Jurassic Park

Corrected entry: If the Rex can only see things that move, how did she find the goat?

Correction: As presented in the second book "The Lost World" the theory that the T-rex cannot see you if you are not moving is bogus.

Foinlavin
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Corrected entry: When the insurance man runs into the bathroom, and is eaten by the T-Rex, why would they have bathrooms on an automated car tour where you're not supposed to open the doors anyway? Even if it were an emergency staff bathroom, it probably wouldn't have multiple stalls.

Correction: Remember, "probably" dosen't qualify as a movie mistake. It must have taken dozens of workers to construct the paddock; a double-stall toilet would be logical. Since they decided to make it a permanent toilet (instead of a porta-potty) it would make sense to leave it there for maintenance workers and park employees.

BocaDavie Premium member
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Correction: They also might have stops for visitors. A lot of visitors would want to stop and see the T-Rex.

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Plus, when you gotta go you gotta go.

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Corrected entry: A live bull is lowered in a sling to feed the raptors in the pen, but when the shredded sling is brought back up, there's no blood on it. How could they have shredded the sling without drawing blood on the bull? (00:32:40)

Correction: The sling is solid light blue with yellow stripes when it's lowered, and when it's raised the shredded blue material is quite stained, though it may not be gorily dripping in bright red blood, there are indeed dark stains (red stains on blue material change color) all over what's left of the blue material.

Super Grover Premium member
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Corrected entry: When they first arrive at the park, they see a brachiosaur feeding on the leaves of a tree. When the dino gets on its hind legs to get a hold of the top branch, it could've easily reached the top branch without taking the extreme energy to lift itself. This counteracts anything that would naturally happen but is used to make the impressive landing that it makes coming down.

zephalis

Correction: Unless you'd care to provide full and factual details of your studies into real-life brachiosaur feeding habits, this is based purely on an opinion, which are not considered valid grounds for a mistake.

Tailkinker Premium member
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While rearing up is at least PLAUSIBLE for most sauropods as the majority of their weight was carried on their hind legs. This is not the case for Brachiosaurs, their skeletal anatomy just doesn't support it. The greater length and robust build for the forelimbs indicates that their weight distribution was much further forward than in a sauropod like say Diplodocus. While it cannot be stated 100% that a Brachiosaurus could not rear up, it would be extremely difficult, and likely carry a high risk of injury for the animal. sources: Evolution and extinction of the dinosaurs Cambridge university press Biology of the sauropod dinosaurs: Understanding the life of giants Indiana Univerity press.

The book is about studies of real fossils. In JP there were genetically engineered monsters. There could have been differences compared to true dinosaurs.

Well since this movie came out before those books did all this information is irrelevant. It's all artistic license.

lionhead

Corrected entry: All of the strands of the high voltage electric fence Tim was hanging on were tied together. This means that all of the wires and Tim were at the same electrical potential. Tim wouldn't have gotten shocked. This phenomenon is referred to as "bird on the wire." Birds sit on live electrical wires all the time and do not get shocked because they are not touching the ground and therefore the electricity has no where to go. The only way for Tim to be shocked would be for him to be touching the fence and the ground simultaneously.

Correction: An electric fence designed to stop things jumping into and climbing it would have alternate rails electrified with opposite polarity, or AC current with the opposing phase, resulting in exactly this effect. So, while people often object that it doesn't act like a cattle fence, this is only because cows can't jump or climb, and cow-fences are typically a single rail.

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Corrected entry: In the initial scene where Ellie rushes from the emergency bunker to the underground power station, she must first open the door before slamming it closed behind her. Shortly thereafter (immediately after throwing the breakers and restoring power to the park) a velociraptor attacks her and she must flee to escape the bunker. If a raptor had pursued Sam Jackson into the same underground bunker, then why was the initial door that Ellie had to enter closed? Are we to believe that the raptor politely closed the door behind it before continuing its pursuit of Sam Jackson?

Correction: You assume only a single possible scenario. But we don't know that Dr. Arnold (Samuel Jackson) was pursued into the bunker by the raptor. The raptor may have already been down there to begin with when he came in. A careless park employee left the door open or the raptor opened the door itself are just two ways a raptor could have gotten in there. Even in your assumed scenario, the door could have shut any number of ways: Perhaps another of the raptors was with the first (they are pack hunters) and accidentally slammed the door shut and never figured out how to open it. Or perhaps a residual wind from the storm slammed it shut.

JC Fernandez
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Corrected entry: At the closing scene on the helicopter, it is very quiet. But helicopters in operation are very noisy.

cyberbanite

Correction: Artistic license. All the sound has been quieted for dramatic effect.

Phixius Premium member
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Corrected entry: The dilophosaurus is far too small; in reality they stood at about two metres tall.

Correction: Ax explained before, discrepancies between real-world dinosaurs and their JP counterpart can be due to genetic engineering (or faults therein), or that the current knowledge on dinosaurs is faulty. In addition, the dilophosaurs in the movie might not be fully grown, the environment or diet might have stunted their growth, or any other explanation.

Twotall
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Corrected entry: The brachiosaurus is shown to be chewing, but they didn't chew, they swallowed food whole. Also when Dr. Grant and the kids are in the tree, the brachiosaur's head is larger than it should be.

Correction: There are lots of discrepancies between the JP dinosaurs and modern paleontological studies of dinosaurs. Part of it can be attributed to genetic manipulation, and part of it is attributed to a possibly false understanding of dinosaurs (since it's entirely based on an ever-changing interpretation of the limited fossil record). For instance, according to the film, no one knew dilophosauruses were venomous until JP bred them. Since there are no actual living dinosaurs to dispute the movie's portrayal of their behavior and appearance, it's not a mistake, so long as it remains consistent within the fictional world the movie creates.

