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20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jurassic Park

27 March 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou


In 1993, Steven Spielberg astounded us by bringing long-extinguished dinosaurs back to life on the big screen in his Jurassic Park, the movie made $900 million worldwide and held the box-office record until being surpassed by another commercial movie miracle – James Cameron’s Titanic.

To celebrate its 20-year anniversary, this sci-fi adventure film will be re-released in 3D format on 5th April. Before we enter cinemas to confront a more shocking T-Rex, it might be a good time to learn some trivia facts to refresh your memories and enhance your knowledge of the movie. Here’s 20 facts you might not have known about Jurassic Park.


1. Harrison Ford turned down the role of Dr. Alan Grant.



2. Michael Crichton’s agents circulated the book to six studios and directors. Warner Brothers wanted it for Tim Burton to direct while Columbia was planning it for Richard Donner. Fox was also interested and was intending the project for Joe Dante, while Universal wanted ‘Steven Spielberg’ to direct. Crichton was reluctant to submit to a bidding war, He instructed his agents to put a set price on the film rights and he could decide who was more likely to actually get the film made. After interviewing all the prospective directors, he agreed to sell the rights to Universal and Steven Spielberg, who was already his first choice.



3. Generally speaking, any shot of a full dinosaur was computer-generated, but shots of parts of dinosaurs were of animatronics.

Stan Winston Jurassic Park


4. To study the movement of the Gallimimus herd, the film’s digital artists were ordered to run along a stretch of road with some obstacles, their hands next to their chest.

Gallimimus herd

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