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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.


  • 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
  • Roland Culver as Bishop of Paris
  • Rosalie Crutchley as Simone
  • David Kelly as Tavernkeeper
  • Joseph Blatchley as Albert
  • Dave Hill as Coppenhole
  • Donald Eccles as Judge
  • Timothy Bateson as Commerce
  • Jack Klaff as Officer
  • Timothy Morand as Maurice
  • Martin Carroll as Herald
  • Hugo de Vernier as Nobility
  • Eunice Black as Clergy
  • Kenny Baker as Pick Pocket
  • Michael Burrell as Clerical Aide
  • Antony Carrick as Auditor
  • John Kidd as 1st Physician
  • Stanley Lebor as Torturer
  • Norman Lumsden as King's Attorney
  • John Rutland as 2nd Old Man
  • Wally Thomas as 1st Old Man