The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982 film)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (sometimes known as simply Hunchback) is a 1982 British-American romantic drama TV film based on Victor Hugo's 1831 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 Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Created byVictor Hugo (novel)
Based onThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
by Victor Hugo
Written byJohn Gay
Directed byMichael Tuchner
Alan Hume
StarringAnthony Hopkins
Derek Jacobi
Lesley-Anne Down
John Gielgud
Theme music composerKen Thorne
Country of originUK
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Norman Rosemont
Malcolm J. Christopher
CinematographyAlan Hume
Editor(s)Keith Palmer
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)Hallmark Hall of Fame
DistributorColumbia Pictures Television
Original release4 February 1982 (1982-02-04)
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Hallmark Hall of Fame episode
Episode no.Season 31
Episode 2
Production code265
Original air date4 February 1982
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Different endingEdit

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-defense 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 Quasimodo 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 and Gringoire learn of his death.

One plot element not in the novel is borrowed from the 1939 film adaptation: 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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