The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982 film)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Created by Victor Hugo (novel)
Based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame
by Victor Hugo
Written by John Gay
Directed by Michael Tuchner
Alan Hume
Starring Anthony Hopkins
Derek Jacobi
Lesley-Anne Down
John Gielgud
Theme music composer Ken Thorne
Country of origin UK
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Norman Rosemont
Malcolm J. Christopher
Cinematography Alan Hume
Editor(s) Keith Palmer
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) Hallmark Hall of Fame
Distributor Columbia Pictures Television
Original release 4 February 1982
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
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Episode no. Season 31
Episode 2
Production code 265
Original air date 4 February 1982
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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.

Different ending[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.


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