An epic in the tradition of Doctor Zhivago and Ryan's Daughter - still considered by most as the greatest film adaptations of Victor Hugo's masterpiece, Les Miserables. Jean Valjean (Jean Gabin) is released on parole after serving 19 years in a hard labor prison for stealing some bread. Valjean is set straight by a kindly bishop (Fernand Ledoux) who gives him a set of very expensive candlesticks and makes him promise to turn his life around from that day forward. Nine years later, Valjean, now a wealthy industrialist and mayor, risks everything when he comes to the aid of Fantine (Daniele Delorme), a single mother turned prostitute. Fantine is nearly arrested by police officer, Javert (Bernard Blier), who was a guard at the prison where Valjean served time. The cop begins to suspect that the mayor and Valjean, the good samaritan, are the same person. The all-star cast includes legendary character actors Bourvil and Serge Reggiani. Directed by Jean-Louis Le Chabois.