The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: October 28, 1997
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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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).

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Laughton gives an unforgettable haunting performance.

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Dan Jardine

Director William Dieterle manages a difficult task well, creating a film of both great sweep and remarkable intimacy.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gorgeous, brilliant, nearly flawless. Easily the best version

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Scott Weinberg

Don't rent the Disney one by mistake.

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Jim Hunter
Victor Hugo's classic tale of a fated love between a hunchback and a gypsy girl. Hugo's eye for characterization, complex interconnected plots,… More
Randy Tippy
To my knowledge, there have been at least six film incarnations of Victor Hugo's <i>THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME</i>, including Lon… More
Mark Hobin
Medieval drama about a gypsy girl who comes to Paris and the physically disfigured bell ringer she befriends. The narrative's success derives from how it… More
Devon Bott
Where Lon Chaney's Quasimodo was dark and often bitter or vicious, Laughton's version is almost wholly good. Maybe it's the difference in… More
jay nixon
Laughton is great and the picture is a high quality production the only negative is the complete absence of anything but American accents which can be… More
Antonius Block
There is a darkness to Victor Hugo's novel, and while there were quite a few changes in this film version, it captures a good part of it, and is very well… More

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