The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 9, 2010
- Originally Released: 1939
- Label: Turner Home Ent
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Behind-the-scenes documentary featuring an interview with Maureen O'Hara
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'Brien, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Harry Davenport, Walter Hampden, Alan Marshal, George Zucco, Katherine Alexander, Fritz Leiber & Rod La Rocque|
|Directed by||William Dieterle|
|Edited by||William Hamilton & Robert Wise|
|Screenwriting by||Sonya Levien & Bruno Frank|
|Composition by||Alfred Newman|
|Story by||Victor Hugo|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Director of Photography:||Joseph H. August|
Rating: A+ -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) is one of many film adaptations of the classic 1831 Victor Hugo 'beauty and the beast' novel about a deaf, hunch-backed, outcast bellringer Quasimodo (Charles Laughton) in the Notre Dame... Full Review
In its shocking way it's really very fine. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Laughton is excellent as the misshapen bellringer, cowering in the presence of that patron saint of today's Men's Rights Activists, the misogynistic hypocrite Frollo (Sir Cedric Hardwicke). Full Review
Rating: A- -- Charles Laughton gives a riveting, haunting perfromance in this atmospheric, Oscar-nominated version, previously shot in 1923 with Lon Chaney and in 1957 with Anthony Quinn. Full Review
Rating: A -- Laughton gives an unforgettable haunting performance. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Don't rent the Disney one by mistake.
Rating: 90/100 -- Director William Dieterle manages a difficult task well, creating a film of both great sweep and remarkable intimacy. Full Review
Starring Charles Laughton as the severely misshapen bellringer Quasimodo, William Dieterle's adaptation of the familar Victor Hugo classic is set in the bustling society of 15th-century Paris, as the forces of church and state strive to maintain their sway over a populace struggling for a better life. Jean Frollo (Cedric Hardwicke), chief justice of Paris, unites secular and religious authority in one foully hypocritical personage. Spying a spectacularly beautiful Gypsy woman named Esmeralda (Maureen O'Hara) in church, he sends his factotum, Quasimodo, to abduct her. Frollo's plan is foiled by Phoebus, captain of the guard (Alan Marshall), and the hunchback is sentenced to public flogging and exposure. Despite her earlier fear of Quasimodo, only Esmeralda is willing help the bound hunchback as he begs for water in the public square. The film features one of Laughton's best performances, a superb supporting cast, a vivd script, and extraordinary production values for a type of intelligent entertainment now rarely seen.
Charles Laughton stars as deformed bellringer Quasimodo in William Dieterle's adaptation of the oft-filmed Victor Hugo classic. Set in 15th-century Paris, as both church and state struggle to maintain their loosening grip on the populace, the story is driven by the beautiful Gypsy dancer Esmeralda. She attracts the attention of evil High Justice Frollo, who sends the hunchback to abduct her, but he's foiled by the captain of the guard, Phoebus. When Quasimodo is flogged sometime later, it is Esmeralda who risks exposure to bring him water, transforming the hunchback's spirit.
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- The film marked Edmond O'Brien's debut.
- The film marked actress Maureen O'Hara's first Hollywood film.
- The TCM Turner Classic Movies VHS release (Cat.#6377V) includes several special features:
*An exclusive interview with Maureen O'Hara
*A new documentary on the making of the film
*The original 1939 trailer and lobby card art
*A new introduction by Robert Osborne
- The TCM Turner Classic Movies CLV laserdisc release includes a short documentary and analog-track commentary by film historian Paul Mandell. It is the first laser release from Turner Classic Movies.