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Jurassic Park is a 1993 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and the first of its eponymous film franchise, based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton.

Scientists funded by billionaire John Hammond discover the ability to bring extinct animals back to life via a complex cloning process. To make a profit off this technology, Hammond and his company, InGen, decide to build a theme park featuring living dinosaurs.

This in itself would not be such a bad idea, except the organizers rush to get it open, build it on a remote island, and have almost no security personnel, deciding to automate the whole thing with unreliable computers — even refusing to tell the software designer what the system is for.

Naturally, everything that can go wrong does go wrong, because if it didn't, there wouldn't be a movie.

The film is labeled as having one of the most revolutionary breakthroughs in visual effects that changed movie-making. Despite going to great lengths to create extremely convincing animatronic dinosaurs, this was balanced with groundbreakingly realistic CGI ones. The CGI involved essentially killed the use of muppets and stop motion in modern film. In spite of the requisite Hollywood mistakes, many palaeontologists and dinosaur fanatics also loved it. The moment in the film where the characters first come across a dinosaur in full view and are just blown away, "'s a dinosaur!" could be its generation's equivalent to the Star Destroyer overhead from Star Wars: A New Hope.

The film was a massive success becoming one of the all-time highest grossing films. It spawned a major pop culture franchise with several film sequels; The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), Jurassic World (2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), and a Universal Studios theme park ride.

It celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2013 with a theatrical re-release with 3-D Movie technology.

Character tropes (including dinosaurs) go on to the Characters Sheet.

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  • 1-Dimensional Thinking: When Alan is rescuing Tim from the park car caught up a tree, and the car starts to break through the branches above them and fall, how do they escape? By rapidly climbing down the tree. Not, say, around to the opposite side of the tree trunk where the vehicle is not falling.
  • Aborted Arc: The subplot of the sick Triceratops does not come of anything (beyond getting Dr. Sattler off the tour) or get mentioned again, while in the book it was revealed the dinosaur got sick because it was swallowing gizzard stones to help with digestion and accidentally ate some poisonous berries with them. The movie leaves out this explanation (in fact it's explicitly stated to be wrong), so it's never made clear why the Triceratops is sick.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene:
    • In the middle of the first film, Sattler and Hammond eat melting ice cream and talk about flea circuses. It's really quite touching.
    • The equivalent scene in the book happens with Hammond and Dr. Wu eating ice cream and chatting, right after the chapter where Dennis Nedry's death is described in gruesome detail. The exchange is also a little more sinister, as Hammond monologues about how inventing things that would save mankind could never turn a profit. Crichton's tone vs. Spielberg's, in a nutshell.
    • The scene in which Grant and the kids climb into a tree to rest for the night is a break in the action after the intense T. rex attack from just minutes earlier. The characters are given some time to get to know each other better, and the brachiosaurs show that there are some things in the park that can be beautiful and peaceful.
    • The film also ends on a very quiet note, where the characters silently reflect in their helicopter while it flies away.
  • Action Prologue: The first scene of a Velociraptor being transfered to an enclosure and killing a guard.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • In the novel, Hammond was a typical Jerkass with plenty of Never My Fault moments and he suffers a Karmic Death. His movie incarnation is a relatively decent man and gets to survive too.
    • When the T. rex breaks out of its enclosure, the literary version of Ian Malcolm simply jumped out of the car and ran, much like Regis in the novel and Gennaro in the film. Jeff Goldblum suggested that he instead distract the T. rex, so that Grant can get the kids to safety. That being said, in the novel, the attack went From Bad to Worse incredibly quickly and was apparently over before either Alan or Ian could help; Malcolm only gaps it when the rex comes for their car.
  • Adaptational Intelligence:
    • The film version of Lex is made older than she was in the book and given knowledge of computer systems. Contrasting, her brother Tim was made younger and loses the computer systems scene, but maintains his knowledge of dinosaurs.
    • Inverted by Muldoon. In the book, he was the one who spotted the raptor ambush, i.e. the classic hunting strategy of an animal he's an expert on. In the film he was the one ambushed by the raptors.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Gennaro, a reasonably fit, brave, and definitely-not-Tyrannosaurus-chow protagonist, is more-or-less turned into Ed Regis from the novel, a spineless lawyer/PR rep who abandons two helpless children and gets eaten soon after. Taking it further, Book!Regis actually has a My God, What Have I Done? reaction when he realizes that he abandoned the children and keeps kicking himself for it afterward (although Gennaro never really gets the chance to reflect, unlike Regis).
    • In the book, Dennis Nedry had a reason for sabotaging the park and stealing the dinosaur DNA beyond sheer greed: InGen had essentially blackmailed him into adding extensive modifications to their already-extensive computer systems for no pay. In the movie, he's given no such justification and is in it for the money.
    • Oddly enough, Grant is a (minor) example: his character arc involves him starting as a (mild) Child Hater and growing out of it through Character Development. His book version loves children (he finds their curiosity and love of dinosaurs endearing). Steven Spielberg's Author Appeal at work.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Gennaro. In the novel, he goes along with Muldoon to catch the Tyrannosaurus, manages to fend off a Velociraptor attack, intimidates a ship captain with Techno Babble, and survives to the end. In the film, he becomes a Dirty Coward who dies a particularly embarrassing death and the scene where he fights off the raptor in the novel gets transferred to Ellie.
    • More downplayed, but the movie's Dilophosaurus compared to the book's version. While both are vicious predators, in the novel, Nedry is terrified of their calls, and tries to flee before he even sees them. It helps that the novel's Dilophosaurus are more accurate to the real animal, described as standing ten feet tall and capable of lifting a man with their jaws, while the version in the film is only about dog-sized. Subverted as it turns out to be a Killer Rabbit.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • Many side plots from the book are written out in the movie and several characters are combined and their fates change. Several of these sequences were revisited in an altered state in the sequel films (such as the pterosaur aviary, river boat attack, Procompsognathus beach encounter, and hadrosaur stampede).
    • Most notably, in the film, John Hammond was a kindly old man who just wanted to share the magic of dinosaurs with people. He's not even all that interested in the monetary benefits of creating a dinosaur park. In the novel, he's a manipulative Jerkass who, while still visionary, really just wants people's money, and won't listen to anyone's advice about how dangerous the situation is. And he gets eaten by a flock of chicken-sized Procompsognathus. Apparently this change was because Spielberg saw a lot of himself in Hammond.