JC Fernandez
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Corrected entry: Early in the movie, in the scene where the goat is presented to try and attract the T-Rex, Lex claims to be a vegetarian. Yet later in the movie, Lex is eating jelly, which contains gelatin, an animal derived product, which is unsuitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Correction: It is possible to make jelly using pectin. This would make the jelly vegan.

Noman Premium member

Correction: Character mistake or decision - she either didn't know, or was hungry enough not to care.

Twotall
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Perhaps the jelly was made with a vegetarian gelling agent?

Corrected entry: They are somewhat undergunned with 12 gauge for deadly, strong and fast animals like T Rex and Raptors. Express rifles in African calibre would work better, or even the mighty powerful .460 Weatherby magnum. (01:32:40)

Correction: This is a great exploration of the idea that the park and its founders were greatly unprepared and unsuspecting of the dangers of the park. Ellie revisits this idea several times throughout the movie.

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Corrected entry: When the velociraptor entering the park attacks the "gatekeeper," the staff use tasers to get it to stop. These tasers probably operate at a high voltage and possibly more amps. In reality, the gatekeeper and Robert Muldoon would be dead since they would've received the same shock or lower. Humans can die at 200 milliamperes (0.2 amps), which is probably what would've happened to Robert and the worker, if the velociraptor didn't kill him.

Matdan97

Correction: Electricity takes the shortest route to ground. That would be through the raptor and not through the gatekeeper. Additionally, you are making assumptions about the stun batons they are using.

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Corrected entry: When meeting Muldoon, Dr. Grant calls Muldoon "Greg" instead of using the character's first name, which is Robert.

Correction: Actually he introduces himself and says "Alan Grant" but I agree it sounds a bit like he says Greg. Turn the volume up, you can hear it.

lionhead
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Corrected entry: In the scene where they are "rebooting" the computer system, Lex states "I know this, it's a UNIX system." The scene then cuts to a shot of the interface which is a 3D "flyover" interface. There are, at this time, no commercial UNIX systems that employ such an interface, so there was nothing on the screen to let her know what operating system that goofy interface (probably written by Nedry) was attached to.

Correction: The 3D browser shown in the movie is actually from a real UNIX interface called IRIX. It's referred to as the FSN (File System Navigator) and it actually looks just like that.

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Corrected entry: Nedry has supposedly worked on the island for years. It is very implausible that he would need a street sign to tell him which way to get from the control center to the East Dock.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: It was raining heavily and Nedry could barely see out the front window. In his desperate and panicking state, it's easy to think that he got lost down some road he had never been on. It's not like he spent all his time on Jurassic Park studying the roads.

Gavin Jackson
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Corrected entry: At the beginning when the insurance man says "I represent the investors, if they aren't satisfied, I'm not satisfied." He meant to say "I represent the investors, if I'm not satisfied, they aren't satisfied." He is the eyes and ears representing the investors, he has to be the one satisfied that their money is not being wasted.

bugmenot

Correction: First of all, he's not an insurance man, he's a lawyer. Second, it would help to quote the actual line: "In 48 hours if they're not convinced, I'm not convinced." Finally, the "they" he's referring to aren't the investors but the scientists that have been brought along to confirm the stability of the park. Makes a difference, no?

JC Fernandez
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Corrected entry: In the scene when the characters are having dinner, just after the first waiter delivers the food to the table, you can see the second waiter in the top left corner waiting for his cue to deliver the food to the table. You see him waiting a few seconds for the other waiter to return and then he comes into shot completely, with the plate. (00:33:00)

dancutd

Correction: Waiting for his cue is an assumption; he could have just been waiting for the first waiter to deliver his food, then get out of the way.

BocaDavie Premium member
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Corrected entry: When the crew is preparing to enter the tour trucks, John points out the trucks are powered by the track running below it. When he directs Dr. Sattler and Dr. Grant to enter the vehicle, the entire bottom of the rear truck is visible and no connection to the track is present.

Correction: Wrong... Hammond says the trucks run on electricity and they travel along the track in the ground. He never says the trucks get their power from the track; they're powered by internal batteries. A sensor inside the truck uses the track in the ground as a guide to keep the vehicle on course.

BocaDavie Premium member
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Corrected entry: Doctor Malcolm never gets out of the helicopter when it first lands on the island.

Jack Kaltenbach

Correction: We see Malcolm throughout the rest of the movie, so clearly he got off the helicopter. Lots of things happen offscreen, including the characters getting *in* the helicopter in the first place.

JC Fernandez
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Corrected entry: In the beginning, the subtitles say "Isla Nublar. 120 miles off the coast of Costa Rica." However, the correct spelling of the island is Isla Nubar.

Jack Kaltenbach

Correction: Nope, it's the (fictional) island Isla Nublar, both in the book and film. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isla_Nublar.

Twotall
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Continuity mistake: After the T. Rex rolls Explorer 4 upside-down with Lex and Tim inside, in the closeup when the dinosaur bites on the rubber tire we see the hub hole at the center of the wheel rim, but two shots later the wheel cover is back on the wheel.

Super Grover Premium member
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Question: Where do the staff and crew of Jurassic Park go after the dinosaurs escape? I mean you see a staff member tending to the triceratops, there were many scientists in the dinosaur lab, and would assume that there would be many more people on the island but they are nowhere to be seen after the dinosaurs escape.

mitch_ando9

Chosen answer: They all left on the same boat Nedry was trying to get on with the embryos. You can hear Samuel L Jackson's character announce that the boat will be leaving at a specific time and everyone had to be there or be left behind.

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