Jurassic Park

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: In the last scene, the helicopter is shown out at sea, yet the intercuts of the interior show a mountainous green background close by.

Correction: The exterior shot of the helicopter leads straight to the end credits of the film and fade to black; there are no intercuts to the interior. The previous shots of the interior show trees on the right side of the helicopter while Grant sees the birds flying over the ocean from the leftside windows, indicating that the helicopter is flying along the coast of the island. We cannot see the island in the exterior shot because the shot is from the perspective of the island (from the helicopter's right side).

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: During the T-rex attack scene, it comes through the now non-electrified fence to get to the Ford Explorers. However when the T-Rex is pushing the Explorer over the wall, there is now a 50+ foot dropoff it would have had to climb.

Correction: Submitted and listed. Its currently ranked as the second highest mistake for the movie.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene at the badlands, when Hammond's chopper has landed and Grant goes to the trailer and opens the door, the trailer looks to be around 8 feet (three meters) wide. But switch to an interior shot and it is suddenly more like 30 feet (ten meters) wide.

Correction: The width of the inside of the trailer is hardly the length of the brachiosaur's neck (30 ft).

JC Fernandez

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: 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.


Corrected entry: The Dilophosaurus spits on Nedry's chest and he slaps it with his hand. Why does his hand not get burned like his chest supposedly was? (01:10:40)

Rebecca Bennett

Correction: Watch the scene again. Nedry's chest was not burned. He reacts in disgust to being spit on the chest and body, not pain. The dilophosaurus saliva burns the eyes, not the skin, and Nedry is physically fine until he is hit in the face.

Corrected entry: In the helicopter when they are leaving the island, Timmy is sleeping on Dr. Grant. In the first shot we see that Grant's hand is underneath Timmy's head. The camera moves to Ellie and then back to Grant where we see that Grant's arm is around Timmy. He would not have been able to move it so quickly without waking Timmy up. (01:54:05)

Correction: At no point is Dr. Grant's hand under Timmy's head, he does not move his arm.

Oliver Hunter Premium member

Corrected entry: Near the end, as Ellie falls off the dinosaur's bones, she is all covered with dirt, but when she is in the helicopter, she is clean. (01:51:45 - 01:53:25)

Correction: Ellie's shirt is not clean: it is stained with dirt and blood in both scenes.

Oliver Hunter Premium member

Corrected entry: When Ellie starts pushing the buttons to turn the power for the fences on again, the glowing squares behind each button are red. After the last cut to Alan counting down for Tim's jump, we can see Ellie pushing the buttons, but the squares are striped. (01:38:40)

Correction: Look closely in the wide shot of all the switches - there are 12 in total. It's possible to see that the top nine have plain surrounds but the bottom three have hatched surrounds because they are the most important - "Velociraptor Pen Fence", "T-Rex Paddock Fence" and "Perimeter Fence".

Oliver Hunter Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Alan and Lex are between the overturned truck and the T-Rex, the T-Rex hits the truck and it spins. But if you look closely the trucks spins before the T-Rex touches it. (01:05:40)

Correction: The Explorer does not spin before the T-Rex hits it. The T-Rex uses the bridge of its nose initially then lifts its head so that the final push is with the end of its snout. Watch frame by frame and it's still spot on.

Oliver Hunter Premium member

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: In the scene where the lawyer is running to hide in the bathroom, you can see a rock sign near the bathroom. When Malcolm is running from the Tyrannosaur, the sign is gone. (01:00:55 - 01:04:40)

Correction: The rock is there in all the shots in "The Ultimate Collection" DVD box set version, but it is only visible briefly in Dr. Malcom's shot.

Oliver Hunter Premium member

Corrected entry: During the beginning when the gatekeeper falls when he lands on the ground you can see behind him the light on the lock is already red. In the next shot you see the locks lights going from green, to yellow, and to red again. (00:02:30)

Correction: It looks more like a red lens flare spot than the lights on the doorway. In slow motion the red spot can be seen in front of Jophery, which wouldn't be possible if it was the light on the door.

Oliver Hunter Premium member

Corrected entry: Right towards the end of the film just after Lex manages to reboot the security system the raptor breaks through the glass into the control room. Dr Grant shoots three times whilst he's on the phone to Hammond. There are threes holes in the glass but the subsequent shot of the gun shows it is a shot gun, not a rifle (the red shotgun cartridges can be seen) which would make many holes, not one for each shot. Even using the choke on the end of the barrel there would still be many holes and a single bore shotgun is basically a musket so there would have to be more than one hole for each shot of the gun.

Correction: He was using rifled slugs, not shot shells. A rifled slug is a single projectile that would only leave a single hole. The shell casing that is ejected when using rifled slugs is identical in appearance to the shell casings seen when buckshot or birdshot is used.


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)

Correction: That's called being fit.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Grant and Sadler see their first dinosaur, Grant is sitting on the ground looking down a slope with a small lake at the bottom. There are two Brachiosaurs (the huge ones with the long necks) wading ashore. Creatures that big should create a bow wave and wake like a battleship, but the water barely ripples.

Correction: Actually, the wake and waves created by large ships is because the are all one solid piece, displacing a huge amount of water as the move. The Brachiosaurus' in the lake are in the water only up to their legs, four much smaller objects (in relation to the whole dinosaur), moving at different times in the water. Smaller objects (dinosaur's legs) moving slowly equals smaller amount of waves/wake created, so this scene is accurate.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the characters have fallen from the hanging T-Rex fossil and are being surrounded by velociraptors, the camera views across the room showing nothing at all and then back to the velociraptors. Then it swings back and T-Rex just appears out of nowhere and saves the day by eating one of the velociraptors. How did it get in? We just saw there was nothing there, and they've already elaborated about how much noise a T-Rex makes when it's close, the water ripples, the shaking, and pure noise.

Correction: Previously submitted and corrected entry.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Tim, Lex, and Grant are watching the dinosaur, it spits on Lex. Later the spit disappears.

Correction: After the Brachiosaurus "sneezes" on Lex, we hear Tim say "Bless You" and the scene ends. We do not see Dr. Grant or the kids again until well into the next morning, plenty of time to have simply wiped it off, as she is still seen to be quite messy.


Corrected entry: During the scene with the T-Rex attacking the Explorer 04 the hood level fog lights are off. After the Rex flips the Explorer onto and over the edge the fog lights are on.

Correction: Already submitted, complete with timecode.

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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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