Jurassic Park

Corrected entry: At the beginning, we can assume that there are at least three raptors inside the container. But when the raptors push the container forward and drop the gatekeeper down, we can see some workers went inside the container or, at least, in front of it. If so, why didn't they stun the raptor that is holding the gatekeeper? Furthermore, they didn't get killed by the other raptors.

Correction: Wrong assumption straight off the bat - there's only one raptor in the container, namely the large female that they mention introducing into the group. No workers go inside - nobody in their right mind would put themselves right in front of an annoyed dinosaur, so they wouldn't really be close enough to stun her if they were in front of the container - it's far safer to try and stun her through the sides where there's a wall between you and her.

Tailkinker Premium member
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Corrected entry: In the scene where Grant, Ellie, Lex, and Tim are saved by the T. Rex appearing inside the lobby of the main compound and eating the two raptors, how exactly did she (the T. Rex) get in there? All the doors are too small to allow her access and there are no signs of a forced entry anywhere.

Correction: The T-Rex is standing in a huge doorway when she bites the first Raptor. Its a large entry-way where the workers can access to build, as the building is not yet complete. The "gang" exit the building via a smaller door.

XIII
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Corrected entry: When the group is first entering Jurassic Park at the huge door, Malcolm says,"What have they got in there, King Kong?", but, if you look closely, his lips do not move. This happens again later in the movie where Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzelo are in the car when they encounter the T-Rex. Lex has the flashlight, and Timmy tells her to turn it off. She then says "I'm sorry", but her lips don't move. (00:40:00)

Correction: It's hard to see through the glass roof, but I definitely saw Malcolm's lips move. Same for the 2nd part, I can see Lex's lips move better than I can hear her say "I'm sorry"

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Corrected entry: When we are first shown a dinosaur, (brachiosaurus, I think), when they first drive up its an open field, camera switches, the jeep is suddenly parked in trees. (00:19:30)

Correction: There are patches of trees all along the drive, and some are just beside them when they stop. You can see more open field in the are behind them.

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Corrected entry: When they first arrive on the island and pull up to the large brachiosaurus, Ellie stands up in the car. Switch camera angles, and she is just now getting up. (00:19:30)

Correction: Before the angle switch, she hasn't stood all the way up (her shoulder is lower than Alan's), after the switch, her knees are slightly bent as she finishes standing up (shoulder now higher than Alan's).

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Corrected entry: When Hammond's helicopter flies in to the Badlands dig site, somehow he manages to get from the helicopter way up to the trailer without anyone seeing him get out, even though they are all watching it land and Grant and Ellie get to it as soon as it lands.

Correction: There is never a scene to suggest they are watching the helicopter all the time, and neither do they get to the helicopter a soon as it lands- there is probably over 10 seconds to get to it and they possibly took a few seconds to tell others to take care of the site.

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Corrected entry: Just before turning off the power, Muldoon asks about putting the lysine deficiency into effect. After a bit of talking, Arnold explains it as it being a security measure to prevent the spread of the animals off the island. He goes on to explain that the animals can't manufacture the amino acid lysine, and that if they aren't given a supply of it every 48 hours, they go into a coma and die. Factually, this is incorrect. Humans have the same "faulty enzyme for protein metabolism," yet we aren't dependant on lysine. So why would the animals be?

Correction: First, this is another example of the "scientists" being stupid (like planting the poisonous ferns). They didn't realize that the herbivores would be able to get lysine from plants on the island and the carnivores get it from the herbivores. Secondly, we are dependent on getting lysine from our diet. It is quite possible to eat an "incorrect" diet that would give you a lysine deficiency causing conditions such as pellegra.

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Corrected entry: On the tour ride at the visitor center, Grant spouts pseudo-scientific pap "How do you interrupt the cellular mitosis?" We'll assume that he's some wonder paleontologist who for some reason knows biochemistry (that's rare) but mitosis is the process of cell division - there is no such thing as non-cellular mitosis (hence no one would ever call it that) and secondly there is no reason you would need to interrupt mitosis.

Correction: Grant could call it cellular mitosis. That's what it was referred to in my freshman biology class. And the book explains why they have to interrupt cellular mitosis, since they have to insert new DNA into the eggs.

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Corrected entry: A raptor's killing claws wouldn't stay very sharp if they went around tapping them on any hard surface they happened to be walking on. Even tapping them on dirt would dull them if they did it constantly. Compare dog claws, which are constantly wearing on the ground, to cat claws, which are sheathed most of the time.

Correction: As Grant says in the beginning, the claws were retractable, just like a cat's claws. Most of the time they weren't being walked on.

