_VBZ
kudos_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
portrayal_NN
of_IN
a_DT
man_NN
trying_VBG
to_IN
do_DO
good_JJ
,_,
but_CC
continually_RB
haunted_VBN
by_IN
his_PP$
past_NN
._.
the_DT
supporting_JJ
cast_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
extraordinary_JJ
._.
the_DT
only_JJ
actor_NN
who_WP
dims_???
in_CD
comparison_NN
is_BEZ
hans_NP
matheson_NP
,_,
playing_VBG
the_DT
revolutionary_JJ
,_,
marius_NP
._.
the_DT
film_NN
slightly_RB
loses_VBZ
its_PP$
luster_NN
during_IN
his_PP$
brief_JJ
love_NN
affair_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
transitory_JJ
,_,
and_CC
truly_RB
only_RB
distracting_VBG
when_CS
contrasted_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
the_DT
novel_NN
les_NP
misirables_NNS
is_BEZ
,_,
by_IN
any_DT
account_NN
,_,
an_DT
epic_JJ
,_,
both_RB
in_IN
its_PP$
scope_NN
and_CC
in_IN
its_PP$
length_NN
._.
while_CS
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
nearly_RB
impossible_JJ
to_IN
cram_???
everything_PN
from_IN
its_PP$
pages_NNS
into_IN
a_DT
two_CD
hour_NN
movie_NN
,_,
this_DT
latest_JJS
attempt_NN
does_DOZ
an_DT
admirable_JJ
job_NN
at_IN
the_DT
translation_NN
._.
it_PP
,_,
too_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
an_DT
epic_JJ
._.
._.
._.
and_CC
one_CD
worth_IN
seeing_VBG
._.