He is police inspector who worked at the prison where the convict
Jean Valjean is held for stealing a loaf of bread. When Valjean is sent out on
parole, Javert warns him not to forget his name, for he is always watching. Javert
believes "once a thief, always a theif". When Valjean breaks his parole,
Javert's undying belief in the law fules his obsession of capturing Valjean. They
meet in unlikely places and chance meetings, but Valjean always manages to escape.
Finally at the barricades Valjean is given a chance to finally end his life in fear of
Javert, but he lets him go free. Javert is filled with a confusion that questions
his very purpose of living...
And I am Javert. Do not forget my name, do not forget me,
You must think me mad. I've hunted you across the years. Men
like you can never change, a man such as you.
Stars, in your multitudes, scarce to be counted, filling the
darkness with order and light. You are the sentinels, silent and sure, keeping watch in
And if you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame.
Who is this man, what sort of devil is he to have me caught
in a trap and choose to let me go free?
My heart is stone and still it trembles.
And does he know, that granting me my life today, this man
has killed me even so.
- Roger Allam