Jurassic Park (1993 Film)

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Jurassic Park is a 1993 science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough. It is the first installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and is based off the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. The film's screenplay was written by Crichton and David Koepp.

The film centers around the fictional island of Isla Nublar where John Hammond and the company of InGen have setup a park that hosts cloned dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park was followed by two sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. A long awaited fourth sequel, Jurassic World was released on June 12, 2015 acting as a soft reboot of the franchise. A followup to Jurassic World, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released on June 6th, 2018. The most recent entry in the series, Jurassic World: Dominion was released on June 10th, 2022.


Huge advancements in scientific technology have enabled a mogul to create an island full of living dinosaurs. John Hammond has invited four individuals, along with his two grandchildren, to join him at Jurassic Park. But will everything go to plan? Especially when one of the parks' own workers attempts to steal the dinosaur embryos, and has to shut down critical security systems in the process. It's now a race for survival with dangerous creatures roaming all over the island.


120 West of Costa Rica

The story begins on Isla Nublar, a small island 120 miles off the coast of Costa Rica. A large group of construction workers and animal handlers offload a large container, the creature within unseen. During the process, the animal attempts to escape, an act which leads to a mass panic, and the death of one of the workers.

Dominican Republic

The story jumps forward to an Amber mine in the Dominican Republic, where we learn that miners extracting amber are involved with a genetic-engineering company called InGen. We also learn that the death of the worker seen earlier has raised serious concerns about the safety of the island, according to Donald Gennaro, an InGen representative, and that the owner of the island is now seeking top scientific experts in the field to help endorse the park.

At a paleontological excavation in Montana we are introduced to Dr. Alan Grant, and his assistant Ellie Sattler, as they slowly uncover the fossilized remains of a Velociraptor, perhaps nature's most lethal and cunning predator to date, a beautiful specimen evolved to kill. Part of Grant's research experiments with a new radiological device that shoots a probe into the dirt which bounces an image of an uncovered raptor skeleton back to a computer screen. Grant is hesitant about the new technology but seems fascinated with the image it produces without having to dig. He is also a follower of a long-held theory among paleontologists that dinosaurs evolved more from birds than reptiles.

The dig is cut short by the sudden appearance of Grant and Sattler's main sponsor, the elderly and eccentric billionaire, John Hammond. He invites them over to endorse his latest project, a remote island resort, where he claims that their "unique biological attractions" are "guaranteed to drive children out their minds!"

Grant and Sattler are accompanied by two other characters -- the equally eccentric chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm, and the lawyer, Donald Genarro, who represents Hammond's investors. As they arrive by helicopter, they are treated to a unique spectacle of living, breathing DINOSAURS, creatures beyond your wildest imagination, resurrected from the dead and roaming a special zoological environment built to sustain them! Just the sight of these mighty beasts, a towering Brachiosaurus accompanied by a herd of Parasaurolophus, is enough to leave the stunned visitors breathless, save for Gennaro's offhand comment: "we're gonna make a fortune off this place...a fortune...".

Later, as they arrive at the island's central resort and control facility, the visitors are given a brief tour of the process. InGen has succeeded in cloning animals from simple strands of DNA salvaged from mosquitoes that fed on dinosaur blood, and were preserved for millions of years inside fossilized amber. The group is shown the egg-incubation room, just in time to witness the birth of a baby Velociraptor, a sight that deeply disturbs Grant. He demands to see where the adults are housed...

...and we are shown the special containment facility seen in the introduction, a fortress of electrified fences and dense foliage, all that separates the humans from the most dangerous creature on the island. Grant is witness to the daily feeding of the animals: a cow is lowered into the pit, only to be stripped clean within moments. The visitors (and the audience) is spared the gruesome sight of the carnage by a thick covering of jungle foliage...

The group prepares to experience the theme park's central attraction, in which visitors embark on a safari-like tour of the park, on special electrified Ford Explorers. Grant, Sattler, Malcolm and Gennaro are accompanied by Hammond's two grand children: Lex and her little brother Tim. As the group heads off, Hammond settles into the main control room where his two computer experts, Arnold and Nedry, manage the complex infrastructure of the park.

The tour is largely un-eventful: the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Dilophosaurus -two extremely dangerous carnivores- refuse to reveal themselves to the eager tourists. A sick triceratops is also encountered, tended to by the park veterinarians, whom Sattler leaves the group to help out with. An approaching tropical storm forces the tour to be cut short, as most of the staff leave by ship for the mainland.

In the meantime, we learn the true colors of Nedry - he has been hired to steal dinosaur embryos for InGen's rival corporation, BioSyn. In order to steal the embryos, he shuts down security systems throughout the park, but this also causes the tour's electric cars to break down, and the electrified fences shut down, thus releasing the dinosaurs from containment.

In the film's most thrilling sequence, a T-Rex escapes its enclosure and proceeds to wreck the tour vehicles. Gennaro is eaten, Malcolm is critically injured, but Grant manages to escape with the terrified children. In the meantime, a lost and confused Nedry, trying to hand over the stolen embryos to his contact, encounters a venom-spitting Dilophosaurus, and justice is dealt.

