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The Hunchback (1997)

The Hunchback





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In medieval Paris, a deformed foundling named Quasimodo grows up under the care and tutelage of Dom Claude Frollo, the archdeacon of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Quasimodo is humpbacked, lame, and blind in a drooping eye -- a human gargoyle who keeps to the shadows of the great church as its bellringer. But the tolling bells inflict upon him another handicap: deafness. On the Festival of Fools in the cathedral square, a crowd elects Quasimodo King of Fools, and a wag quips that the hunchback's attributes qualify him to become King of France. During the festival, a Gypsy woman of transcendent beauty, Esmeralda, dances for the crowd. Watching her sultry undulations from a cathedral niche, Frollo falls in lust with her. Quasimodo, too, is captivated by her, but in a childlike, innocent way. Though Frollo is a priest committed to celibacy, he decides he must possess Esmeralda, even at the expense of his immortal soul. But after realizing she is beyond his reach, he promotes her execution for a crime she did not commit. When the noose closes around her neck, Quasimodo swoops down on a rope from the façade of the church and rescues her, then ensconces her in the bell tower. The film concludes when mobs storm the church and Quasimodo defends it, believing the attackers will harm Esmeralda.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Fasano
On DVD: May 19, 1998
Adelson Baumgarten Productions


Mandy Patinkin
as Quasimodo
Richard Harris
as Dom Frollo
Salma Hayek
as Esmeralda
Edward Atterton
as Gringoire
Nigel Terry
as King Louis
Jim Dale
as Clopin
Trevor Baxter
as Chief Lawyer
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Father Michael
Matthew Sim
as Crippled Man
Gabi Fon
as Queen Anne
Levente Tamasi
as Cut Purse
Erika Sajgal
as Young Noble
Bella Tanai
as Noble Woman
Zoltan Ban
as Printer
Pal Turgonyi
as Printer
Scott Bellefeville
as Prison Guard
Sean Fuller
as Prison Guard
Richard Toth
as Prison Guard
Gabor Peter Vincze
as Man in Crowd
Gabor Csikos
as Man in Crowd No. 2
Istvan Hunyadkurti
as Man in Crowd No. 3
Olga Antal
as Woman in Crowd
Veronika Megyeri
as Woman in Crowd
Zoltan Palfi
as Soldier
Zsolt Kortvelessy
as Soldier No. 2
Zsolt Zágoni
as Gallows Guard
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