The Hunchback of Notre Dame

New this week Factual error: At the end of the song "God help the outcasts", Esmeralda bathes in the sunlight of the rose window. Seen from above, the projected light forms a circle on the church-floor. As the rose window is circular itself, and the church-floor is perpendicular to the church-wall, this is only possible when the sun is at exactly 45° above the horizon (the projection would be an ellipse otherwise). However, the Feast of Fools was held at the end of December or the beginning of January, and in this specific case on January 6 1482, according to the original manuscript of Victor Hugo. The highest point the sun reaches in Paris around that day is maximally 20°, even when taking care of the Gregorian Calendar Reform in 1582. Also, the rose window is not exactly southward, which means the sun will have even lower altitude when shining straight through it. Thus, there's no way the sunlight could form a circle on the church-floor around that day.

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New this week Suggested correction: Except that there is no claim or even indication by the movie that it takes place in January. It's an adaptation from the book, meaning changes don't actually qualify as mistakes. And unlike the mistake with the spire which is real and didn't exist until 1845, the events of the book are fictional.

Friso94

Factual error: During the song "A Guy Like You," one of the gargoyles trips the trapdoor on Quasimodo's miniature hangman's scaffold. Trapdoors weren't used on scaffolds until the 18th century.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Quasimodo is reciting his alphabet to Frollo, we see Frollo pick up his goblet for a drink when he says "D?"By "E?", he still has the goblet in his hand. After saying "F?" he raises the goblet and takes a drink. When the camera pans back to Quasimodo saying "Festival", the goblet is in clear sight even when we hear Frollo spit out his drink.

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Factual error: Towards the end of the song "Out There" Quasimodo climbs onto the large spire on the roof. That spire was added in the 19th century and thus didn't exist when the movie was set.

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Factual error: When Quasimodo and Esmerelda are on the roof of the cathedral, a piece of the roof breaks off and slides with them standing on it. The material creates sparks as it slides. The material would be either copper or (more likely) lead, neither of which can be made to spark.

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Factual error: The statues outside of Notre Dame Cathedral are shown as plain stone, as they appear in modern times, although in the story's period (the fifteenth century) they were polychromed.

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Continuity mistake: During the song "Hellfire," Frollo pulls out Esmeralda's ribbon and you see him holding it throughout the song. When the monks in the red cloaks appear, the ribbon is gone to appear again moments later. Then when the soldier walks into the room, the ribbon has disappeared for a second time, then when he leaves, it is in plain sight in Frollo's hand again.

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Brigirl95

Factual error: After Phoebus distracts the guards to stop them from chasing Esmeralda, we see the goat smoking a pipe to give the appearance of a beggar. Tobacco (and consequently, smoking pipe) wasn't introduced in Europe for at least another century, as it's a plant native to the Americas.

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Friso94

Continuity mistake: During the introduction to Phoebus and Esmeralda, the goat drops a bunch of coins, all through the scene there are no coins on the ground, the coins reappear for Phoebus to through them to Esmeralda (in her old man disguise).

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Factual error: In the shot which pans down the streets of Paris, a bakery with the word "Boulanger" appears. "Boulanger" literally translates as "to bake." In France, bakeries are called "boulangerie."

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Friso94

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