Sattler and the Park Warden Muldoon arrive in a jeep at the site of the T-Rex attack to find the injured Malcolm and the remains of Gennarro, but everyone else has disappeared. The T-Rex returns to give chase to the jeep down the road in an exciting car chase of an action sequence, but the humans eventually manage to escape.

Grant and the kids spend the night sheltering up a tree, and wake up to find a Brachiosaurus grazing nearby. Lex is initially frightened, but Grant reassures her (and the audience) that Brachiosaurs are peaceful herbivores, and that dinosaurs aren't monsters, they're just animals. Once more, we are given the opportunity to appreciate the beauty and majesty of these magnificent creatures.

With Malcolm injured and park systems still offline, Arnold is forced to take drastic action and reset the system-an act that has the unintended consequences of freeing the vicious velociraptors from their enclosure. Arnold, Muldoon and Sattler attempt to restore power, only to have Arnold and Muldoon outsmarted and killed by the cunning creatures. Only Sattler manages to narrowly avoid getting killed.

After witnessing a stampede of ostrich-like dinosaurs known as Gallimimus, Grant and the kids make it back to the main resort complex, only to find it abandoned. Grant leaves the kids in the main dining area, and tries to search for other survivors. In the meantime, Lex and Tim are cornered by a pair of raptors inside the main kitchen. In one of the most terrifying scenes in the entire film, the raptors stalk through the dark kitchen, searching for the kids. Eventually, Lex and Tim manage to lure one of the raptors into the freezer and lock it in, but the other raptor chases them out of the kitchen.

Meeting up in the control room, Grant, Sattler, and the kids attempt to restore power and communications to the park, but are trapped in by the same raptor. In the nick of time, the security systems and phone lines are brought back online. Nevertheless, the raptors manage to break into the control room and gives chase to our heroes throughout the entire building.

Eventually, our heroes are cornered by the last two raptors inside the main atrium. Just as all hope is lost, the T-Rex come crashing in and attacks the raptors, buying enough time for the small group of humans to escape.

As the humans evacuate the island by helicopter, the T-Rex gives a final victory roar behind a falling banner proclaiming: "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth". The ending scene is quite powerful and epic, and perfectly captures the spirit of the film in portraying dinosaurs as some of the most magnificent creatures to ever walk the Earth...[1]


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On August 11th, ahead of principal photography, the second unit commenced shooting segments of the Mr DNA film, including shots of the tree sap and amber extraction. On August 13th they continued shooting scenes with Richard Attenborough, again for the Mr DNA film, as well as the CCTV footage of the East Dock in which Director of Photography Dean Cundey stood in as the ship's Mate. They also shot an opener for the Park Grounds Tour video of a hand brushing dirt off the Jurassic Park logo.


Principal Photography began on August 24th, 1992 at Olekele Canyon on the island of Kauai.

Set No. Int./Ext. Name Location Description
01 Int. Visitors' Center Rotunda Stage 12 at Universal Studios A large set to represent the Entrance, Rotunda, Restaurant and Kitchen of the Visitors' Center at Jurassic Park.
04 Int. Control Rm & Lab Stage 28 at Universal Studios A medium set to represent the Control Room, Laboratory and Theater of the Visitors' Center at Jurassic Park.
07 Int. Kitchen Stage 24 at Universal Studios A medium set to represent the kitchen and restaurant of the Visitors' Center at Jurassic Park.
11 Ext. Embankment Stage 27 at Universal Studios A medium set to represent the moat of the Tyrannosaurus Rex Paddock of Jurassic Park.
14 Int. Maintenance Shed Stage 23 at Universal Studios A medium set to represent the inside of the Maintenance Shed at Jurassic Park.
17 Int. Trailer Stage 36 at Universal Studios A small set to represent the interior of a trailer at the dig site in Montana
41 Ext. Helipad Gate Manawaiopuna Falls, Kauai A small set to represent the perimeter fence around the Jurassic Park Helipad.
50 Ext. Visitors' Center Valley House Plantation Estate A large set to represent the exterior of the Visitors' Center at Jurassic Park.
54 Ext. Raptor Pen National Tropical Botanical Garden A medium set to represent the Velociraptor Pen at Jurassic Park.
55 Ext. Maintenance Shed National Tropical Botanical Garden A small set to represent the exterior of the Maintenance Shed at Jurassic Park.
67 Ext. T-Rex Paddock Waikoko Forest Management Road A large set to represent the Tyrannosaurus Rex Paddock at Jurassic Park.
72 Ext. Motion Sensor Kauai A small set to represent the Motion Sensors of Jurassic Park
Ext. Main Road Stage 16 at Warner Bros. A large set to represent the Tyrannosaurus Rex Paddock of Jurassic Park at night during the T. Rex's breakout.
Int. Crawl Space Stage 36 at Universal Studios A small set to represent the ceiling of the Control Room in the Visitors' Center at Jurassic Park.
Ext. Sleep Tree Stage 27 at Universal Studios A medium set to represent the tree on Isla Nublar that Alan Grant, Tim Murphy and Lex Murphy spend the night in.
Int. Amber Mine Stage 33 at Universal Studios
Ext. Amber Mine Valley House Plantation Estate
Int. Helicopter Mockup
Ext. Climb Fence Olekele Canyon A medium set used to represent the Perimeter Fence at Jurassic Park



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