Another Holiday Release To Numb Your Butt: 'Les Misérables' Runs Nearly 3 Hours With "No Plans To Cut It Down"

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by Charlie Schmidlin
October 25, 2012 1:02 PM
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Update: Reps for the film tell us that "Les Miserables" runs 2 hours and 30 minutes without credits. 

Despite his consistently surprising/worrying technological tweaks to the LOTR franchise with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Peter Jackson was nonetheless able to finally fit audience expectation with news that the first installment would run close to three hours. However, it seems this holiday season will require more perfectly timed bathroom breaks and comfy seats than initially realized, as another high-profile blockbuster has been touted to run near the 180-minute mark.

After the “I Dreamed a Dream”-centered trailer featuring Anne Hathaway hinted at a faithfully drawn adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic, “Les Misérables,” news that the film will now run over three hours only lends to director Tom Hooper's all-inclusive narrative direction. Variety's Jeff Sneider recently caught wind of the news on Twitter, and aside from talk regarding the film's length, he also commented that the studio “has no plans to cut it down.”

Hooper has so far been one to keep his films trim -- both “The King's Speech” and “The Damned United” could've easily been let loose to a bloated running time -- and so the notion that “Les Misérables” will keep its extended length could point to a greater confidence in the material. He's certainly got the right cast behind him with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks singing the stage musical's signature tunes alongside Hathaway, who incidentally just performed a stage revue last night to great notices. We'll see if Hooper can achieve the same when “Les Misérables” is released on Christmas Day.

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  • outbackdreaming | October 25, 2012 7:46 PMReply

    A tweet from someone at Universal:

    "Universal Pictures Pusher" tweeted this:

    Michael Moses ‏@michael_moses
    Time for a little clarity. End credits aren't on yet but the running time of LES MISÉRABLES without them is 2:32.

  • Dan | October 25, 2012 3:27 PMReply

    No good movie is too long, and no bad movie is too short. I am hoping and praying Les Miserables falls into the former category. After all, the novel was over 1200 pages in lengthy.

  • One can wish | October 25, 2012 2:28 PMReply

    I just read that the gifted Eddie Redmayne performed with the very talented Anne Hathaway for that benefit concert. And, one of my all-time faves, Audra McDonald. Now, that lady can do things that Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, nor Daniel Day-Lewis can do. If their was any justice, McDonald would have a big film career, along with her gigantic stage career. She is gorgeous, sexy, and charismatic.

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