Jurassic Park

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

Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie they are all entering the gas-powered jeeps to head to the helicopter. When the door opens there is mud splattered all over the logo of Jurassic Park. It says urass park. "Your ass park"?

Correction: Unless there is some sort of evidence to back up this was somewhat deliberate by the crew or makers, this is basically an average observation at best.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: According to the subtitles at the beginning of the movie, the island is 120 miles WEST of Costa Rica. However, at the end of the movie, they are flying into the sunset...in the evening. If they had enough fuel, they'd be heading to Hawaii. (01:55:05)

Correction: God only knows how many REAL islands there are between Jurassic Park and Hawaii, nevermind the fictional islands they could have been headed to (or maybe even a ship). Since we don't know where they're headed, we can't call this a mistake.

K.C. Sierra

Maybe they're headed for an emergency-mobilized boat with a helicopter landing pad (owned or not by Mr Hammond?).


Corrected entry: You can see Ellie in the front seat in the scene when Grant closes the door on Tim. After Lex says, "She said I should drive with you, because it'll be good for you," Ellie is in the other car in the front seat. You know this because Grant is watching the other car, and not Tim's car (where Ellie supposed to be).

Correction: The only one in the front seat is Gennaro. Ellie stays in the same car the whole time.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the Brachiosaurus is standing on its back legs and comes down again you can see the earth shaking. During that little quake, the 3 characters are standing perfectly in balance. Better yet, the woman even turns around to face the other. They should be falling or at least terribly lose balance. (00:21:25)

Correction: Not necessarily. The characters see the Brachiosaurus stand up and were prepared for it come back down. Although a Brachiosaurus was said to have weighted about 70 tonnes, at worst the Brachiosaurus put about half its weight onto its front legs when it came down. Hardly a major earth shaking event.


Corrected entry: In the tree scene with the car, the car's left head light changes off and on between shots.

Correction: The car is nearly totalled and busted up. As the shot changed the light could have flickered out.


Corrected entry: In the scene with the raptor in the kitchen, the raptor breathes on the window and fogs it. But reptiles are cold-blooded, which means their insides, and consequently their breath is the same as the ambient temperature. The glass would not fog.

Correction: Firstly, Modern-day reptiles are cold blooded, and it is believed that that dinosaurs are more closely related to birds then reptiles. It was only the first discoveries of dinosaur bones and calling them 'lizards' that the idea of cold blooded reptiles stuck. Secondly, just becuase a reptile is cold blooded, it does not mean that the body will not heat the inhaled air slightly. The body needs a temperature rise to carry out vital chemical processes. Thirdly, we do not know how much moisture was in the Raptor's breath. It had recently been outside in VERY humid conditions and was probably very warm. It has then entered an air-conditioned building and breathed on cold glass. The humidity and body temp would not have altered instantly, it would take several minutes, maybe over an hour.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: In the scene where Dr. Grant and the two kids climb the electrified perimeter fence, just before Dr. Sattler reactivates the power, Dr. Grant can be seen from underneath while climbing. After walking for two days in lots of mud and rain, his shoes are still pretty clean.

Christoph Galuschka Premium member

Correction: There had been plenty of rain. You will also have noticed that they've probably been walking in the grassy fields all morning (before climbing the fence). Walking on wet grass is very effective in cleaning the underside of shoes.


Corrected entry: In one of the laboratory scenes there is a Zeiss compound microscope sitting on the work bench. It has a binocular head on backwards and it can't be used that way. (00:27:00)

Correction: But when microscopes are not being used, it is commonly advised that the head should be turned round the other way to store them and avoid damage to the eyepieces which stick out.


Corrected entry: When Grant and the kids approach the electric fence they need to climb, Grant throws a stick at the wires and says, "I guess that means the power's off." his New Zealand accent is plain. He uses an American accent throughout the rest of the film.

Correction: We don't know exactly where his character comes from. He may have been born in New Zealand but has picked up an American accent since, but in high stress situations his old accent resurfaces (I know a few people like that). He may even just accidentally slip into other accents from time to time. I've lived in the West Midlands my whole life but sometimes (for a line or two) I speak in a London accent or something for no readily apparant reason.

Gary O'Reilly

Corrected entry: When Alan Grant and the children are running from the Gallimimus (towards the camera) you can clearly see tracks made in the grass where the camera vehicle filming them has been. (01:31:10)

Correction: The tracks could have been made by Jurassic Park gas jeeps. The game keepers would regularly be out in the field checking on the animals. In fact, gas jeeps are seen early on when Dr. Grant, Dr. Satler, and the others first arrive on the island (and see the brachiosaurs) and also when the vet and Dr. Satler are checking on the sick dinosaur in the field.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: At the end, Hammond pulls up in front of the Visitor Center in a jeep with the injured Ian in the back. Hammond is a feeble old man who walks with a cane - how did he manage to get Ian into the jeep?

