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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 4 February 1982
Disfigured man Quasimodo (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is feared and tormented by the townspeople of Notre Dame, but he has a sensitive nature of which few are aware.

Directors:

Michael Tuchner, Alan Hume (uncredited)

Writers:

John Gay (written for television by), Victor Hugo (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Quasimodo
Derek Jacobi ... Dom Claude Frollo
David Suchet ... Clopin Trouillefou
Gerry Sundquist ... Pierre Gringoire
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Philippe
John Gielgud ... Charmolue
Robert Powell ... Phoebus
Lesley-Anne Down ... Esmeralda
Nigel Hawthorne ... Magistrate at Esmeralda's Trial
Roland Culver ... Bishop of Paris
Rosalie Crutchley ... Simone
David Kelly ... Tavernkeeper
Joseph Blatchley Joseph Blatchley ... Albert
Dave Hill Dave Hill ... Coppenhole
Donald Eccles ... Judge
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Storyline

Quasimodo (Sir Anthony Hopkins), the hunchback bellringer of Notre Dame's cathedral meets a beautiful gypsy dancer, Esmeralda (Lesley-Anne Down), and falls in love with her. So does Quasimodo's guardian, the archdeacon of the cathedral, Dom Claude Frollo (Sir Derek Jacobi), 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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Evil Is The Eye Of The Beholder

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Quasimodo's make-up took five hours. Sir Anthony Hopkins was required to report to the set at 3 a.m. See more »

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The number of coins in Esmeralda's tambourine as she dances. See more »

Quotes

Quasimodo: [Quasimodo, sobbing] Water, she gave me water.
[Wherein we learn that Quasimodo is not crying because the cruelty of the villagers, but out of happiness for the kindness of Esmeralda]
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Version of O Corcunda de Notre Dame (1957) See more »

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a stinker
3 June 2007 | by joanmarieherbersSee 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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