I just don't think that this worked. The music is so critical to the story that the fact that most of these people can't really sing is hard to overcome. The nature of musicals also does not lend itself to the gritty realism of the directing style. It made me want to get the broadway cast album to hear the music again.
Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis:
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.