Certainly different from other versions of Victor Hugo's often-filmed novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame
, THE HUNCHBACK emphasizes humanism over horror. A strong cast is showcased in an adaptation that would have been better with a bit more breathing room. The film was made for the TNT
France, 1505. Both archdeacon Dom Frollo (Richard Harris) and the deformed bellringer Quasimodo (Mandy Patinkin) watch from the great cathedral of Notre Dame as the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda (Salma Hayek) dances at a street fair. But while the hunchback is moved by her beauty, the pious
Frollo is so disturbed by his attraction that he flagellates himself...