With the recent release of thew new Jurassic World trailer, We thought it would be fun to take a look back on one of the best Steven Speilberg movies of all time and reveal 31 facts from the movie you might not know about.
And if you haven’t had a chance to take a look at the trailer yet, here ya go
and now onto the list…
1. Jurassic Park became the highest grossing film released worldwide at the time up until it was topped five years later by James Cameron’s Titanic. It was in theaters until Oct. 20, 1994, 497 days after its original release.
2. Steven Spielberg first learned about Jurassic Park during a meeting in 1989, with the book’s author, Michael Crichton. The two had actually met to discuss a screenplay he had written. That TV series would eventually become the TV series ER.
3. Steven Spielberg’s movie production company, Amblin Entertainment, was named Advertising Age’s first “Promotional Marketer of the Year” for its efforts in regard to Jurassic Park. The marketing budget was $65 million and had deals with 100 company to market 1,000 products.
4. Shooting the scene where the T-Rex attacks the SUVs in a storm proved to be difficult. The skin of the animatronic T-Rex would soak up the water, which would cause its weight to change and head to shake. In between takes Stan Winston’s crew would have to dry the model with shammys.
5. Just like the movie, Jurassic Parks toys quickly made history. Unequivocally one of Kenner’s most successful lines, the toys generated massive sales, and flew from store shelves.
6. Many filmmakers saw Jurassic Park ’s effects as a realization that many of their visions, previously thought unfeasible or too expensive, were now possible. This resulted in several movie projects moving forward (Star Wars prequels, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Lord of the Rings, etc.)
7. A thousand US cinemas were equpped with DTS specifically for Jurassic Parks release in order to offer an overwhelming experience. This lead the way to the industry standards we are accustomed to today.
8. Steven Spielberg first offered the role of Alan Grant to Harrison Ford. The role eventually went to Sam Neill.
9. Multiple raptors were made for Jurassic Park, including full size cable-controlled puppets. John Rosengrant was the main Raptor suit performer when there was a full body shot. John would have to bend at the waist and squat his legs at ninety-degree angles to be in the suit. During filming, he would be in the suit for up to four hours. His back would give up after thirty minutes and would have to hang from a framework to take a break.
really cool video of the raptor suit in action
10. The Dilophosaurus puppet had three interchangeable heads, each of which performed a specific function. The first head featured the cowl in its lowered position; the second was mechanized to make the cowl flare open; and the third had a vibrating, open cowl, and could execute the spitting action.
11. There was a scene cut from the movie that explained why Lex and Tim are at Jurassic Park. Hammond explains that their family is going through a difficult time as their parents are getting a divorce. Hammond is wanting his guests to be understanding of this fact, but apparently Dr. Malcolm makes a cynical comment.
12. In the books, Tim was the eldest sibling and was the one interested in computers.
13. Sam Neill has a scar on his left hand from where phosphorus dripped on it as he leads the T-Rex away from the kids with a flare.
14. Combined, all of Jurassic Park’s CG dinos have just 6 minutes of screen time, while total dinosaur effects shots make up only 14 minutes of the 127 minute film.
15. Laura Dern on taking the role of Dr. Sattler: “I was talking with Nicolas Cage, and we had just done Wild at Heart together, and I said to him, “Nic, they want to put me on the phone with Steven Spielberg, but they want to talk to me about a dinosaur movie…” And he was like, “You are doing a dinosaur movie! No one can ever say no to a dinosaur movie!” I was like, “Really?” And he’s like, “Are you kidding? It’s a dream of my life to do a movie with dinosaurs!” [Laughs] So he was such an influence on me. Then I talked to Steven and he goes, “I know that you’re doing your independent films, but I need you to be chased by dinosaurs, in awe of dinosaurs, and have the adventure of a lifetime. Will you do this with me?” And I was like, “Sure.”
16. At this point, CG effects and the idea of adding dinosaurs fully in post-production was a new concept to most of the actors. Here are some quotes from the actors on this. Sam Neill: “Steven was holding a bullhorn and roaring in a not very convincing way. It’s difficult enough acting to a tennis ball, but it’s even harder when you’re trying not to laugh.” Joseph Mazzello: “” I was a little upset. I was like “Yo, when are we getting some dinosaurs. I keep hearing this movie’s about dinosaurs.””
17. Spielberg lured acclaimed British director Sir Richard Attenborough out of a 14-year acting retirement and cast him as John Hammond.
18. Hurricane Iniki—the most powerful hurricane to hit Hawaii in recorded history—hit during filming. Attenborough apparently slept through the worst of it. When asked by cast members how that was possible, he replied that it was nothing—after all, he had survived the London Blitz during World War II.
19. Fred Sorenson was the pilot who flew the crew off Kauai when the hurricane hit during the production of Jurassic Park (1993), directed by Steven Spielberg, who directed Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), where Sorenson played Jones’s pilot in the opening scenes. It was a total coincidence that it was him.
20. The roar from the T-Rex in Jurassic Park is a baby elephant mixed with a tiger and an alligator, and its breath is a whale’s blow.
21. Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern dated between 1995 and 1997, after they co-starred in Jurassic Park.
22. The glass of water sitting on the dash of the Ford Explorer was made to ripple using a guitar string that was attached to the underside of the dash beneath the glass.
23. Alan Grant is modeled after Paleontologist Jack Horner who, like Grant, digs and teaches in Montana, and was also a technical advisor on this film.
24. In the scene where the T-Rex comes through the glass roof of the Explorer, the plexiglass was meant to stay intact. This resulted in genuine screams from the actors.
25. When Spielberg saw CGI of T-Rex, he said to stop motion animator Phil Tippett , “You’re out of a job,” to which Tippett replied, “Don’t you mean extinct?”. Spielberg later incorporated this dialogue into the movie
26. In Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg directs the man who beat him to the Best Director Oscar in 1983 (Richard Attenborough, whose film Gandhi (1982) also beat Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) as Best Picture).
27. “Jurassic Park: The Ride” cost almost twice as much to make as the movie, and work on it started before the film even began shooting. The first group of people who rode the river adventure included Steven Spielberg, but he asked to be taken off before the 80 foot drop.
28. The much maligned “super-size” value meal at McDonald’s was rolled out in 1993, after it co-marketed the film Jurassic Park, offering a “Dino-size”. It was so successful, it became a fixture on the menu.
29. Spielberg’s Schindler’s List was greenlit only on the condition that Spielberg agree to direct Jurassic Park first. Spielberg did so, but left post-production work to George Lucas, while Spielberg left to begin work on Schindler’s.
30. On the helicopter ride, Dr. Grant can’t get his seatbelt to work. He eventually just ties to the two “female” ends together. This foreshadows the all female dinosaur’s eventual reproduction outside of the lab. Life finds a way.
31. The man-sized velociraptors seen in the film were much bigger than the real species. However, shortly before the movie’s release, paleontologists discovered a larger related species, the Utahraptor. Stan Winston joked, “We made it, then they discovered it.”