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Corrected entry: Just before Grant and the kids climb the perimeter fence, they hear the T. Rex roaring behind them. How does it then get to the Visitors Centre at the end after the power has been restored to the fence? It hadn't already made a hole in the perimeter fence because after escaping its own pen it spent the night and next morning chasing the jeep and then hunting the Gallimimus.

Correction: Whatever hole it made to get into the pen with the Gallimimus would still be there for him to pass through after the power was back on.

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Corrected entry: When Hammond takes the adults on the theater tour with the DNA video, Grant has his hat off. Then when they all get up to leave he leaves it on the seat. In the next scene in the science lab he has his hat back on again. (00:26:45)

Correction: Grant never takes his hat back into the lab.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Hammond and Ellie are in the dining room eating ice cream that was melting due to a lack of power to the freezers, overhead fans are operating. Where did they get power?

Correction: Not all the systems went off - the lights are on as well as the fans. This is before they have actively deactivated the whole park; the freezers losing power must have been a side-effect of Nedry's meddling.

Jez
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Corrected entry: When Malcolm says "You do have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour right? Hello? Hello Hello?" into the camera in the car, his lips aren't moving during the hello part.

Correction: He is indeed saying the words "Hello, Hello?" though. You don't have to move your mouth a whole lot to do it, and you can see his lips slightly moving.

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Corrected entry: In the scene when the group look at the sick triceratops, don't you think it's pretty impossible for a dinosaur of that size to do a massive pile of feces that high? That's pretty much its own body weight! (00:50:35)

Correction: OK it's not a particularly scientific explanation, but if they are anything like most animals they go in the same place every time. It could be a cumulative pile from the same or many dinosaurs. Or it could be from a larger Triceratops as the sick one is particularly below average size when compared to many fossil findings.

David Mercier
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Corrected entry: Right before the scientists see the dinosaurs for the first time, Ellie is looking at this plant leaf and saying, "This has been extinct since the ____ period." If it's an extinct plant, how could they duplicate it? Mosquitoes don't drink chlorophyll - there's no way it could have been preserved if everything worked the way they said.

Correction: The video they watch (with Mr. DNA) only explains how they recreated the dinosaurs, which were the main attraction of the park. The engineers used other methods to make the right environment for the animals, but as it's not half as exciting, the viewer never finds out exactly how.

Jez
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Corrected entry: In the last scene where they all get in the helicopter everyone is dirty, sweaty, and bloody. Then a few seconds later in the helicopter. Ellie appears to have showered and combed her hair in the past few minutes.

Correction: Not sure about this one. Her face wasn't dirty in the first place, and she appears to have simply run her fingers through her hair. Remember, she didn't spend the night in the jungle or traipse across the whole island.

Jez
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Corrected entry: In the scene at the very end when everyone's getting on the helicopter, Ian's left leg is bandaged. Then, once he and Hammond are behind the helicopter door, Ian's right leg is bandaged.

Correction: Ian's leg is only seen once during this final scene, and it is his left leg which is bandaged the whole time.

Jez
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Corrected entry: At the end after the raptors have chased the group into the main lobby, the hanging skeletons overhead start falling on the people. Watch as a huge bone falls practically on top of Tim. This is obviously a very staged shot, because his hands are not covering the back of his head, which is a natural, protective human instinct. His hands are just on the sides of his head. For a real reaction, notice Ellie's, which is (I think) right beforehand - she curls into a ball, and covers the back of her head.

Krista

Correction: He has very little time to react, and seems too scared to move. After all, he is just a child and has less knowledge of how to protect himself. At least, his reaction doesn't look as 'staged' as this suggests.

Jez
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Corrected entry: Malcolm, Grant and Ellie are in the same car, but when Ian talks to Hammond through the camera you can see that Grant is not sitting in the back seat. In the next scene when Malcolm sits down again Alan is sitting there.

Correction: You can see for a couple of frames the Grant IS in the explorer (though mostly hidden by Malcolm's head filling the camera view), but he is sitting in the boot area so that he can look out of the furthest-back side window. Whilst Hammond is saying "I really hate that man", Grant climbs back into the seat, then we see him put his hat on.

Jez
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Corrected entry: When the T-Rex escapes from his paddock and Grant and Malcolm are watching, we see the dino move from screen right to left, passing past Dr. Grant, however when we cut back to Grant and Malcolm, the dinosaur is on Malcolm's side, just before he starts to advance to the kids.

Correction: More footsteps are heard, and there is time (while Lex is shown getting the torch), for the Rex to walk round behind Grant and Malcolm's vehicle.

Jez
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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.

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Trivia: When the grandchildren and Grant are crawling above the drop-down ceiling to flee from the raptors, the raptors at one point have "squares" of light shining on them. If you look closely at this light, these "squares" of light are not really squares, but the letters A T C G, the DNA sequence abbreviations.

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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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