Correction: When you're in a life and death situation you find strength you never knew you had. Hammond knows his grandchildren's lives depend on him getting there with the jeep, Malcolm knows he has to get in the jeep to survive, between the two of them they would be able to get Malcolm in there.


Corrected entry: When Hammond's visitors are viewing the 'movie' about how DNA is extracted, a hypodermic syringe is shown taking a DNA sample from an amber source. It's clear that the syringe is one used exclusively for a tuberculosis skin test. It's even labeled as such because you can see the word 'tuberculin' on it.


Correction: Essentially the mistake is of the characters not the film's creators. We know that in the film the people in the park created the footage to illustrate how dinosaurs were made. It might have not been the most essential thing to get stock footage that the syringe be labelled correctly.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: Grant leans over like he's sick when he finds that there's a Tyrannosaurus on the island. he leans onto Hammond's shoulder, but in the wide shot he's instantly moved about 4 feet away from Hammond.

Correction: When Grant leans over "sick" after hearing about the T-Rex he does not lean onto Hammond's shoulder, rather puts his hand on Hammond's shoulder and moves past him. You can see Hammond move to the side, as well putting them where they should be for the next shot.


Corrected entry: Near the beginning, Dr Grant, Dr Sattler and Dr Malcolm are in the jeep approaching the first dinosaur, the Brachiosaur eating the leaves of a tree. Watch Dr Grant closely. As the jeep comes to a stop, you can see him on the back seat, looking out to the left, right where the dinosaur is. He would surely have noticed it then. Yet in the next shot, about half a second later, we see the jeep from a side view. His head is facing forward, and gradually turning to the left again where he notices the dinosaur.

Correction: He was doing a double take.


Corrected entry: While Nedry steals the frozen embryos he has no problem picking up these up with bare hands, even after they have been stored in liquid nitrogen.

Correction: It is never said that they are being stored in liquid nitrogen. The container that Nedry is GIVEN to smuggle the embryos contains liquid nitrogen for the trip.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Muldoon and Ellie are looking for the other car, watch in the background when Ellie comes up close to the camera. If you look closely, Muldoon slips and almost falls down.

Correction: Muldoon almost falling in the mud is not a mistake.


Corrected entry: The Velociraptors in Jurassic Park are actually larger than the fossil records actually show. Dr. Bakker (who is mentioned by Timmy when they are first getting in the jeeps) was asked for advice on the dinosaurs and he told them the size of velociraptors. Spielberg wanted bigger so they enlarged the raptors. Right before the movie came out, Bakker was at a dig site and a new raptor species was discovered: Utahraptor. It was almost the exact size of Spielberg's raptors for the movie. So, technically, the raptors in JP are Utahraptors. This is all mentioned in a book by Bakker called Raptor Red.

Correction: Spielberg didn't 'want' anything...he was simply being true to the book on which the movie was based, in which the raptors were about twice as large as real life. And truth be told, it was Jack Horner who is credited as paleontological consultant on all three JP films, rather than Bakker. You may also find through a bit of research that the film's version of the dinosaurs were actually more similar in size to another species of dromaeosaur (raptor) called Achillobator rather than utahraptor.


Corrected entry: When the tour trucks are waiting outside the visitors center, Lex enters one of the cars. After Grant closes the door on Tim, she's waiting outside to say her line.

Correction: True, she got in the car but she got back out after the other girl told her she should ride with him.

Vernon Gilmore

Corrected entry: When the gang is heading down to the sick Triceratops, Lex trips, and Alan helps her up. Look closely when she trips. It is clear she did it on purpose.

Correction: Exactly! She tripped on purpose to get his attention. Notice how he tries to let go of her hand after he helps her up but she won't let him?

Vernon Gilmore
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Continuity mistake: While Lex and Tim are hiding in the kitchen, when the large serving spoon falls it cuts to the closeup of the two Velociraptors and the tall shelving unit has vanished, but in the next shot when the one of the raptors leaps onto the counter that tall shelving unit is back.

Super Grover Premium member
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Question: Was there any truth to Hammond's comment that none of the rides at Disneyland worked when the park first opened? I just find that a little hard to believe.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Yes. The first opening day of Disneyland in California was catastrophic. The pavement was fresh and the sun was so hot high-heeled shoes actually sunk into the walkways. Counterfeit tickets were made, resulting in more people than the park had room for. They ran out of food and drinks. Bathrooms clogged and shut down. Many of the rides broke down on opening day. The Storybook Land Canal Boats had to be pulled by cast members in rubber boots. At the time, there were no guide rails for Autopia; some of the cars crashed into each other, making them inoperable. A gas leak in Fantasyland lead to the land being temporarily closed for part of the day.

David Yard
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