Jurassic Park

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: 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

Corrected entry: In the Badlands scene, Dr. Grant stands at the computer and lectures the group of people about the Velociraptor skeleton. He says that the pubic bone is "turned back just like a bird". However, this dinosaur is not a member of the order of bird-hipped dinosaurs known as Ornithischia. It actually belongs to the order Saurischia or lizard-hipped dinosaurs, in which the pubic bone points forward.

Correction: The Velociraptor is a member of a smaller group of Saurichia called Maniraptors, which are currently (as Allen Grant pointed out) thought by many paleontologists to be directly related to birds. Although the Ornithischia had bird-like hips, this was apparently a coincidence, because the Maniraptor group of Saurischian's had their pubic bones evolve to point backward and fuse as in birds. So Velociraptor's pubic bone is in fact "turned back just like a bird."

Corrected entry: When the Raptor is chasing Grant, Ellie, Tim and Lex through the computer lab, and they get into the ceiling, the Raptor jumps up on a table ad pokes his head through the ceiling. When Grant kicks it in the eye, and it falls, the table is gone. (01:50:40)

Correction: That's because it jumped up at a different area.


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.


Corrected entry: When Tim is knocked off the fence as it goes live again, the laws of physics go straight out of the window. No current could pass through him because he is not touching the ground, and the separate wires in the fence cannot be at separate voltages because there are thin cross-wires between the main strands. It's not impossible that he could get knocked off the fence (he'd be charged up, and like charges repel) but any injuries sustained would be as a result of the fall, not electrocution. (01:39:10)

Correction: Actually, to be electrocuted, you don't necessary need to be touching the ground. Since Tim was holding on with all fours, there was a "complete circuit" that the electricity could go through. Birds with huge wings (eg, eagles) sometimes get electrocuted by telephone wires when each wing touches a wire.

Corrected entry: Muldoon is supposed to be an expert on velociraptor behavior yet when he is aiming his rifle at a distant raptor he totally forgets their hunting patterns and is surprised when he is attacked from the side. (01:40:50)

Correction: Muldoon has never seen the Raptors hunting prey. The only times he's seen them killing anything is when they are being fed and when the big one ate one of the handlers. As for Dr. Grant's theory of the Raptors hunting, it is just a theory that Muldoon has probably never heard.

Corrected entry: When Ellie returns with Muldoon to find the children, Ellie sees the car that had fallen down into the T-Rex cage. She runs to the site where the Jeep fell. It's a bit strange, because the car fell down several stories into the T-Rex cage, and she just walked to it.

Correction: The part where she descends to the other car is not shown, but it is implied.


Corrected entry: When sitting in the hall and eating ice cream, look how far she is away from the cups - but a blink later she slightly reaches over the table and gets a spoonfull.

Correction: The shot from behind Ellie shows one tub that is definitely close enough for her to reach considering the manner in which she leans forward. It even has a spoon ready in it.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Corrected entry: On their way to the island, Hammond is sitting on one side of the helicopter, and the lawyer on the other side. The direction behind the lawyer was toward the island. The lawyer looks out he window on the right side of the lawyer. He looks straight while he can't see what is behind him. Then Hammond looks out the same window in the other direction that the lawyer did not look at. Hammond then says, "There it is." How did the lawyer see the island is his position?

Correction: This is wrong. Gennaro is facing TOWARDS the island, and Hammond looks sideways to see a different part of the island out of the other side of the helicopter. They would both have been able to see it, because it is a large island and they were close to it.


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.


Corrected entry: When they are all first taking a trip around the park in the jeeps, they come across the Triceratops lair. Alan jumps out, leaving the door open, Ellie follows very quickly, but when she leaps from the car, you hear two car doors shutting, how was she able to shut both in mid jump?

Correction: As she gets out she leans on the rear door and shuts it, then closes her own door. There is enough time for her to do this.


Corrected entry: During the computer guy's dash for the boat, he crashes a Jeep Wrangler and decides to use the front winch. The sequence shows the Jeep stuck on a downhill in slippery conditions. In order to stop a moving vehicle that way, he would have to be hung up on something solid enough to halt a 20mph+ 3800lbs vehicle cold. The winch was most likely in the 10,000lbs range. The combination of the two would have caused severe damage to either the Jeep or the winch cable. Other than getting the fat man out of the car, it doesn't make much sense.

Correction: Nedry wouldn't have had any idea of the capability of the winch. He was just in a hurry to get out of there, so wouldn't be thinking about damage to the jeep.


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: In the scene where the kids and Dr. Grant are walking through a field, they are then followed by a "flock" of dinosaurs. They then duck under the log and turn round to find a T-Rex attacking the dinosaurs. At one point one of the flocking dinos is seen jumping through the neck of the dinosaur. His top half disappears for a moment, then reappears after he has landed from jumping through the T-Rex.

Correction: This is incorrect. The Gallimimus is blurry because it is moving so fast, but what actually happens is that it jumps and COLLIDES with the Rex's neck, causing it to fall over. It is subsequently eaten.


Corrected entry: During the scene when Laura Dern is running away from the Velociraptors towards the main door, you can see that she's dragging along a torch attached to her waist. In the next shot, the torch has gone missing because it caught on the door, but her pink shirt has disappeared completely with no good reason.

Correction: There is ample time between scenes for her to take off her outer shirt, which she may well have done, limping around in the jungle heat.

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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.

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