    • There's also the way the park is viewed as a whole. In the book, it had numerous problems in addition to the dinosaurs finding a way to breed, such as the fact that several of them had escaped and were attacking children on the mainland, to the point of where one might think that Nedry's sabotage only sped up the inevitable. In the film, we get the implication that everything would have worked out fine if not for Nedry.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication:
    • The film is still a very good adaptation, but compressing the book meant removing most of the exposition of the book, which contained some explanations that filled multiple small logic gaps present in the movie, such as why the Triceratops was sick (oddly, the actual explanation from the book is specifically shown to be wrong).
    • In the book, Ian Malcolm's criticisms of the park were based on the sheer complacency on display and the fact that the park was completely unequipped to deal with anything unexpected, which would inevitably occur given the dinosaurs were an unknown random element. In the movie this part of the story is downplayed, so he's reduced to vague ideological "You tampered in God's domain" arguments.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole:
    • The use of frog DNA is more justified in the book, where it's indicated only a few select species have fragments of frog DNA, and the majority of the DNA used to fix up dinosaur DNA is avian or reptilian; the other justification given is that DNA only has minor genetic differences across all forms of lifenote , with the implication that they thought they were patching missing code to parts where it wouldn't matter. The movie removes all this explanation, leaving the use of frog DNA as something of a Voodoo Shark, as you'd wonder why they didn't use DNA of an animal more closely related to dinosaurs.
    • Early on Dr. Sattler is enthusing about an extinct plant she found on the island in a scene absent from the book. There's no explanation on how they could have recreated it or why, and it's never mentioned again.
  • Adaptation Inspiration: The book is very clearly against the idea of Jurassic Park, portraying it as a postmodern simulacrum where a thin veneer of fabricated wonder masks corporate greed and scientific incompetence. Although it follows the same basic plot points, the film goes to the complete opposite end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, presenting Hammond as a benevolent father figure and earnestly reveling in the scientific miracle that's happened, even as chaos theory takes the reins and the park starts breaking down.
  • Adaptation Species Change:
    • In the novel, the sick dinosaur was a Stegosaurus instead of a Triceratops (the former of which does not make an appearance in the movie outside of its misspelled name in the embryo tubes).
    • The sauropod that the characters see first when they arrive at the part is changed to a Brachiosaurus from Apatosaurus/Brontosaurus (the former of which does not appear in the book).
    • The dinosaur stampede that Grant and the kids get caught in and ends with the T. rex eating one of the dinosaurs is changed from hadrosaurs to Gallimimus.
  • Adapted Out: Several characters present in the novel are removed in the movie, such as Dr. Marty Gutierrez and Ed Regis (although many of Regis' traits were put into Gennaro's character).
  • Adult Fear: There's the scene where the two kids, Lex and Tim, are trapped under the roof of the park car with the T. rex trying to break it to get to and kill them. For a little while, there's nothing the adults can do, and the kids are screaming at the top of their lungs the whole time. The absolutely horrified look on Grant's and Malcolm's faces when she flips the car and continues to crush it onto the children personifies the utter helplessness and terror that an adult would feel in such a situation.
  • Age Lift: In the novel, Tim was the older sibling and Lex was the younger. Steven Spielberg swapped their ages so Joseph Mazzello, who he had to reject for Hook for being too young, could play Tim.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: A variant; they climb in between the drop ceiling panels and supports, and the actual ceiling.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Nedry assumes this about the Dilophosaurus, and tries to distract her by throwing a stick. It doesn't work, so he figures she's just stupid. Then she eats him. Even dogs will prefer a meaty steak to a bone.
  • All-Natural Gem Polish: The bugs trapped in amber come out in nice chunks.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The 3D file manager that Lex uses near the end is actually real. It was a shell for the IRIX operating system (which is indeed a UNIX derivative) made by Silicon Graphics, who used to be a major Hollywood supplier of CGI technology. They even released a limited Jurassic Park edition of the computer with the company co-founder's signature.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Grant and co. are finally surrounded by the raptors. The leader of the pack looks right about to pounce... and then Rexie comes in.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Not intended to be one, but thanks to a combination of human pride and treachery mixed with a healthy dose of Nature's wrath, it succeeds in doing so.
  • Analogy Backfire: John Hammond tries to compare the park's problems to Disneyland not working when it opened.
    Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but John, when Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.
  • Animal Stampede: Alan, Lex, and Tim get caught in a stampede of Gallimimus; they survive it by hiding behind a log.
  • Artistic License – Geography: The scene where Nedry makes the deal to sell the embryos is supposedly in San Jose, Costa Rica, at a restaurant next to a beach. In reality, San Jose is completely landlocked, surrounded by mountains and isn't near any large bodies of water. With Nublar located in the Pacific, it would have been better to use Puntarenas (the place where the supply boat comes and goes from in the book proper) for that scene, but Puntarenas also doesn't have restaurants that look so rustic so close to the beach (it does has restaurants which are on the beach. Just none with buildings made of bamboo).
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • There's an in-story reason for this, as the genetic scientists had to fill in gaps in the dinosaurs' DNA sequences. None of the creatures are 'real' dinosaurs, but "genetically-engineered theme park monsters". For instance, Dilophosaurus did not spit venom or have frills and Velociraptors were approximately 1.5 feet tall and had feathers. Giving the Dilophosaurus a frill and venom furthered the theme of chaos. There is so much of the animal that doesn't fossilize, so you never really know what you are going to get when you clone them or it could just be a mistake in the cloning process. The book's Velociraptors were based on Deinonychus, found in Montana where Dr. Grant is introduced. However Michael Crichton followed paleo-artist Gregory S. Paul's suggestion that Deinonychus should be reclassified as a type of Velociraptor. The paleontology community disagreed but Paul's book "Predatory Dinosaurs of the World" and Crichton's/Spielberg's Jurassic Park cemented it as the name the general public uses.
    • One inexcusable example is that Tyrannosaurus "eyesight is based on movement", since Grant mentioned before he even knew of the park's existence. While at the time, not much research had yet been done on T. rex eyesight, the statement was still pure speculation, and has now long since been debunked (Tyrannosaurus is currently believed to have had exceptional eyesight, better than those of humans or even birds of prey). This is an example of artistic license only in the film, as in the novels it was retconned similar to the examples above.
