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Sample the Second Best Musical Performance in 'Les Miserables'

Samantha Bark is on her own

Samantha Barks in Les Miserables
Samantha Barks in Les Miserables
Photo: Universal Pictures

Anne Hathaway gives one of the best musical performances I have seen on film with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" in Les Miserables. I say this as someone not entirely versed in musicals, but also as someone that easily recognized the power behind her performance and the emotion that exudes from it. However, Universal is rightly keeping that clip under lock and key so it can be experienced by audiences in theaters, but they are giving you a taste of the second best musical performance in the film, that being Samantha Barks.

Barks plays Éponine, a role she first played on the London stage production of Les Misérables for a year spanning June 2010 to June 2011 and her performance singing "On My Own" was likely a showstopper on stage just as much as it is in the filmed adaptation and you can get a taste of it below.

Les Miserables hits theaters on December 25.

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  • Eoin Daly

    There are four other clips. Just based on this clip Samantha has to get an oscar nomination.

    • Christophe

      Sorry, but I don't get it. All she does is sing, walk and frown. Sure, I couldn't do it, especially under the rain, but still as a stage musical performer she's used to do such things. Now I want to see some serious acting before including her in the race.

      • Eoin Daly

        I have not seen the movie but from my experince of the stage musical she will have a great acting moment. Just watch out.

      • AS

        That's what I'm sayin.

      • Adrianne

        She walks, sings, frowns, and completely moves you to tears with the delicate balance of joy, devastation, hope, and heartbreak that is so evident on her face. This is one of the most emotional performances I've seen thus far from the film, and it's even more powerful because it's quite subtle. But if you're waiting for "serious acting," you'll get it. I've heard she absolutely steals the show.

  • Kessler

    Looks pretty good. Can't wait to see this on the big screen .

  • Travis

    The song itself was a show stopper, and the role is fairly beloved. As for Barks, a lot of people do consider her one of the best to play the role (I'm just glad the early rumors weren't true that Taylor Swift got the role. It would certainly not have been as enjoyable as this)

  • lindaH

    She enunciates, hits the right notes. That's all I'm getting. Not feeling it.

  • Winchester

    I think I'll wait to see the film before watching any clips otherwise the context of the song would be lost on me and I might react incorrectly to it.

    • Travis

      That's actually a good call, although this is the sole clip that is essentially straightforward. Having seen the musical and heard the songs countless times, I watched for the sole purpose of "Do they hit the right notes?" (Although I knew Sam does) but some of the clips could be confusing out of context. I think you'll enjoy it, if they do it justice

  • maja

    With Winchester on this one. Trying to skip all the marketing on this one so can experience it all first time on the big screen.

  • Grissom

    Brad, i know you can`t publish your review yet, but what`s one word you`d use to describe what you though of it?


    all the time i used to read smaller articles or reviews which also clear their
    motive, and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I am reading now.