Jurassic Park

Corrected entry: After Timmy has been electrocuted and is back safely you see his hair all sticking up. Same when he and his sister are eating. Upon noticing the Raptor they run to the kitchen, Timmy's hair is nice and neat.

Correction: During the kids' eating session, there is plenty of time for the static in his hair to die down a bit, and for him to flatten it down himself. It doesn't become THAT neat.


Corrected entry: When Hammond first introduces himself to Drs. Grant and Sattler in their trailer, he pops a bottle of champagne. Ellie Sattler begins to frantically wash out a dirty set of tumblers that were in the sink. However, a clean set of wine glasses are visible on the cabinet above her.

Correction: Ellie is surely too flustered by the arrival of their biggest contributor to be thinking about where the clean glasses are, so grabs the nearest thing and starts to wash it up.


Corrected entry: In order to open a park like that to the public (and obviously it's close to the opening date) Hammond would have to convince more people than just his investors. In reality, the park would have to pass a security review, and those auditors would definitely ask questions like "What happens in case of a catastrophic computer failure?" Something tells me the answer "All the fences turn off and you have to run across the compound to turn them back on manually" wouldn't sit too well with them.

Doc Premium member

Correction: We don't know that Hammond is not going to do that. Having to convince the investors is just the first step. Without financing, nothing else matters because the park will never open.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

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.

Corrected entry: When Muldoon prepares to shoot the raptor he unfolds his rifle butt. However the rifle is already unfolded when he and Ellie are passing the raptor pen.

Correction: Time passed between those points. It is entirely plausible that he folded his stock as he walked into the thick jungle to keep it from getting hung up on the vegetation, only to unfold it again when he has his shot lined up.

An extremely unlikely situation where by he is making it harder for him to defend himself.

Ssiscool Premium member

The SPAS-12 (a shotgun, not a rifle) can be fired from the hip, as seen in a variety of videos on it. In a dense jungle, being able to swing the gun around to an up-close target without snagging would probably be more important than the shoulder stock. In fact, if you watch Muldoon swing around to try to shoot the "clever girl", the stock is in the way on his shoulder, and he couldn't get the shotgun pulled back far enough to hit her.

Correction: It's actually an Italian shotgun, the Franchi SPAS-12. From the time they pick up the shotgun to the time Muldoon extends the folding stock, you can see the folded shoulder rest still laying atop the shotgun.

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.


Correction: They just zoomed in on some of the holes caused by the shells. 12-ga slugs wouldn't make holes that small, and 4 shots wouldn't make 3 holes that clean.

Corrected entry: When Alan becomes overwhelmed after seeing the movie's first dinosaur, he staggers and sits down on the ground... But as he is bending over before sitting, there are already grass stains and/or wet spots on the seat of his pants.

Correction: I've watched this scene plenty of times and there are no grass stains on his pants.

Corrected entry: When Dennis gets back in the car after the dilophosaurus spits at him, he turns to see the dinosaur in the car with him. But how did it get in? The door was closed.

Correction: He left the jeep door open when he went to attempt to attach the Jeep's winch. This allowed one of the dilos to enter the Jeep. He conked his head on the door frame of the jeep, being blinded by the dilophosaur venom. After being blinded he couldn't exactly see the other dilo in the Jeep, which made him easy prey. The scene with the hissing in the plants is supposed to be a hint that there are more of them.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, they are in the helicopter and in the air, you see a shot of inside the helicopter. Outside the opposite window is land, then when the shot changes to view the large birds, they are flying above water. Inside is always land, outside is always water. Then when the camera pans out to view the helicopter fly away, it is above the ocean with no land in sight.


Correction: When they're all in the chopper at the end, the pilot's flying parallel to the island's coastline, with the island to one side and water at the other side. In the interior shots from the passenger cabin, whenever the camera faces the starboard window (behind the chopper pilot) the island vegetation is seen, and when Ellie and Alan look out the port side window we see the water. Then the last exterior shot is of the chopper as it flies out to the open waters, with the island already behind them. Nothing inconsistent about any of these shots.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: During the external shot of Nedry getting attacked by the dilophosaurus, there is a clear reflection of stage lights near the jeep's front left wheel. (01:11:15)

Correction: The reflection is not a reflection of theatrical lighting, rather the lens glare from the roof mounted fog lights on the jeep. A Motion picture bank of lights did not have 4 square lamps back in the day. They were either 9 or 16 round lamps.

Corrected entry: Dr. Grant holds his canteen out the window in order to get water to drink. But there is no funnel on it. It would take a very, very long time for rain to drop through that small hole to fill the bottle with any drinkable quantity of water, even in the heaviest of rains.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: And yet in the heaviest of rain I can get a decent drink by holding a water bottle with roughly the same size hole. I've done this dozens of time on long driving trips.


Corrected entry: Before the T-Rex chases Ellie, Robert and Malcolm in the jeep, we see Ellie get in the passenger side of the jeep, and Robert get in the driver's side. Over the course of the chase scene, Robert and Ellie switch seats.

Correction: Where exactly? On my version of the movie, Muldoon is always the one driving the Jeep.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the scene where Gennaro is about to be eaten, when the T.Rex knocks over the bathroom walls, you can see that the bathroom tissue dispensers on the wall behind Gennaro are painted images on the wall and not actual dispensers. It is clear once the wall has fallen that the dispensers have no depth and are two dimensional images. (01:02:00 - 01:03:00)


Correction: In actuality, the collapsing walls don't exist at all, but are CGI. But as to your specific mistake: Toilet tissue is not usually placed behind the toilet seat. In fact, you see the real tissue dispenser by Genarro's knee just before the walls collapse. The dispensers in the back are for the toilet seat covers, which are not very thick, hence the lack of depth.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: As Dr. Grant arrives at the Velociraptor paddock just before the feeding, there is no cow to be seen anywhere in the wide shot. Two cuts later there is suddenly a cow there lifted up by a crane. (00:27:25)

Christoph Galuschka Premium member

Correction: In the opening scene, you see that there is a section behind the Velociraptor paddock, which is obscured in this scene. The cow came from behind there.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Hammond is sitting at the long table and eating ice cream, Ellie comes in and sits at the opposite end. All of the ice cream barrels are near him. When a scene cuts to Ellie, there is an ice cream container near her and towards the end of the scene she gets some ice cream. At the end of the scene, the shot shows both of them and the table and there is no ice cream within Ellie's reach. (01:21:50 - 01:24:55)

Bonita Kilpatrick

Correction: There is never a container near Ellie. The closest one is a small container sitting about halfway down the table from her. She simply reaches across the table for the spoon when it comes time for her to eat some.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When the tour trucks enter the T-Rex paddock, the electrified fence is missing an entire section, from the tunnel they exit to the first section of fence.

Correction: The fence is only needed in the areas where the animals might escape its paddock. But this end of the paddock also has a huge concrete wall (the one we see Grant and the kids climb down to escape the T-Rex) that the T-Rex could never scale, so the fencing is unnecessary.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Ellie finds the upturned car that Timmy had been stuck in, but how did she get down there? It's down an almost vertical ledge. Not only that but she got from the bottom to the top incredibly quickly.

Correction: Dr. Grant, Tim and Lex only went over the ledge beacuse they were forced to. They never show Ellie descending to the bottom; we don't know how long it took her or how she did it. For all we know there was a staircase off camera.

BocaDavie Premium member

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: 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.

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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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Trivia: The T-Rex roars are a combination of tiger, elephant, alligator, whale, and dog sounds.

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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.

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