    • The film and the park itself is called 'Jurassic Park' but, save for the Dilophosaurus and the Brachiosaurus from the start, the most memorable dinosaurs are all from the Cretaceous period.
    • In addition to the above, if you listen closely to the tour guide, he describes Dilophosaurus as the earliest predatory dinosaur. However it lived in the Jurassic Period, millions of years after the earliest theropods appeared in the Triassic.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Tim getting electrocuted by the fence actually wouldn't happen in real life the way it does in the movie; his entire body was touching the fence at that point, thus he wasn't grounded and the electricity had nowhere to go (this is the same reason birds can perch on a wire). If he had stepped foot on the ground while holding onto the fence as it was on, he would have realistically faced an electrical shock then, but the movie foregoes that in order to create suspense.
  • Bad Vibrations: The famous "shaking glass" scene when the T. rex realizes the fence is no longer active.
  • Beeping Computers: The computers at the lab produce beeping sounds for effect.
  • Behind the Black: The big reveal of the Brachiosaurus has a massive dinosaur hiding just off-screen until Grant and the others notice her, whereupon she starts making loud calls and huge, thumping footsteps they couldn't possibly have missed; even if they could, there turns out to be an entire herd of dinosaurs just off to one side they would have to have seen on the drive in.
  • Bilingual Bonus: At the beginning, when Gennaro is being pulled on the raft-thing, the miner says, in Spanish, "I bet you a thousand bucks he falls!" Then he does fall.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Ellie Satler, Lex and Tim, Ian Malcolm, and John Hammond manage to escape Jurassic Park alive after the dinosaurs are released, but several other people have died and Hammond's dream has been destroyed.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Played straight right off the bat with the black InGen worker, Jophery, who gets killed in the first scene. Later averted when Arnold is among the last to die after everything goes to hell.
  • Brick Joke: Alan at the end:
    Alan: Mr. Hammond, after careful consideration I have decided not to endorse your park.
    Hammond: So have I.
  • Buffy Speak: A very subtle instance, while Nedry is trying to dislodge his Jeep from the log using a winch.
    Nedry: Winch this sucker off the thing, then I ... tie it to the ... that thing there, then I ... pull down this thing here and I pull it back up again...
  • By Wall That Is Holey:
    • With a hole in a falling car.
      Tim: Well...we're the car again.
    • And again with Tim and a dinosaur ribcage near the end.
  • Call-Back: When they first encounter the T. rex, Lex inadvertantly draws it over to her and Timmy by switching a flashlight on. Later, when they head to the kitchens to escape the raptors, she makes a point of switching all the lights off.
  • Camping a Crapper: Gennaro ends up being eaten by Rexie while sitting on a toilet.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Used after the system reboot to emphasize that things are finally going right for a change.
      Alan Grant: [on the phone] Mr. Hammond? The phones are working.
    • And earlier, when he and Ellie have seen the first Brachiosaurus:
      Alan Grant: [pointing at the Brachiosaurus, barely able to believe what he's seeing] It's a dinosaur.
  • The Cassandra: Malcolm predicts that things will turn wrong and chaotic. His concerns are dismissed by other characters, before they are vindicated by the dinosaurs.
    Malcolm: Boy, do I hate being right all the time!
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Ian gets one before Rexie's Dynamic Entry:
    Ian: Does anyone feel that? That's an impact tremor, is what it is. I'm fairly alarmed here.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: Early in the film, Grant gives a lecture about Raptor hunting tactics: using one in the open as a distraction while others attack unseen from the sides. He probably should've told Muldoon about that...
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Lex brags to Tim that she is a hacker, which comes in handy later when she is able to reboot the phones.
  • Chewing the Scenery: How Robert Muldoon is introduced. "SSSSHOOOOOOOOOOOOT HHHHHHEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!"
  • Closer Than They Appear: The Trope Codifier is the view of the charging T. rex in the rearview mirror, with the hilarious lampshading caption "objects in mirror are closer than they appear".
    Malcolm: Must go faster.
  • Comfort Food: Hammond and later Ellie indulge in ice cream for stress relief.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Ellie in one scene when Hammond is explaining the park's appeal:
    Hammond: Our attractions will drive kids out of their minds.
    Alan Grant: What are those?
    Ellie Satler: Small versions of adults, honey.
  • Composite Character: Gennaro was basically Ed Regis (a Jerkass publicist from the book), with Gennaro's name and law degree. He's also supposed to be muscled, but in the movie, that went to Malcolm.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • The T. rex showing up at the end to bust into the Visitors' Center, kill the raptors and, inadvertently, save Alan, Ellie, Lex, and Tim. In the original script, Grant was going to operate a man lift in the lobby to crush a raptor into the T. rex skeleton while Hammond takes care of the second with a shotgun, but Spielberg felt they needed to bring the living T. rex back one more time. And he was right.
    • During the famously frightening "Raptors In The Kitchen" scene, one of the raptors knocks over some pots and pans with its tail, happening to hit Tim and Lex who are crawling past it one aisle over and they panic, making more noise. Tim hides just around a corner next to a bunch of hanging ladles and other utensils, hitting most of them and barely avoiding detection by the raptor. And then the one ladle that he didn't touch falls off its handle all by itself and clangs on the floor. Improbable? Yes. Scary? You bet it is.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: At the end, Tyrannosaurus vs. Velociraptor. Tyrannosaurus wins.
  • Covered in Gunge: Lex, after a Brachiosaurus sneezes on her.
    Tim: God bless you!
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Tim is revived easily after being shocked by the electric fence. Justified in that he was hanging in the air at the time, which would lessen the damage considerably.
  • Critical Staffing Shortage: Most of the usual staff go home for the night/weekend, leaving Hammond and a few others behind, about half of them visitors and away from the main facility. They still expect to be okay, but then the power goes out and all hell breaks loose. In the book the park is intentionally understaffed to save on personnel costs.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Tyrannosaurus rex vs. Velociraptor. Guess who wins.
  • Cutting Corners: Like in the book, Hammond does this by relying on cutting edge automation to cut down on personnel. For another, the dinosaurs are still able to breed, but even that can be attributed more to Dr. Wu's arrogance rather than Hammond being cheap. There's also no locking mechanisms on the vehicle doors.
  • Danger Takes A Back Seat: Well, technically, a passenger seat (the Dilophosaur with Nedry).
