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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1997)

The Hunchback (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 16 March 1997
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Based on the novel, a young gypsy becomes a Minister's obsession in 1483. Only the bell ringer and her husband and the court of miracles can save her.

Director:

Peter Medak (as Peter Medák)

Writers:

Victor Hugo (novel), John Fasano (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Quasimodo
Richard Harris ... Dom Frollo
Salma Hayek ... Esmeralda
Edward Atterton ... Gringoire
Benedick Blythe ... Phoebus
Nigel Terry ... King Louis XI
Jim Dale ... Clopin
Trevor Baxter ... Chief Lawyer
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Father Michel
Nickolas Grace ... Gauchére
Matthew Sim ... Crippled Man
Cassie Stuart ... Colette
Gabi Fon ... Queen Anne
Michael Mehlmann ... Beggar (as Michael Mehlman)
Olga Antal ... Woman in Crowd
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Based on the novel, a young gypsy becomes a Minister's obsession in 1483. Only the bell ringer and her husband and the court of miracles can save her. Written by Colleen Tuohy <elmo15@ix.netcom.com>

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Drama | Romance

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A lot of lines said by Quasimodo are taken from the 1939 film starring Charles Laughton, including the famous line, "Why wasn't I made of stone, like thee?". Mandy Patinkin, who played Quasimodo, was inspired by Laughton to play the character. See more »

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When Quasimodo returns to the Cathedral after his public punishment there is no sign of it on his skin, though it was prominent in the scenes with Esmeralda. See more »

Quotes

Quasimodo: [to a gargoyle] Why was I not made of stone like thee?
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Version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956) See more »

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passable version
15 March 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This version of Hugo's classic tale, directed by Peter Medak, is spoilt somewhat by Mandy Patinkin's make-up as Quasimodo - only one side of his face seems to be disfigured, making him more like the phantom of the opera than the cathedral bell-ringer. But that's a small point.

Salma Hayek is just OK as Esmeralda, but she isn't as luminous a beauty as Maureen O'Hara was in the 1930s film version. Edward Atterton is Gringoire, and Benedick Blythe Phoebus - neither particularly memorable.

The two in the cast who are really worth watching are Nigel Terry as king Louis, and Richard Harris as the troubled, religious Frollo, ashamed of his feelings towards Esmeralda and jealous of the disfigured misfit he has taken on as his pseudo son. The character is multi-faceted and fascinating.

This version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame definitely shows its TV movie roots, but it is still a superior piece of drama, slightly above the average.


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Release Date:

16 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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Budapest, Hungary See more »

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