The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  4 February 1982 (USA)
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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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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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a stinker
3 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How is it possible that such a brilliant cast could make such a bad adaptation of a classic novel? Anthony Hopkins is not allowed to put any real life into Quasimodo, and Derek Jacobi just barely lets us see into his tortured soul. Lesley-Anne Down is laughable as an actress, although breathtakingly beautiful. The real surprise here is David Suchet, who plays a character utterly unlike any we are used to -- a far cry from Poirot!

Why was I disappointed? The sound is terrible, the cuts between scenes disjointed, the scenery poorly constructed, and the actors are hemmed in by a terrible script. We are not given insight to the relationship between Quasimodo and the Archdeacon, nor between Pierre and Esmerelda. Tim Piggott-Smith has about the best character development, and he is a secondary character at best.

Cameos by such luminaries as John Gielgud and Nigel Hawthorne heightened the disappointment even more. This one is really a stinker and a waste of England's best talent.

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