Jurassic Park

Amblin Entertainment Released 1993




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Steven Spielberg

The story takes place in an experimental amusement park created by a wealthy philanthropist named John Hammond. The amusement park is located on a secluded island off the coast of Costa Rica and hasn't opened to the public yet. First, it must be evaluated by two experts and approved as being safe for visitors, because the main attraction of the island is its collection of real-life dinosaurs created from long-preserved DNA samples of their prehistoric relatives. Three experts, played by Neill, Dern, and Goldblum, travel to the island to examine the bizarre vacation spot. However, once they arrive, things begin going horribly wrong. Jurassic Park was a monumental success both critically and commercially, and remains one of the highest grossing films of all time.

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie delivers all too well on its promise to show us dinosaurs. We see them early and often, and they are indeed a triumph of special effects artistry, but the movie is lackin...

  • 70


    Spielberg's scary and horrific thriller may be one-dimensional and even clunky in story and characterization, but definitely delivers where it counts, in excitement, suspense and t...

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    It becomes less crisp on screen than it was on the page, with much of the enjoyable jargon either mumbled confusingly or otherwise thrown away. [11 June 1993, p.C1]

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Kid: (kid sees video of a Raptor fossil) That doesn't look very scary. More like a 6-foot turkey.
      Alan: A turkey, huh?
      Ellie: Oh no.
      Alan: Okay. Try to imagine yourself in the cretaceous period.
      Ellie: Here we go.
      Alan: You'd get your first look at this 6-foot turkey as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly bobbing his head. Anyway, you keep still because you think maybe his visual acuity is based on movement, like T-Rex and he'll lose you if you don't move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him and he just stares right back. And that's when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side. From the other two raptors you didn't even know were there. Because Velociraptor is a pack hunter. He uses coordinated attack patterns. And he is out in force today. (produces 6-inch raptor claw) And he slashes at you with this... (kid's eyes widen intensely) a 6-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the middle toe. He doesn't bother to bite your jugular, like a lion, no. He slashes at you here, [chest] or here. [groin]
      Ellie: Oh, Alan.
      Alan: Or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is, you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know, try to show a little respect.

    • Alan: How fast are they?
      John: Well, we clocked a T-Rex at 32mph.
      Ellie: T--T-Rex? You said you've got a T-Rex?
      Alan: Say again.
      John: We have a T-Rex.

    • Tour Voice: One of the earliest carnivores, we now know Dilophosaurus is actually poisonous, spitting its venom at its prey, causing blindness and eventually paralysis, allowing the carnivore to eat at its leisure.

    • Donald: And we can charge anything we want. $2,000 a day, $10,000 a day, and people will pay it. And then there's the merchandise...
      John: Donald. This park was not built to cater only for the super rich. Everyone in the world has the right to enjoy these animals.
      Donald: Sure. They will. We'll have a coupon day or something. [laughter]
      Malcolm: Gee, the lack of humility before nature that's being displayed here staggers me.

    • Malcolm: Genetic power's the most awesome force the planet's ever seen but you wield it like a kid that's found his father's gun.
      Donald: It's hardly appropriate to start hurling...
      Malcolm: If I may. I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here. It didn't require discipline to acquire it. You read what others had done, and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves so you don't take any responsibility for it

    • Malcolm: You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could. And before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunch box, and now you're selling it. You're selling it. [slams fist on table]

    • Malcolm: John, the kind of control you're attempting is not possible. Listen, if there's one thing the history of evolution has taught us, is that life will not be contained. Life breaks free. It expands to new territories and it crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously. But... well, there it is.
      Dr. Wu: You're implying that a group composed of entirely female animals will breed?
      Malcolm: No, I'm, I'm simply saying that life, er, finds a way.

    • Malcolm: Dinosaurs had their shot and nature selected them for extinction.

    • Alan: (regarding raptors) Do they show intelligence? As their brain cavity--
      Muldoon: They show extreme intelligence. Even problem-solving intelligence. Especially the big one. We bred eight originally, but when she came in she took over the pride and killed all but two of the others. That one, when she looks at you, you can see she's working things out.

    • Alan: (regarding raptors) What kind of metabolism do they have, what's their growth rate?
      Muldoon: They're lethal at eight months, and I do mean lethal. I've hunted most things that hunt you, but the way these things move.
      Alan: Fast for a biped?
      Muldoon: Cheetah speed. Fifty, sixty miles per hour if they ever got out in the open. And they're astonishing jumpers.

    • Alan: You're married?
      Malcolm: Occasionally. Yeah, I'm always on the lookout for a future ex-Mrs. Malcolm.

    • Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.
      Ellie: Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $63,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $357,067,947 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $969,851,882 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $749,172,033 (includes 3D re-release totals)
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,884,921,472 (includes 3D re-release totals)

    • Filming locations:
      Blue Hole, Kaua'i, Hawaii
      Chavon River, Dominican Republic
      Costa Rica
      Griffith Park Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
      Kualoa Ranch, Ka`a`awa, O'ahu, Hawaii
      Lawai, Kaua'i, Hawaii,
      Manawaiopuna Falls, Hanapepe Valley, Kaua'i, Hawaii
      Olokele Valley, Kaua'i, Hawaii
      Red Rock Canyon State Park, Cantil, California
      San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
      Tehachapi Pass, Mojave Desert, California

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Visual Effects
      2. Sound
      3. Sound Editing

      BAFTA Wins:
      1. Special Effects

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Sound

      Grammy Nominations:
      1. Instrumental Score

    • Taglines:
      1. Life finds a way.
      2. An adventure 65 million years in the making.
      3. The most phenomenal discovery of our time... becomes the greatest adventure of all time.
      4. Remember. Return. Relive in 3D. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the adventure 65 million years in the making.

    • Music:
      Que Milagro Chaparrita
      Written by Dolores Ayala Olivares
      Performed by The Madacy Mariachi Band

    • The first film to use DTS (now Datasat) digital surround sound.


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man vs. nature, facing danger, dinosaur attack, bloody and violent, epic adventure