  • Dark Reprise: At the end of the movie, a somber piano reprise of the main theme is heard as John Hammond looks back at the encased mosquito as he reflects on how his entire dream has been completely crushed and shattered. It also fits in with some of the bittersweet elements too though, such as how they all made it off safely and Dr. Grant has warmed up to the grandchildren.
  • David Vs Goliath: The aforementioned battle between the Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptors.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Ian Malcolm.
      Ian: Now eventually you might have dinosaurs on your, on your dinosaur tour, right? Hello? Yes?
      Hammond: [watching on camera feed] I really hate that man.
    • Later:
      Ian: [After surviving being knocked down by a T. rex] Remind me to thank John for a lovely weekend...
      Ian: [after being chased by a T. rex] Do you think they'll have that on the tour?
    • Another one:
      Hammond: I don't blame people for their mistakes, but I do ask that they pay for them.
      Dennis: Thanks, Dad.
  • Death by Adaptation: Gennaro and Muldoon survive in the first novel but are killed in the first film.
  • Death by Genre Savviness:
    • Subverted, where Ian Malcolm, who has been predicting disaster from the start, is attacked by Rexie but survives.
    • Played straight with Muldoon, who knows exactly how dangerous the dinosaurs are, and is killed by a Velociraptor. A strange case of Death by Adaptation, since he survived the encounter in the book specifically because of his knowledge of raptor hunting tactics.
  • Death by Irony: Happens less so than in the book, but it does happen:
    • Like in the book, Denis Nedry gets eaten by a Dilophosaurus sometime after he shut down the park's security systems.
    • When the T. rex shows up, Gennaro flees the car and leaves Lex and Tim to their fate while he hides in a bathroom stall so as to not get hurt. After Malcolm gets Rexie to chase him, she destroys the bathroom stall, and kills Gennaro.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Lewis Dodgson's role is reduced to a single scene, while in the book, he was arguably the closest thing to a human Big Bad.
    • Gerry Harding, who is a prominent character in the later half of the novel and the park's leading veterinarian, is reduced to a single scene.
    • Dr. Henry Wu, who leads Jurassic Park's genetics team in cloning the dinosaurs, only appears in one scene in the first third of the movie, is given a much bigger backstory and lasts until nearly the end of the story in the book. Since the movie had all non-essential staff moved out before the storm and had very little exposition in comparison, Wu's backstory was lost and he ended up Spared by the Adaptation.
  • Description Cut: "We'll be all right as long as they can't open doors."
  • Deus ex Machina: It appears the protagonists are about to be killed by the raptors when the T. rex appears and attacks the raptors, allowing them to escape. This in itself isn't that far fetched but what is is the fact that the T. rex appears rather suddenly and is already in the visitor center, despite there being no way she could have appeared by surprise the way she did.
  • Door Handle Scare: After being chased through the facility by a group of raptors, the two kids run inside a room and close the door. Grant claims they are safe as long as the raptors don't learn how to open doors. Cue the doorknob turning.
  • Dramatic Landfall Shot: The helicopter's arrival at Isla Nublar.
  • Draw Aggro: Both Alan and Ian try to get Rexie to go after them when she's attacking the kids. They succeed, but Ian is injured and separated from the rest and Gennaro is killed.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Velociraptors are treated as such by Grant and Muldoon. They are also presented that way in the opening scene to drive home to the audience that modern predators have absolutely nothing on ancient predatory dinosaurs. It's even noted that Nedry of all people made sure that the raptor paddock was exempted from his shutdown program.
    • The T. rex is treated this way by Muldoon and Hammond even before she breaks out. Then after she does, everyone and everything quickly learns to run like hell at the first sign of her approach. The raptors are the only things that don't seem to fear her. It doesn't end well for them.
  • Dropped Glasses: Nedry is killed in this way.
  • Dumb Dinos: Averted—the human characters often underestimate predatory dinosaurs like the Velociraptor and the Dilophosaurus with fatal results.
  • Dungeon Bypass: After finally getting the lock systems working so they can seal the control room from the raptor trying to kill them, she just jumps through the giant window right by the door.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: John Hammond creates a zoo for dinosaurs. He plans it as a tourist attraction, but when a saboteur shuts off the fences, the animals start attacking people.
  • Everyone Owns A Mac: Dennis Nedry's terminal into the Jurassic Park supercomputer network is a Mac.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The entire point of Hammond's theme park attraction ... and then the dinosaurs get loose ...
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: During the discussion over dinner, Grant, Ellie, and Malcolm argue against Hammond's plans for the park. He laments that the only one to side with him is the "bloodsucking lawyer" (Genarro), who's only concerned with the potential profits. Genarro takes the joke in stride.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Grant and the kids come across a herd of Gallimimus running together across a field.
    Dr. Grant: Look at them, they're changing direction in unison like a flock of birds evading a predator!
    Tim: Uh, they're flocking this way...
    [enter the T. rex, who kills one of the Gallimimus]
  • Extreme Graphical Representation: The 3D, video game-like computer interface Lex uses to interact with the Jurassic Park systems was a real, though unfinished, file manager called fsn.
  • Famous Last Words:
  • Fearsome Foot: The approach of Rexie is once shown by her foot coming down into the shot and sinking into the mud.
  • Finger Wag: Nedry's computer is secured by a patchwork animation of himself condescendingly wagging his finger at unauthorized users and repeating the phrase, "Ah-ah-aah... you didn't say the magic word."
    Arnold: PLEASE! Goddammit! I hate this hacker crap!
  • Five Rounds Rapid: The park security staff are armed with tasers, assault rifles, and shotguns, and only the last of these are taken out and used when the park's automated systems fail. This is distinct from the novel, where at least a limited supply of munitions more suitable for taking down rogue dinosaurs is present on the island.
  • Foreshadowing: The first half of the movie has moments that hint at serious design flaws in the park, as well as scenes of nature just plainly not cooperating with human control:
    • The very first scene of the movie has what looks like a high-tech, ultra-secure method of transporting dinosaurs which fails with little effort.
    • Grant's seatbelt in the chopper is made of two female buckles ( Grant's resolution of this might be intended as very subtle foreshadowing of the female dinosaurs "finding a way"). Ellie seems to have no problem tying hers on, which means he didn't just grab Ellie's by mistake.
    • Grant, Ellie, and Malcolm can easily break out of the restraints during the presentation.
    • The Dilophosaurus and T. rex no-shows.
    • The car doors aren't locked during the tour. This is lampshaded by Muldoon.
    • The entire tour is rushed to try and beat an approaching tropical storm, rather than waiting for it to pass.
