The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
HunchbackOfNotreDame1982.jpg
Video cover
Distributed by Columbia Pictures Television
Created by Victor Hugo (novel)
Directed by Michael Tuchner
Alan Hume
Produced by Norman Rosemont
Malcolm J. Christopher
Written by John Gay
Starring Anthony Hopkins
Derek Jacobi
Lesley-Anne Down
John Gielgud
Music by Ken Thorne
Cinematography Alan Hume
Editing by Keith Palmer
Production company Hallmark Hall of Fame
Country UK
USA
Language English
Release date 4 February 1982
Running time 100 minutes
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Hallmark Hall of Fame episode
Episode no. Season 31
Episode 2
Production code 265
Original air date 4 February 1982
Episode chronology
← Previous
"The Marva Collins Story"
Next →
"Witness for the Prosecution"
Episode list

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (sometimes known as simply Hunchback) is a 1982 British-American TV movie, based on the Victor Hugo novel. It was directed by Michael Tuchner and Alan Hume, and produced by Norman Rosemont and Malcolm J. Christopher. It starred Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, Lesley-Anne Down and John Gielgud. The film was produced as part of the long-running Hallmark Hall of Fame series and was televised February 4, 1982 on CBS.

Differences between the film and the novel[edit]

The ending of the 1982 movie is very different. Not only does Esmeralda survive, but she recognizes Quasimodo's kindness toward her and kisses him goodbye before she leaves in safety with the poet Gringoire. Quasimodo also kills Frollo in self-defence by impaling him on a hook in the wall rather than throwing him off of the tower. After Frollo is killed and Gringoire and Esmeralda leave, soldiers pursue him and he plunges to his death from the parapet of Notre Dame, with the word "Why?" on his lips. The film ends without the audience knowing if Esmeralda learns of his death.

Several plot elements not in the novel are borrowed from the 1939 film as well. Not only does Esmeralda survive at the end, but she eventually comes to love Gringoire, and, again as in that film, it is strongly implied that they stay together after he rescues her.

Cast[edit]

External links[edit]