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  • One that's more for the special effects crew than the characters: Grant gazes out of the jeep idly, until disbelief creeps over his face. Astounded, he whips off his sunglasses, stands up to get a better look, then grabs Dr. Sattler to get her to look and she does the same. Right there, in broad daylight, is a completely convincing Brachiosaurus.
    Dr. Grant: Um... it's... it's a dinosaur.
    Hammond: Dr. Grant, my dear Dr. Sattler... welcome to Jurassic Park.
    • Then, of course, you have the crescendo of music throughout the scene.
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    • For many people, Dr. Malcolm's reaction perfectly summed up people's opinion of Spielberg at that moment:
      Dr. Malcolm: You did it... You crazy son of a bitch, you did it.
    • Even Gennaro is blown away.
      Gennaro: [breathless] We're going to make a fortune with this place...
  • Oddly enough, the real Crowning Moment of Awesome in Jurassic Park is the Deus Rex Machina, when she kills the two Velociraptors that had Grant and the others cornered, then gives a final triumphant roar as a banner saying "When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth" floats down in front of her. Awesome. May also qualify as a Big Damn Heroes moment, though Rexy more or less served as the main antagonist in the movie prior to the third act.
    • The "When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth" banner fluttering in front of Rexy could be seen as either a crown being bestowed upon her or a mic drop.
    • A deleted scene from the first movie plays this out differently, but no less awesome: The Velociraptors have cornered Grant and the kids, the one in front of them's about to spring... suddenly, a gunshot rings out and the raptor falls to the ground. Grant and Co. turn to see who the mystery shooter is. It's Hammond. Yes, you read that right. Hammond takes down a Velociraptor. It would also have doubled as extreme Character Development for Hammond, seeing as he had spent most of the film refusing to let any of the animals be killed, even when they're dangerous.
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    • A minor note, Rexy's response to one of the raptors jumping upon her back and attempting to slash and bite at her neck? Grab the raptor and crush it in her jaws before throwing it as hard as she can into the mounted tyrannosaur skeleton.
      • Even better? Perhaps she was cloned from that Skeleton. If so, then she is using her own dead body as a weapon.
  • "Clever girl."
    • Muldoon is walking awesome. "Shoot her! SHOOT HER!"
    • Not to mention that smug look he gave after managing to outrun, or outdrive, a T. Rex.
    • Note that Muldoon was far more awesome in the book. He takes down multiple raptors by wielding a rocket launcher and drops Rexy with a direct hit to the head with a rocket-launched tranquilizer.
  • Say what you will about Ian and chaos theory but he managed to survive two T. rexes in two films.
    • Three, technically. One in the first, two in the second. And the infant, which admittedly was never a big threat to him on its own.
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    • The first time was him deliberately drawing it away from the others.
      Ian: (to Alan as he's running away) "Get the kids!"
  • Jurassic Park shattered box office records when it came out in 1993, but still fell just short of becoming the first film to gross a billion dollars (that honor fell to Titanic four years later). However, thanks to the 20th anniversary 3D re-release in 2013, Jurassic Park finally made enough to enter the prestigious billion-dollar club. In addition, only two movies before Titanic - namely, The Lion King and Independence Day - came even close to the box office record of Jurassic Park.
  • Before or after, few have managed to even come close to the sheer, unadulterated win that is the Tyrannosaurus rex making her first appearance accompanied with her since-customary roar: Almost like she's saying, "Yeah, I'm a mf'ing T. rex, bitch." Followed by a tour-de-force sequence as she rips a jeep apart before throwing it off a cliff into a tree.
  • A bit of a minor scene, but when Grant and the others are escaping through the ceiling one of the raptors pokes her head in trying to get them. Grant's response? To KICK HER IN THE FACE.
  • Dr. Grant schooling the kid that calls a raptor a "six foot turkey".
    Grant: A turkey? Imagine yourself in the Cretaceous period. You'd get your first look at this. He moves like a bird, lightly bobbing his head. And you keep still, because maybe his visual acuity is based on movement, like the T. rex, and he'll lose you if you don't move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that's when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side, from the other two raptors you didn't even know were there. Because Velociraptor's a pack hunter. He uses coordinated attack patterns, and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this... [pulls out a claw] a 6-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the middle toe. He doesn't bother to bite your jugular like a lion. No. He slashes at you... here, or here... or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is, you are alive when they start to eat you. So, you know, try to show a little respect. [kid nervously nods]
  • The Reveal that the dinosaurs found a way to breed despite being engineered all-femalenote . "Life found a way" indeed.
  • Lex and Tim's escape from the raptors in the kitchen. Outwitting and trapping Velociraptors would be an impressive feat for anybody, but for two unarmed kids scared out of their minds? Awesome.
  • Another for Lex, while Alan and Dr. Sattler struggle to hold the door shut on the raptor, Lex manged to get the door lock systems back online, on a computer she had never seen or use. "I'm a hacker" indeed.
  • The animatronics and costumes for the dinosaurs. The T. rex in the rain scene is not CGI. It's a life sized T. rex animatronic based on real science at the time and moved as real as possible. The Velociraptors are people in life-like costumes. The bulk of the budget was put to making the dinosaurs as lifelike as possible and they hired real Paleo-biologists and given them everything they need (none of it was cheap either) to make them as true to life as they can. It shows. Spared no expense!


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