  • For the Funnyz: When Grant touches the (inactive) perimeter fence and acts as if he's being electrocuted. Alexis is not amused, but Tim thought it was funny as hell.
  • Freudian Trio: With Hammond as the Id, Malcolm as the Superego, and Grant as the Ego.
  • Funny Background Event: In his scene with Dennis, Dodgson exits his car he's being driven around in, and neglects to shut his car door. His driver has to get out and shut it for him, throwing him a dirty look and gesture from behind him.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Is this ... auto ... erotica?" (Hammond somehow manages to immediately guess he means "animatronic".)
  • Glasses Pull: When Grant sees his first dino, he takes his hat off, followed by his shades. Then, he puts his hand on Satler's head and turns it in the direction of the dino, and she does the same thing.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Arnold and the others realize that the only way to wipe out what Nedry did and get the park back online is a total system shutdown, which will wipe out what little electrical power they have left, resulting in the Velociraptors being finally let loose. It was either that or wait seven days for the dinosaurs to die from lysine deficiency (which the dinosaurs had managed to overcome, unbeknownst to anyone).
  • Gone Horribly Right: Hammond's dream of creating dinosaurs did work. It just went horribly right and got people killed.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • The film opens with a Dead-Hand Shot of Jophrey the worker being dragged away by the Velociraptor.
    • When Ellie and Muldoon search for Grant and the kids, they find, off camera, bloody evidence of Gennaro's death.
      Muldoon: I think this was Gennaro.
      Ellie: [standing several feet away] I think this was too.
    • Nedry's death is conveyed by the Jeep he's in shaking wildly, and a shot of the phony shaving cream can containing the stolen embryos being buried in the mud running down the hillside.
    • Although Muldoon's death is mostly obscured through the bushes, there's a Freeze-Frame Bonus wherein you can see that the raptor has his head in her mouth.
  • Hacked by a Pirate: Probable inversion, as the hacker screen came up only after Arnold's attempt at hacking Nedry's computer to restore security.
  • Have You Tried Rebooting?: When the operators are locked out of the computer system, they restart it entirely and manage to gain access again. This unwittingly screws things up more.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Tim's foot gets stuck under the jeep, preventing him from escaping before the T. rex pushes the car down the slope and into the tree. This gives Grant a chance to rescue the boy.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hammond and the whole InGen team, in some way, but Nedry especially. He disables the park fences so that he can pass through the paddocks on the maintenance roads. He succeeds in getting into the Dilophosaurus paddock...
  • Hostile Weather: Rainfall due to a tropical storm gets Nedry killed who disabled the park's safety system. The plan was to get the power back on after a couple of minutes but without his intervention the electric fences remain without power and an Escaped Animal Rampage ensues.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Lex and Tim go through the most danger of anybody in the movie (that even includes Alan) but survive (although they certainly are in a mess by the end). Other characters face a lot less danger but die. Tim, especially, who falls down a cliff in a half-crushed car and gets shocked by a very powerful electric fence.
  • Improbable Taxonomy Skills: Grant is able to perfectly describe the exact hunting methods used by raptors, despite only having their bones to work with. And then there's them knowing that Rexie hunts by motion...
  • Inside Job: The plot is kicked off by park employee Dennis Nedry sabotaging the park's security systems in order to facilitate his theft of dinosaur embryos to sell to Biosyn, one of InGen's competitors.
  • Instant Convertible: A small version of this happens to the Jeep when Muldoon, Satler, and Malcolm are fleeing from the T. rex and hit a tree limb that has fallen across the road. The Jeep was already a convertible and had the roll bars and roof removed, but the branch still breaks the windshield off and would have decapitated everybody if they didn't duck to avoid it.
  • Ironic Echo: Hammond repeatedly tells everybody very proudly "We've spared no expense." After the park goes completely to hell and his beloved grandchildren and Dr. Grant go missing, he talks with Dr. Sattler. He tries to explain the park to her, and she points out that the park was always doomed. Hammond is clearly completely broken, and she tries to make him feel better by complimenting the ice-cream, and he once again says, without any of his previous pride, "We spared no expense..."
  • Irony:
    • Despite Hammond's constant declarations of "We've spared no expense," the park is undone entirely due to the expenses he did skimp on; notably, leaving the security for masses of incredibly dangerous animals entirely in the hands of a single IT guy who is explicitly stated to have been the lowest bidder and has financial troubles of his own.
    • Spielberg liked the ending for having the dinosaur bone exhibit getting demolished by the real deal ... and took the irony further by having the T. rex behind a banner that read "When the Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth".
    • Having brought Grant and Sattler to the park intending to have them help assuage the concerns of the lawyer Gennaro, when faced with a meeting wherein the lawyer can see nothing but dollar signs and the scientists are urgently impressing upon him the potential disaster that Jurassic Park is, Hammond can only ruefully reflect:
      Hammond: I don't believe it. I don't believe it! You're meant to come down here and defend me against these characters, and the only one I've got on my side is the blood-sucking lawyer!
  • Isle of Giant Horrors: The film is about an abandoned dinosaur theme park on a tropical island, inhabited by cloned dinosaurs.
  • Jump Scare:
    • "Where's the goat?" [THUNK]
    • "Mr. Hammond, I think we're back in business—" [Cue Velociraptor attack]
    • The Dilophosaur's frill that suddenly opens.
  • Killer Rabbit:
    • "Squeeeeeeeee-hoo-hoo?" Come on, it's only a stupid spitting Dilophosaurus—ARGH I'M BLIND!
    • wht_rbt.obj (the virus that Nedry inserted into the system) also qualifies.
  • Kubrick Stare: When Grant says, "You've bred raptors...?"
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Some of the merchandise in the gift shop is real, including the book "The Making of Jurassic Park (though the cover is different) It can't be seen in the movie, but the cover of Grant's book that Tim carries has a forward written by Sir Richard Attenborough. In light of the merchandising juggernaut that this film became upon its release, this line applies just as much to the real world as it does the film's universe.
    Gennaro: We're gonna make a fortune with this place.
  • Lighter and Softer: The film is much, much tamer than the novel; for one, the book starts off with a man who was the victim of a Velociraptor mauling so brutal, his bones and arteries could be seen through his wounds, and he vomited blood from his mouth like a fire hose as he died. The movie also starts off with a fatal Velociraptor attack, but it cuts away before the actual death. Nedry's death is also much more descriptive and explicit, as he is disembowelled by the Dilophosaurus and later, the other characters come across his partly-eaten remains.
  • Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: Hammond at the end of the film is particularly sad, for every reason you can think of.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Malcolm's reaction after almost getting killed by T. rex and getting his leg injured?
  • Male Gaze: Briefly. In the scene where Ellie stumbles out of the power station after fleeing the Velociraptors, the camera is pretty blatantly riveted on her butt before she runs toward Alan.
  • Money, Dear Boy: In-Universe. Hammond convinces Grant and Ellie to come to park by offering a very generous grant for their digs.
  • Mood Whiplash: The hatching of a baby dinosaur is quite heartwarming. The mood changes when it turns out to be a baby raptor.
  • Musical Spoiler: Averted. The impressive fanfare kicks in at the exact moment the T. rex enters and kills the Velociraptors, who were about to kill our heroes; there is no musical build-up whatsoever to the climactic fight. This was actually a decision made by Steven Spielberg in post-production; as scored by John Williams, it's more of a case of nature in the raw than an unintended rescue. Listen from 6:53 onwards here.
  • Mythology Gag: Muldoon says they originally had eight raptors. This is how many they had in the book ... well, until the breeding started.
  • Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer: After seeing the live dinosaurs in the park, Grant asks Hammond how he did this and the only answer he gets is "I'll show you" and the scene cuts to them driving up to the lab.
  • Nice Kitty...: Nedry tries to pacify the Dilophosaurus this way ... to no avail.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: Relatively realistic ones, too.
  • No OSHA Compliance:
    • For an island teeming with dinosaurs, the park seems woefully understaffed. The entire security of the park is dependent upon electric fences. There are no backup measures in place to keep the dinosaurs contained if the electricity ever fails. There are no armed security teams on standby in case any of the dangerous dinosaurs ever escape. Robert Muldoon is the only guy on the park with any firearms experience. Nothing prevents guests from getting out of the vehicles while they are moving or from touching the fences. In fact, the "Keep Windows Up" sign on the Dilophosaur paddock indicates that there is nothing to prevent the Dilos from spitting in the guests eyes other than a warning.
    • Exemplified in the scene where they find the sick Triceratops. The site is accessible by the protagonists exiting their tour cars and walking over to it, implying a complete lack of fences or other safety measures between the tour and the habitat of a colossal, potentially territorial beast.
    • The very first scene of the movie has the staff transporting a raptor. While the cage and padlock system looks very impressive, it only takes the animal ramming the wall once to jar it loose. If there were automatic locks present they were wholly inadequate and there were no manual latches to act as backup. On top of that, the gate must be opened and closed manually by a man standing on top of the cage, resulting in a fatality.
    • A tropical storm is heading straight for the island. Normally they should have had days of warning and would have therefore rescheduled the tour. It's as if Hammond kind of just expected the storm to kindly swerve out of the island's path just for his sake. Which is quite fitting for his character, actually.
    • The tour cars are all remotely controlled with no chaperone. If the control system goes down, the visitors are stranded without anybody to get them back to the Visitor Center.
    • As the fact that the people behind Jurassic Park are shown to be reckless and irresponsible with the untapped power they've unleashed, this is all part of the point. This is discussed in a scene where the scientists basically lecture Hammond at length about the sheer reckless irresponsibility of reviving lifeforms that haven't been seen on the planet for sixty-five million years and shoving them in a theme park to interact with humans without any care for what might possible happen. As an example, Elle points out that the flowers used to decorate the visitor's quarters are actually poisonous, but the park operators have scattered them throughout without a care simply because they look exotic and pretty.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Done exceptionally well throughout with both the big and small (predatory) dinosaurs. Especially the opening scene where the park-worker gets mauled, and later on when Hammond feeds a cow to the velociraptors. You don't see anything, but the terrified lowing of the bull (and the demonic screeching of the raptors) combined with that shot of the shredded, empty harness being lifted out of the enclosure are absolutely chilling.
  • Obvious Beta: The park itself.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Throughout the movie, the T. rex's approach is announced by earth-shaking steps. At some point, she apparently takes a few levels in Ninja, since she somehow manages to sneak up on the survivors and the Raptors at the end. The T. rex enters the lobby through the visitor center's unfinished side wall, by the main door, which is visible (partially covered in scaffolding and hanging plastic) in a brief shot earlier in the scene—though there's no corresponding hole on the outside of the building.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Donald Genarro's reaction to Rexie finding the outhouse he was hiding in was a very memorable one. It also provides the Film sub-page's image.
    • "You've bred raptors?"
    • The look on Grant's face when the car starts to slide out of that tree. Not to mention the looks on everyone's faces when they realize what happened to the goat...
    • The two kids have gotten back to the main buildings, and are tucking into food ... when Lex looks up, and has a classic Oh, Crap! moment when she realizes she's looking at the shadows of raptors in the next room, moving around.
    • Tim realizing that the herd of Gallimimus was suddenly "flocking" into their direction in the first film. "They're, uh ... they're flocking this way", indeed.note 
    • Two in the scene where Rexie chases the Jeep: Ian's classically understated "Must go faster," and Ellie seconds later screaming shit several times at the top of her lungs.
    • Stranded right outside the Tyrannosaurus paddock, Tim notices that the cup of water on the dashboard is vibrating...
    • Also happens a few minutes later when Ian notices the vibrating water in the T. rex footprint.
    • Ellie and Muldoon have this reaction when they leave the bunker and realize that the raptors have escaped.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Sam Neill's American accent holds up pretty well, except for one line during the scene where he throws the stick at the fence.
  • Product Placement: The Ford Explorers used on the tour (replacing the Toyotas from the book).
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "People — are — dying!"
  • Quizzical Tilt: Rexie gives Gennaro one just before eating him. The Dilophosaurus gives several to Nedry while it's sizing him up before it strikes.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The idea of a Dinosaur theme park is viciously torn apart in many ways through out the story, as many people point out all the issues either the park has, or that it will have.
    • Both Tim and Lex make some pretty stupid choices during the movie, but they are still kids after all, kids who have never seen dinosaurs and unlike the adults, have no remote idea of what to do in a dangerous situation. Naturally when the two get into situations where they have no idea what they are dealing with, they both make mistakes. Similarly many of the adults who aren't paleontologists end up making mistakes simply because they have no idea how dinosaurs act, such as when Ian tries to distract the T. rex with a flare but runs with it instead of throwing it right away, causing it to target him and not the flare.
