The Phantom of the Opera

Audio problem: Right after Joseph Buquet is killed, Raoul runs and finds Christine. When she says, "Raoul, we're not safe here", her lips do not move; her mouth is merely agape. (01:05:35)

Audio problem: During the end of "Prima Donna" when everyone sings "Light up the stage." you can see some actors and actresses singing the word "light" but you don't actually hear it until a few seconds later.

Audio problem: When Christine and Raoul leave the lair, singing to each other, she turns her head back toward the Phantom as we hear her singing 'each night, each morning,' but we can see she isn't saying anything: her mouth and lips aren't moving. It can't be that the Phantom is remembering the rooftop scene, because you hear the voices echoing in the cave, resonating differently as they move away. This is confirmed by the screenplay (p. 140 of "The Phantom of the Opera Companion"), which states that the Phantom hears them singing in the distance. (02:09:40)


Audio problem: Several times during "Masquerade", starting with the very first shot of the chorus singing, the audio does not at all match their lip synchs. (01:18:10)

Audio problem: During Christine's lines in her first scene of the film, her lips don't match what she's saying. Her lines must be added during post-production.

Audio problem: When the Phantom takes Christine down to his lair the second time, in the shot where the camera is behind his neck and facing Christine, you can see that the movements of his jaw are out of synch with the words he's supposed to be singing.

Audio problem: In the opening song of Don Juan, Carlotta obviously cuts early, although her voice is still heard hitting the high (and obnoxious) note. (01:47:20)

Audio problem: Right after Firmin says "It would appear they've met before." Andre replies "Yes." However, his mouth and the words don't match up. (00:26:25)

Audio problem: In Prima Donna, when Carlotta is on the bed that Andre and Firmin are carrying her on, the words "Prima Donna once more" are sung but Minnie Driver, Carlotta, "sings" the words after the actual words are sung.

Revealing mistake: As the grating descends on Raoul, in two shots, large bubbles are flowing downwards. It's obvious, the film was reversed. (01:59:15)

More mistakes in The Phantom of the Opera
More quotes from The Phantom of the Opera

Trivia: Christine's attire during her performance of 'Think of Me' for Hannibal is copied from the most famous painting of Emperess Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sissi.


More trivia for The Phantom of the Opera

Question: Who is the old man in the wheelchair who puts the music box with the monkey on Christine's grave at the end?I thought it might be Raoul but the box belonged to the phantom and he hated the phantom.

Answer: It is Raoul. He gets the music box because Christine obviously loved it, shown by the fact that she had obviously described and remembered it in such great detail many years after last seeing it. He buys it for her as a gift of love, even though she has died.

mandy gasson

Answer: It's also a symbol that Raoul recognized Christine still loved the phantom. Possibly more than him. The love triangle is complete as neither man truly had her. Raoul spent his life with her but she loved the phantom. The phantom missed out on spending life with her but got her love.

Answer: It's Raoul. When the auctioneer sells him the music box, he addresses him by his title, The Vicomte de Chagny.

More questions & answers from The Phantom of the Opera

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.