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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Romance | TV Movie 4 February 1982
A disfigured man is feared and tormented by the townspeople of Notre Dame, but he has a sensitive nature of which few are aware.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Sundquist ...
Magistrate at Esmeralda's trial
Roland Culver ...
Bishop of Paris
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Joseph Blatchley ...
Dave Hill ...
Donald Eccles ...


Quasimodo, the hunchback bellringer of Notre Dame's cathedral meets a beautiful gypsy dancer, Esmeralda, and falls in love with her. So does Quasimodo's guardian, the archdeacon of the cathedral, and a poor street poet. But Esmeralda's in love with a handsome soldier. But when a mob mistakes her for a witch, it's up to Quasimodo to rescue her and claim sanctuary for her in the cathedral. Written by Kathy Li

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4 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (#31.2)  »

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Quasimodo makeup took five hours. Anthony Hopkins was required to report to the set at 3 a.m. See more »


[last lines]
Quasimodo: Why?
[the word reverbs while Quasimodo falls to his death]
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Version of Esmeralda (1905) See more »

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Almost completely like the novel.
16 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is superbly similar to the Hugo novel. Quasimodo looks exactly like it's told in the book, he is almost deaf, and in this movie we see yet another "little Esmeralda", who reminds us of the dancer in the Dieterle version.

I was quite surprised that even Frollo is rather good to Quasimodo - just like in the novel - but when he already at the beginning started to show his passion for Esmeralda, I knew that he is just like he must be. Honestly, I couldn't only hate him because he later seemed to be quite unhappy of being "bewitched" and that Esmeralda refused to answer to his feelings.

I was especially shocked that the film had even the torture scene of Esmeralda. Captain Phoebus, too, was surprisingly similar to the character of the book, and it was good that Gringoire tried to warn Esmeralda about him. It was also really moving to hear Quasimodo talk about his own ugliness.

The only thing I was a little disappointed in was the end; although it doesn't belong to the novel, I had started to hope that Esmeralda could see the truth about Quasimodo.

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