Les Miserables

New this week Continuity mistake: The weather changes during the "Do You Hear the People Sing?" number. Wide shots show that it's bright and sunny but the close ups of Gavroche show that it's raining.

New this week Deliberate mistake: In "Do You Hear the People Sing?", Grantaire can be seen hijacking the funeral carriage but when the insurrection starts, he is seen at the tavern when some girl and Marius acts like he wasn't just there. George Blagden who portrayed Grantaire didn't want to be left out of that great set-piece so he was allowed to participate and the director must have thought no-one would notice him.

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of "Stars" the camera is behind Javert while he faces out towards the city. On the right, you can see clouds being illuminated by an absent moon that is off screen but behind said clouds yet the moon reflects off of the left side of his face.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene near the end, Jean Valjean is telling Marius that he is leaving and who he is. A large armoire appears behind Marius and then disappears in the next shot. (02:15:20)

Factual error: In the scene at the inn when the man's artificial leg is pulled off, the leg's socket is a modern ischial weight bearing socket, which wasn't invented until the 1950s.

Continuity mistake: Toward the end, Thénardier is being dragged down the stairs after Marius took back the gold ring Thénardier stole off his unconscious body previously. The gold ring appears and disappears several times as Thénardier is being pulled out of the room, down the stairs, and out the door. At the end, Marius shows the gold ring to Jean Valjean as he is dying, which was last seen on Thénardier's finger as he was being pulled out the door.

Revealing mistake: During the singing at the inn, when Sacha Baron Cohen raises the bottle, stage lighting screens are reflected on the glass.

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Continuity mistake: When Gavroche is shot dead, his eyes are open. By the time Jean Valjean picks him up, his eyes are closed. And then at last when Javert comes to put the medal on Gavroche, Gavroche's eyes are open again. (02:00:27)


Visible crew/equipment: When Marius and Cosette are singing in the shot where Marius is brought home and just before the wedding scene you can see an earpiece in Cosette's ear.

Factual error: In the scene where Javert commits suicide, you can see the back side of Notre Dame in the background. However the river Seine does not flow in the direction as shown in the following scenes. The river Seine flows from the east to the west in Paris, not the other way round.

Factual error: In the opening sequence, the convicts are located in a dry dock pulling on ropes supposedly connected to a listing ship in the distance. The convicts are standing in 2 to 3 feet of water which would indicate that the dock is "dry" and that the dock gates are closed. The ship will be unable to enter the dock under those circumstances. If the gates were open enough to allow the ship entry there would be 20 to 30 feet of water in the dock and the convicts would need to be up on the top of the dock to achieve their objective.


Continuity mistake: In the scene early in the film, where Valjean is singing in the church (after the police brought him back to the minister for stealing the silver), he has a wound on the right hand side of his head (from being hit by the policeman's stick/truncheon). Depending on the camera angle, the size of the wound and its appearance alters- sometimes it is quite small and flat, other times raised. Also sometimes there is a trickle of blood from it and other times not.

Continuity mistake: While Valjean is trying to leave the inn with Cosette, he takes off his hat while kneeling down to tell her Fantine died. When the shot pans back to him, the hat is on his head again.


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Eponine (Samantha Barks) sings "On My Own", towards the end of the song, her hands come into shot, they are immaculate and manicured. Immediately after the song, she goes into a building to retrieve Cosette's letter to Marius, whilst holding the letter her hands are filthy with dirt under the nails.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Fantine is convinced to be a prostitute she is wearing a shawl. When she leads the captain towards the ship and the camera is behind her, her shawl has disappeared. In the next shot when we see them from the front again, her shawl has reappeared. (00:27:05)

Visible crew/equipment: When Éponine sings "On my own" towards the end, when she whispers "I love him" you can see the shadow of the cameraman on her left cheek as he leans closer, and then disappear as the camera apparently zooms out and the cameraman backs away.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Valjean is captured and brought back with the silver, the officials that apprehend him take off their hats. However, a few shots later, when the Monsignor collects the silver back, the official who addressed him has his hat on.

Factual error: When Javert is singing "stars" he is walking a rooftop that appears to be another church across from Notre Dame. The church of Sainte Chapelle is in that direction, but looks nothing like what is depicted in the movie. Later when Javert has his solo on the bridge behind Notre Dame, the building he was standing on earlier should be visible from that angle, but was not included in the background.

Revealing mistake: During the song "Suddenly" you can see Hugh Jackman's contact lenses when the camera focuses on him.

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Continuity mistake: Eponine is holding Cosette's letter to Marius at the start of "One Day More." The letter is crumpled and wet in close up but it's brand new and dry in the wide shot.

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