Jurassic Park Facts

Jurassic Park Facts
Jurassic Park is a 1993 movie about a wildlife park that scientists populated with genetically engineered dinosaurs. The movie was written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp. Michael Crichton also wrote the novel Jurassic Park, released in 1990. The movie takes place on a fictional island near Costa Rica. Much of the filming of Jurassic Park took place in Hawaii and California. Many of the dinosaurs were life-sized animatronics. The film was so popular and well-received that it won many awards including three Academy Awards. The sequels to Jurassic Park have been very successful as well, including The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), and Jurassic World (2015). Another movie is being scheduled for release in 2018.
Interesting Jurassic Park Facts:
Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park was published in 1990. Even before it was published Steven Spielberg had acquired the movie rights for $1.5 million. Michael Crichton was also paid another $500,000 to co-write the screenplay.
James Cameron, Tim Burton, and Richard Donner were also interested in Jurassic Park but Steven Spielberg won out in the end.
Jurassic Park's cast included Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Samuel L. Jackson, and many more.
Jurassic Park was directed by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen.
When it was released Jurassic Park became the highest grossing film of all time. It beat Steven Spielberg's previous movie with this record - E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. It held this position until Titanic was released.
Sam Neill played Dr. Alan Grant, a role that had been turned down by Harrison Ford already.
Jim Carrey had tried out for the role that Jeff Goldblum ultimately won - as Ian Malcolm.
In the movie when the glass of water starts to ripple on the dashboard from the dinosaur steps, a guitar string actually caused the effect. The guitar string was attached underneath the dashboard and strung, which vibrated and caused the ripple effect. The effect of the mirror shaking was created from a motor above the windshield.
When the children are in the jeep and the T. rex is attacking them, the plexiglass was not supposed to break but the animatronic did the unexpected and broke it. So the screaming in that scene is real.
When Sam Neill threw the flare to distract the dinosaur, he was actually burned from the falling phosphorus used to make the flare.
Jurassic Park is 127 minutes long. However only 15 minutes of the film actually includes dinosaur footage - they made every minute count. 6 minutes of screen time in those 15 minutes of dinosaur action were CG (computer generated) dinosaurs.
Steven Spielberg actually had palaeontologists work as consultants for the movie. He wanted to be sure that they appeared as realistic as possible in both their appearance and their behaviour.
The roar of the T. rex was generated from the sounds of a variety of animals including baby elephants, alligators, and tigers.
Various Jurassic Park theme parks and rides have been created since the movie's success, allowing fans of the movie to experience some of it up close.

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