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The Hunchback of Notre Dame [VHS] [1982]

Anthony Hopkins , Derek Jacobi , Michael Tuchner    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, Lesley-Anne Down, John Gielgud, David Suchet
  • Directors: Michael Tuchner
  • Writers: John Gay, Victor Hugo
  • Producers: Malcolm J. Christopher, Norman Rosemont
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: RCA / Columbia Pictures
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008T76O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,422 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star studded colour version of a classic tale 25 Aug 2007
At last this TV movie is available on disc. I hadn't seen it since its screening in the early eighties and was pleased to find that it has held up really well, despite some rather dated CSO effects (a very minor criticism which does not detract from the enjoyable entertainment value). With stars such as Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Robert Powell, David Suchet, the gorgeous Lesley Anne Down as Esmerelda and Anthony Hopkins fabulous in the title role, the quality is superb. With an unusually generous budget for a TV movie of its time, no expense has been spared on the impressive backdrops, sets, crowd scenes etc. Fantastic value at this price.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The bells! The bells! 9 Aug 2009
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It was some years ago that I originally saw this film but such was Anthony Hopkins performance [as is his wont] it remained with me. Feeling nostalgic, I invested in this film on DVD and was not disappointed. Anthony Hopkins' performance as Quasimodo, The Hunchback is Powerful, rivetting and at one and the same time, heart-rending.

As for the film itself, it is a simple and tragic tale of unrequited love. I do not mean simple in a derogatory sense, more that the storyline is uncomplicated and completely inoffensive. The excellent performances by Anthony Hopkins, Lesley-Anne Down, a simply beautiful Esmeralda and Derek Jacobi are sustained throughout. No doubt, some of the effects would have been created by CGI,if available, in its day but do not feel the film is lacking in the absence of any such creations.

This is a touching, moving and ultimately a sadly, tragic account of unrequited love. As Quasimodo, Anthony Hopkins displays characteristics of courage, loyalty, devotion, strength and remarkable gentleness.

In today's climate of explicitness, gratuitous violence and obscene language this film is a pleasant, gentle and refreshing change. I do not believe anyone could watch this film and not be genuinely moved by the emotions that are stirred. Any film devotee watching 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' should not be disappointed.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame [DVD] [1982]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great. 8 Sep 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I am a BIG Hunchback fan and i must say that this movie is the best version yet! I was impressed with Anthony Hopkins portrayal of the deaf hunchback and even more impressed with Derek Jacobi's portrayal of a sympathetic villan. Though, Leslie Anne Down wasn't my choice for the role of Esmerelda, she did well in the part. The only thing that i didn't like about the film was its semi-happy ending. The actual ending to the book was far sadder than this verson. Compared to other movie versions, though this was the best, in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay rather than impressive 19 Jun 2014
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
One of a slew of adaptations of literary classics producer Norman Rosemont made for TV in the US and theatrical release in Europe, 1982’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame never made it to the big screen despite an impressive recreation of Medieval Paris courtesy of John Stoll’s production design and the casting of Anthony Hopkins in the title role. Not that he’s in the film much, John Gay’s screenplay instead focussing on a more sympathetic reading of Dom Claude Frollo (Derek Jacobi) than normal, following his path from genuinely good man to murderer as he finds himself possessed by his lust for the gypsy Esmeralda (Lesley Anne Down). Indeed, it’s only in the last half-hour that Hopkins gets much to work with. Still in the stage of his career when he played down rather than chewed the scenery, he’s quietly affecting in his scenes with Down, but he’s let down by the staging of many of his big moments - the rescue of Esmeralda is particularly underwhelming.

What’s lacking is passion and panache, but Hugo’s story is so indestructible it’s seemingly impossible to make a bad version even if this one settles more for okay than genuinely impressive. As usual the ending is softened so that at least some of the characters get a happy ever after, though for once Phoebus is shown as the callous user and abuser he is in the book while David Suchet is a pleasingly unsentimental king of thieves without a selfless bone in his body. Nigel Hawthorne turns up briefly as a prejudiced judge and there’s a nice cameo from John Gielgud moving outside his 80s comfort zone to play a torturer who does a poor job of hiding his enthusiasm for his trade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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just what i wanted thanks its just the ticket
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great and heartbreaking performance 29 Jun 2014
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The classic story is an interesting plot about lust, greed and humanity. However, the director could have presented the plot with more drama, hidden messages, and clearer attentions. It was a bit na´ve and obvious. The presentation of The Hunchback was very authentic. Great and heartbreaking performance.
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