    • Gennaro attempts to run and hide. However he makes the mistake of hiding within the same area that all the T. rex stuff happens and his hiding spot isn't even remotely a good hiding spot. Naturally he gets found and killed for his troubles.
    • Unlike the original novel, the tour goes poorly even before things officially go to hell in the park. None of the dinosaurs show up as the car passes by their enclosures, and attempts to bait the T. rex with live prey fail (until the worst possible time). It's impossible to get an animal to do exactly what you want, up to and including coming into viewing distance when they've got so much territory to cover.
      Hammond: So much for our first tour: two no-shows and one sick Triceratops.
    • The velociraptors may be very intelligent, cunning, and dangerous predators, but they're still animals and are completely out of their depth in the manmade environment of the kitchen with its slick, reflective surfaces.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Sattler joins Hammond eating in the cafeteria of the Visitor Center after everything's gone to Hell:
    Dr. Sattler: It's still the flea circus. It's all an illusion.
    Hammond: When we have control again—
    Sattler: You never had control, that's the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place! But I made a mistake too, I didn't have enough respect for that power and it's out now!
  • Red Shirt: The poor schmuck who gets eaten by a raptor in the first scene.
  • Roadsign Reversal: Nedry suffers an unintentional version of this while trying to reach the dock.
  • Roar Before Beating: Done pretty constantly, with the T. rex, the raptors, the Spinosaurus and the Indominus rex vocalizing a lot when attacking humans.
  • Run or Die: Pretty much the only thing anybody can do against the T. rex and the raptors.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Robert Muldoon, the park's game warden, who is outsmarted and killed by the Velociraptors.
  • Scenery Porn: The panoramic vistas in this movie alone are worth watching the film for. The art direction is incredible. Simply incredible.
  • Science Is Bad: Or reckless science, at least, since most of the problems that happen in the movie stem from the scientists behind Jurassic Park overconfidently plunging ahead and having fun cloning dinosaurs without considering the possible consequences of their actions or stopping to think about the awesome responsibilities and forces they were unleashing.
    Dr. Ian Malcolm: Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The lawyer has this reaction when seeing the T. rex next to the car, swallowing a goat.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Among the embryos of Stock Dinosaurs in the cryogenic vats are a few labelled Metriacanthosaurus and Proceratosaurus, two dinosaur genera so obscure, they've never appeared in media outside of their names being mentioned in this movie and in supplementary material of the franchise.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Unfortunately, Ian Malcolm's sacrifice was not wholly needed. Dr. Grant had already coerced the Tyrannosaurus into pursuing a flare thrown back into her paddock and away from the scene. Malcolm's sacrifice, while incredibly brave, was unnecessary and ultimately accomplished nothing more than keeping Rexie on the scene, getting himself injured and Gennaro killed in the process.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The shot of the T. rex wolfing down the goat before looking at the cars is modelled after the shot of the Rancor wolfing down the Gamorrean guard before looking at Luke in Return of the Jedi.
    • Malcolm: "What you got in there, King Kong?"
  • Signature Line: While taking Sattler and Grant out to see the dinosaurs for the first time, Hammond says "Dr. Grant, my dear Dr. Sattler... welcome to Jurassic Park".
  • Slasher Smile: The Big One, the leader of the raptors, makes one as she catches sight of the kids escaping the kitchen and gets ready to follow.
  • Slow Electricity: When the main switch is turned back on, the hall lights come on one at a time. (Mocked by "Weird Al" Yankovic in the RiffTrax.)
  • Somewhere, an Entomologist Is Crying: The mosquito in amber from which the dinosaur DNA is allegedly extracted is not only a member of a species that eats only nectar (and thus wouldn't have any dinosaur blood in it), but the individual is male (and thus wouldn't have any dinosaur blood in it anyway). But maybe they were aiming to clone a plant?
  • So Much for Stealth: When the kids are hiding in the kitchen, the raptors are alerted when a soup ladle drops to the floor next to the boy.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The main theme song is a grandiose and adventurous piece fitting for Hammond's vision for the theme park as a whole. Completely ignoring the real horrors that happen such as feeding live animals to the dinosaurs and of course what happens when the power gets switched off.
  • Sound-Only Death: That poor unfortunate bull.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Hammond and Wu die in the first book but survive in the first movie. Also Ian Malcolm, until the second book retconned his death. Wu wasn't a major character in the film, and Hammond wasn't a Jerkass like his literary counterpart. The dinosaurs too; at the end of the first novel, Isla Nublar is napalmed and all the dinosaurs horrifically killed. In the film universe, the napalming apparently doesn't happen, as Rexie survives and is recaptured over a decade later for display in the reopened park, Jurassic World. The ruins of the original Visitor's Center are seen as well, and while it has been reclaimed by the jungle, it is very clearly un-napalmed.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Discussed and subverted. When it's time to send someone to the bunker to reset the circuit breaker, Hammond suggests that he go with Muldoon instead of Dr. Satler. Apparently, the fact that he's elderly and needs a cane to get around and she's young, healthy, and athletic hasn't registered with Hammond.
    Dr. Hammond: It ought to be me going, because I'm a... and you're a...
    Dr. Satler: [gives Hammond a Death Glare] Look, we can discuss sexism in survival situations later.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Features returning favorites Tyrannosaurus rex (complete with a delightful makeover), Triceratops, Brachiosaurus and Parasaurolophus. Also introduced Velociraptor/Deinonychus, Dilophosaurus, and Gallimimus to the mainstream.
  • Stock Sound Effect: A rather inexplicable one too. When Nedry slips down the waterfall after his jeep gets stuck you can clearly hear the stock "slip" sound. Kind of out-of-place in an otherwise serious movie. Spielberg, though, insists it's actually the hook belt on Nedry's jeep that's making the noise.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Hammond trusts the entire security of his park to mere electric fences, and has no backup plan in place if electricity ever fails. There is also no security force on stand-by for emergencies. Robert Muldoon is the only armed person in the entire island. Lampshaded at the end by Hammond himself when he realizes his mistake.
  • Take That!: Dr. Robert T. Bakker is dissed when Tim is pestering Dr. Grant about books that he read written by Bakker and Grant himself. Tim is shut up when he first mentions Bakker by Grant promptly slammming the car door of Tim's car closed. Some of the sting was probably taken out of all this by the fact that book!Grant is an Expy of Bakker himself.
