Moulin Rouge

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the movie when the cast is singing the finale song and the Argentinian comes out he walks down the stairs twice.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the Duke and Zidler are negotiating their contract, the background decorations change a few times. The DVD commentary mentions that the scene was shot in both Madrid and Sydney and to look for hair changes, but the statue behind the Duke's shoulder is noticably different depending on the shot. One good tip is to watch for the different camera angles showing that the cameras were not in the same place.

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Continuity mistake: From the beginning of the Red Room scene, until the end of "The Pitch," Christian's tie changes in a variety of ways he obviously didn't have time or opportunity to fix, considering all that hiding from the Duke. Christian's tie starts out straight, is removed by Satine during the "big boy" tumble, but later shows up again, perfectly tied during the "Your Song" dance on the roof. It disappears again after the dance on the roof ends, but mysteriously shows back up during different scenes in "The Pitch," untied, and flapping around his neck. No times listed, because its a running occurrence, on the DVD, watch closely from scenes 8-12.

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Continuity mistake: Zidler starts to sing "The show must go on" and walks between two workmen. One of them pulls a rope to lift himself up. He rises above his mate's head, but in the next shot he is at waist level lifting himself up.

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Continuity mistake: When Christian asks Satine about the 'will the lovers meet at the citar player's humble abode scene' the Duke's and Christian's heads are very close together in one shot, but about a foot apart in the next.

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Continuity mistake: In the Can-Can dance scene, there is a brief shot of Nini Legs-In-The-Air sitting down and spreading her legs as wide apart as they will go. She is dressed entirely in black. The shot changes immediately to the Can-Can dancers all lined up, with Nini standing in the middle wearing a yellow dress. She continues to wear this outfit for the rest of the scene.

Continuity mistake: When the Duke's being healed of Chocolat's punch, in the close shots there's bits of hair loose to his right eyebrow (left side of the screen). In the long shots it disappears.

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Continuity mistake: After Satine says, "It's lady's choice.", the Argentinian exhales a puff of smoke. A split second later, the angle changes and he is in a totally different position.

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Continuity mistake: During the performance of "Spectacular Spectacular", when Satine first comes up from beneath the stage, her left leg is posed outside her skirt. In the next far shot, her leg is inside the skirt and not visible. It then returns to outside the skirt.

Continuity mistake: When they are singing, "And they call them the diamond dogs." the black guy's hat is on, then off, and changed each time you see him in those few moments.

Continuity mistake: The first time Satine faints, she is given something to sniff and wake up. The amount of sweat on her forehead and eyes changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Satine is rehearsing the end of the show in front of the Duke, Chocolat descends on a rope, but on later shots his position keeps changing from totally up to totally down.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, when Christian has come up with the lyrics "the hills are alive," watch the tango singer's hair changing all the time from long and messy to short and brushed.

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Continuity mistake: When Satine is singing "One day I'll fly away", Christian climbs up the elephant and encounters her. He leans on a column with a red ball. The ball keeps moving between shots, even though Christian keeps still in the same position, watching Satine. Sometimes the ball is down, sometimes up, sometimes close to him.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene where Satine and Zidler are together on the stand singing 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend', Satine takes off her right glove and shakes it in her right hand. In the next shot, it is her left glove and she has her right glove back on. (00:16:30)

Continuity mistake: When Satine and Christian first kiss in the Elephant you can see Satine's hair is down on the side of her face. Then it is tucked back behind her ear a second later.

Continuity mistake: In the final scene, when they are performing the play before the audience, watch as Satine makes her initial appearance and rises up out of the floor. In some shots, you can see her leg sticking out through the slit in her dress, in other shots, her leg is still inside her dress.

Continuity mistake: When Harry Zidler tells everyone at the Moulin to Hunkadoola away, he changes the sign below him to "Hunkadoola". However when the camera shot changes to wide the sign reads "Moulin Rouge" instead.

Continuity mistake: When Christian knocks over the candle in the Red Room, the flame goes out and there is another shot of it out. Then suddenly there is a shot of the candle knocked over but still burning on the table and it's reflected in some of the silverware. Then the next shot of the table, the candle is suddenly out again.

Continuity mistake: During the end of One Day I'll Fly Away, Satine intended to sit on top of the elephant room. When she was still standing, part of her hair was in front of her left shoulder. However when she sat and sang "Fly, fly, away" (the next shot) none of her hair was in front of the shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: The scar on the Duke's bodyguard's face switches from one cheek to the other throughout the movie, due to flipped shots. (00:17:30)

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Christian and Satine: Come what may, I will love you until my dying day.

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Trivia: OK, not a mistake, but just to stop all the easily-excited teenage boys submitting it... In the scene where Christian is reciting poetry to Satine and she is rolling on the floor, for a brief moment, you can see Nicole Kidman's nipple.

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Question: Why does Satine decide not to run away with Christian, just because she finds out that she's dying? Why couldn't they have run away anyway, and escaped from the Duke entirely?

Answer: If Satine runs, the Duke takes control of the Moulin Rouge and shuts the place down, putting everyone she works with onto the streets. If she stays with the Duke, she'll still die, but the Duke won't have any real reason to shut things down. She could run away with Christian and have a few days of freedom and love with him, but she'd be condemning everyone at the Moulin Rouge to destitution, plus the Duke would probably have Christian hunted down and killed. By staying for her final few days, she saves everyone that she loves, at the price of her own happiness (and that of Christian, but at least she'll save his life).

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