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.


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

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

Plus, when you gotta go you gotta go.

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

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.


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


Perhaps the jelly was made with a vegetarian gelling agent?

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

Noman Premium member

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.

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.


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.

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.


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

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.


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.


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

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.


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

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


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

Phixius Premium member

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)


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

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

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

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.


Corrected entry: If you listen carefully, you can hear some common Costa Rican birds, including a keel-billed toucan and a three-wattled bellbird. Since it was filmed in Hawaii, they must have taken the time to add a soundtrack of Costa Rican birds. Unfortunately, these birds would not likely be found on an island that far off the coast. The bellbird in particular occurs only at mid-elevations in the Costa Rican mountains. These birds are not on Cocos Island, 340 miles off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Cocos is considered the inspiration for the fictitious island in the movie. Since Cocos is uninhabited, and visits are strictly restricted, a soundtrack from there would have been extremely difficult to get. The fact that they went so far as to add a Costa Rican soundtrack is pretty impressive.

Correction: "Not likely" doesn't preclude the possibility that it occured naturally. In any case, Hammond may have shipped birds to the island.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the end scene where they are loading Ian onto the chopper, he is bleeding and his pant leg is cut. But when they show him again, the bleeding has stopped in a matter of minutes, and his pants have magically grown a new leg. (01:53:30)

Correction: Dr. Malcolm is not still bleeding (he would have bled to death by this point) but rather has blood-stained make-shift bandages tied around his leg. He is only shown briefly in a partial shot inside the helicopter and he has a blanket over him - his trousers have not "grown a new leg".

Oliver Hunter Premium member

Corrected entry: Dr Sattler is hardly out of breath after she is told to run towards the shed by the game warden. (01:34:55 - 01:35:25)

Corrected entry: At the end the T-Rex comes in and saves the day by killing the raptors. Where did he come from? He's huge and no way he could have fit through any of the doors. Second, how come nobody heard him coming? He can be heard many other times during the movie before he shows up. Finally, how come nobody saw him? He's huge and can be seen from a distance.

Correction: They were all a little distracted by the raptors at the time she showed up; not likely to notice subtle ground tremors or see anything other than the horse-sized carnivores bearing down on them. As for getting in, perhaps there is a large maintenance door somewhere in the building that she was able to get in through. Or maybe she just broke through the rather grand main entrance made up mostly of glass window panes.

Phixius Premium member

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Continuity mistake: When Tim and Lex first arrive, Lex is wearing a purple tank top with a colorful design, and in the following scenes or even between consecutive shots her tank top changes to completely different designs, though it's the same style of tank top.

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.


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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