    • Hardly unexpected. The consulting paleontologist on the Jurassic Park series is Jack Horner, who is Bakker's main rival in the field.
  • Tech Marches On: Nicely averted by the movie. The original novels described the Jurassic Park computer network as consisting of multiple Cray X-MP machines. By the time of the movie, those machines weren't the computing behemoths they were considered to be back in the day, and they decided to replace them with Connection Machine CM-5 supercomputers instead. This makes sense in-universe as that's the kind of machine a business that needed ridiculous amounts of computing power at the time would have plumped for, and it made sense visually because the CM-5 computers were utterly festooned with Blinkenlights, making them the ideal movie prop.
  • Tempting Fate: The raptors are contained, right? "Unless they figure out how to open doors." Guess what happens. Taken to ridiculous extremes in the RiffTrax.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: The Jurassic Park theme kicks in for T. rex herself, who proceeds to kick raptor ass and save the day.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich:
    • The commissary scene, where the main characters are debating the ethics of dinosaur cloning. Did any of them even touch the food that was in front of them? Though Ellie seems to have utterly lost her appetite after seeing the raptors feed.
    • After the kids are dropped off at the restaurant to eat something, and they load their plates with goodies from the buffet, a raptor suddenly shows up, sniffing for them from behind a decorative screen. Whatever hunger pangs they have go completely ignored from then on to the end of the movie.
  • Toilet Humour:
    • "Dino ... droppings?"
    • "That is one big pile of shit." Said by Ian as another scientist goes arm-deep in a gigantic pile of Triceratops feces, looking for traces of poisonous berries. (Laura Dern said that every day since 1993 there are children asking if she was "the woman who put her hand in dino poop".)
      Ian Malcolm: She's, uh... tenacious. You will remember to wash your hands before you eat anything!
  • Too Clever by Half: Ian Malcolm accuses Hammond and his team of genetic scientists of this.
    Ian Malcolm: I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power you're using here: it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done, and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you do—
    John Hammond: I don't think you're giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody's ever done before...
    Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should!
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • After shutting down all power to all security defenses across the island, Ray Arnold volunteers to trek across the perilous, dinosaur-filled park to the utility shed alone to flip the circuit breakers. In his exuberance at potentially getting the park back online, he doesn't even ask for game warden Robert Muldoon to accompany him. This hasty decision inevitably gets him eaten by the dangerous predators he forgot to take into account, made even more dangerous by the park reboot releasing the Velociraptors from their enclosure.
      Robert Muldoon: Damn it, even Nedry knew better than to mess with the raptor fences!
    • It doesn't occur to Muldoon that the reboot may have shut off the raptor fences, despite that being his first concern earlier.
    • If Nedry had enough time to use the winch to get his Jeep unstuck after taking a wrong turn and getting lost on the way to meet his contact at the docks, he should have had enough time to drive a little slower and not crash it in the first place.
  • Touché: Muldoon's famous "Clever girl" line when he see the raptors Out-Gambitted him.
  • Trapped with Monster Plot:
    • Hostile Weather ensures that the group is trapped with the raptors in the park.
    • Nedry and Muldoon both encounter dangerous dinosaurs alone. They don't make it.
    • After restoring power to the park systems, Dr. Sattler is startled to discover that a Velociraptor is inside the bunker with her.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Lex and Tim. Let's see, their parents are having a rocky relationship, so their grandpa, Hammond, invites them to Jurassic Park to get away from the fighting. Expecting a fun time there, they arrive only to find that Grant doesn't like them (at first); the T. rex breaks out and nearly eats them, while Gennaro leaves them; Tim, trapped in a car, is pushed down into a tree; Lex is traumatized after Gennaro left them; Grant saves Tim from the tree but they have to out-climb the falling car; they then have to outrun more dinosaurs; Tim gets shocked by the fence as his sister watches in tears; once they make it to a building and finally eat something on their own, two Velociraptors show up and try to hunt them down; and by the end of the movie, they're both physically a mess.
  • Uncovering Relationship Status: Malcolm asks Grant if Dr. Sattler is available. Grant asks why and Malcolm apologizes as he understands that Grant himself is dating her.
  • Understatement: "Mr. Hammond, after careful consideration, I've decided not to endorse your park." Hammond agrees.
  • Un-Paused: When Tim is stuck on the fence, he gets ready to jump on "three". He gets thrown off on two. When he comes to, he finishes the countdown.
  • Villainous Rescue: Grant, Sattler and the kids are cornered by the Velociraptors, who are just about to attack when Rexie comes out of nowhere and slaughters them.
  • Villainous Valour: The last raptor attacks the T. rex despite the Tyrannosaurus killing her remaining partner with a single bite and outweighing the raptor by several tons.
  • Wham Line: A light-hearted scene in which the protagonists witness the birth of a newborn dinosaur takes a sharp turn for terrifying with the identification of its species.
    Dr. Grant: You bred raptors!?
  • Wham Shot: The Brachiosaurus, the first dinosaur we see in all her glory onscreen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of Arnold is his dismembered arm at the power station. We never learn what happened to him.note 
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never hear of the sick Triceratops after her scene, nor do we find out why she got sick in the first place. In the novel, it's discovered that while she wasn't actively eating the poisonous berries, she was swallowing pebbles (to aid digestion, they're called gastroliths); the berries which fell off their bushes left enough residue to sicken her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Hammond spends much of the movie on the receiving end of these. The dinner scene in particular has him facing a barrage of them from Malcolm, Satler, and Grant. To be fair, most of Malcolm's dialogue with Hammond throughout the movie are these.
      Malcolm: Genetic power is the most awesome force the planet has ever seen, and you wield it like a kid who found his dad's gun. [...] Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.

      Dr. Satler: Well, the question is, how can you know anything about an extinct ecosystem? And therefore, how could you ever assume that you can control it? I mean, you have plants in this building that are poisonous, you picked them because they look good, but these are aggressive living things that have no idea what century they're in, and they'll defend themselves, violently if necessary.

      Dr. Grant: The world has just changed so radically, and we're all running to catch up. I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but look... Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution, have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?
    • Later, Ellie nails him with a particularly poignant one over ice cream.
      Hammond: When we have control again—
      Dr. Satler: You never HAD control, THAT'S the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too, I didn't have enough respect for that power and it's out now. The only thing that matters now are the people we love.