Cast & Crew
Quasimodo has been cursed by Cuban criminal Trouillefou at his baptism and has grown up exceptionally ugly. His parents banish him to the belltower and adopt a beautiful girl instead. Fifteen years later, the city of El Paris is being terrorized by a serial killer who attacks women, and the cop on the case suspects Quasimodo. Only Agnes, his adopted sister, will stand up for him, while discovering her own murky past to boot.
Hugo's novel was first adapted in France in 1906. Subsequent threatrical versions include "The Darling of Paris" (USA/1917), directed by J. Gordon Edwards and starring Theda Bara, and versions directed by Wallace Worsely (USA/1923) starring Lon Chaney; William Dieterle (USA/1939) starring Charles Laughton; and Jean Dellanoy (France/1957) starring Anthony Quinn.
Feature directorial debut for French comedian Patrick Timsit.
Began shooting June 22, 1998.
Completed shooting September 18, 1998.
Television adaptations include a British miniseries (UK/1966); a BBC production for NBC (UK/1977) directed by Alan Cooke and starring Warren Clark; and a Hallmark production for CBS (USA/1982) directed by Michael Tuchner and starring Anthony Hopkins.