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Jurassic Park

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byKathleen Kennedy, Gerald R. Molen
Screenplay byMichael Crichton, David Koepp
Based onJurassic Park by Michael Crichton
StarringSam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, BD Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDean Cundey
Edited byMichael Kahn
ProductioncompanyAmblin Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dateJune 9, 1993 (Uptown Theater), June 11, 1993 (United States)
Running time128 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$63 million
Box office$1.033 billion

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. It is the first instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise, and the first film in the Jurassic Park trilogy, and is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton and a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp. The film is set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, located off Central America‘s Pacific Coast near Costa Rica. There, wealthy businessman John Hammond and a team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of de-extinct dinosaurs. When industrial sabotage leads to a catastrophic shutdown of the park’s power facilities and security precautions, a small group of visitors and Hammond’s grandchildren struggle to survive and escape the perilous island.

Before Crichton’s novel was published, four studios put in bids for its film rights. With the backing of Universal Studios, Spielberg acquired the rights for $1.5 million before its publication in 1990; Crichton was hired for an additional $500,000 to adapt the novel for the screen. Koepp wrote the final draft, which left out much of the novel’s exposition and violence and made numerous changes to the characters.

Filming took place in California and Hawaii from August to November 1992, and post-production rolled until May 1993, supervised by Spielberg in Poland as he filmed Schindler’s List. The dinosaurs were created with groundbreaking computer-generated imagery by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs built by Stan Winston‘s team. To showcase the film’s sound design, which included a mixture of various animal noises for the dinosaur roars, Spielberg invested in the creation of DTS, a company specializing in digital surround sound formats. The film also underwent an extensive $65 million marketing campaign, which included licensing deals with over 100 companies.

Jurassic Park premiered on June 9, 1993, at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C., and was released on June 11 in the United States. It went on to gross over $912 million worldwide in its original theatrical run, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1993 and the highest-grossing film ever at the time, a record held until the release of Titanic in 1997. It received highly positive reviews from critics, who praised its special effects, acting, John Williams‘ musical score, and Spielberg’s direction. Following its 3D re-release in 2013 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Jurassic Park became the seventeenth film in history to surpass $1 billion in ticket sales. The film won more than twenty awards, including three Academy Awards for its technical achievements in visual effects and sound design. Jurassic Park is considered a landmark in the development of computer-generated imagery and animatronic visual effects. The film was followed by four commercially successful sequels: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), Jurassic World (2015), and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), with a fifth sequel, Jurassic World: Dominion, scheduled for a 2022 release.

In 2018, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”

Jurassic Park’s One-Star reviews from IMDb from the last decade


Hassan_saeed 29 April 2020

It used to be one of the originals! I loved this as a kid. But watched it last night and it was ever so BORING!! It only had a total of 10 minutes of interesting parts, the rest is just jibber jabber people talking a lot of crap. How can this film even have a score as high as 8?!!! It’s a bloody 1/10!

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awful movie

Sagetboba 15 January 2018

Annoying characters, useless dialogue, horrible acting. I wondered why the newer Jurassic park movies were so mediocre but it turns out that each of the movies in this series is mediocre starting from the very first one.

Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree does it.

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Would have made a great 45 min Twilight Zone Episode

Sampledancer 27 November 2014

Warning: Spoilers

OK, so maybe 1 out of 10 is a bit harsh but this film bored me to tears.

*Possible Spoilers ahead*

I remember seeing this in the cinema on it’s initial release and damn near falling asleep then so I hired the DVD today, Nov 2014, to see if I was just suffering from the hype back in the day.

The dinosaur effects are good, the whole “we can, but should we” moral message is here too.

BUT, the opening hour could have been tidied up in 20 to 30 minutes easily and the dinosaurs appear for only about 15 minutes in the last hour.

The sick Triceratops was a somewhat pointless touch, the ability to just get out of the tour vehicle and wander around the animals was strange as you couldn’t do that in a regular animal park now let alone one filled with resurrected prehistoric creatures.

The main stick point for me was the character that the park’s owner trusted the least seemed to be in control of all the security with over ride-able fail-safes at the touch of a single button.

I will concede that this film has it’s fans and Mr. Spielberg is a better film maker than I could ever be, but he just didn’t entertain me this time as goods effects do not a good film make.

11 out of 58 found this helpful

A very bad script ruins it all

Harryplinkett14 12 July 2013

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Ironically the people who made this film assumed the revolutionary CGI would serve as an attraction in and of itself (much like the dinosaurs exhibited in the park), and that the audience wouldn’t care about the moronic plot, horribly bad dialogue, or total lack of logic.

I somewhat enjoyed this film as a child, but I saw it again yesterday, and frankly I stopped watching at about half the film’s length. It was insufferable.

Apparently the moral of the story is that you can’t control a zoo filled with dinosaurs. You can control a regular zoo filed with dangerous animals, but for some reason dinosaurs are tricky. What?! And just think about the premise of the film for a second: the man discovers a way to recreate DINOSAURS and his master plan is to charge tickets to a zoo where a handful of tourists can ride on a couple of jeeps around the island? That’s the plan? How long would that park last? Within 24 hours the USA or some other government would invade the island, close it down, and hijack the entire staff along with the animals.

And what’s with the security measures? An electric fence a dinosaur could tear apart in a second? Well, what if power goes down? You geniuses can clone a dinosaur, but you’ve never heard of power shortages? Of course, then come the moronic characters and those obnoxious children. Can anyone even stand children in movies any more? I can’t.

At the end of the day, it’s a fairly entertaining film – during the action bits, but the characters, the dialogue, and the plot are just terrible.

31 out of 88 found this helpful.

Completely horrible

Rebma6292 21 November 2010

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It’s hard to even rate this movie a 1 out of 10. There was just nothing positive that could be said about it. Dinosaurs being brought back to life? I mean come on. It was such a disgraceful plot, my 6 year old nephew didn’t even enjoy it and he loves dinosaurs. The acting was dreadful, Jeff Goldblum should be ashamed of his atrocious performance. His role in “Earth Girls are Easy” was better than his role in this movie. Not to mention, the dinosaurs are hardly entertaining or interesting. This movie was obviously the worst movie of the century. I expected more. It’s sad how the movie “We’re Back” was monumentally better than this.

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