AuthorVictor Hugo CreatorVictor Hugo (novel) LanguageEnglish
Alan Hume Release date4 February 1982 Based onThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
by Victor Hugo CharactersQuasimodo, Esmeralda, Claude Frollo AdaptationsThe Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) GenresFiction, Romanticism, Childrens literature, Gothic fiction Similar moviesRelated Victor Hugo books, Other books
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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 on CBS on February 4, 1982.
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.
Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda
Anthony Hopkins as Quasimodo
Derek Jacobi as Claude Frollo
David Suchet as Clopin Trouillefou
Gerry Sundquist as Pierre Gringoire
Tim Pigott-Smith as Phillipe
John Gielgud as Jacques Charmolue
Robert Powell as Captain Phoebus
Nigel Hawthorne as Magistrate at Esmeralda's trial