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John Arnold
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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.

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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, "...it'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.

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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 doesn't come to 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 transferred to an enclosure and killing a guard.
  • Actor Allusion: When describing Sam Neill's character, Dr. Grant, the jefe of the Mano de Dios mine says that "you'll never get him out of Montana". Neill's character in The Hunt for Red October wanted to move to Montana after defecting to the United States.
  • 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, riverboat 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 life,note  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 Personality Change: In the original book, Gennaro ends up turning into The Lancer for Alan Grant, and he even punches out a Velociraptor! The film turns Gennaro into a Dirty Coward that gets eaten by a T-Rex whilst sitting on a toilet. John Hammond in the original book is The Scrooge and a tyrant who shortchanges people (giving fat programmer Dennis a reason to betray him), has a Never My Fault mentality, and then suffers Karmic Death. The film turns Hammond into a kindly old man who truly thinks that what he's doing is a good idea (which it isn't), and one result of the change is that Dennis comes off as more of a Jerkass for betraying him!
    • Though, to be fair, Genaro's characterization (and manner of death), mirrors Ed Regis, InGen's PR guy from the book, making him more of a Composite Character.
  • 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.
  • 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 her 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 T. 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 Jerkass: 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Admiring the Abomination:
    • Muldoon sees the Velociraptors as Worthy Opponents, to the point his last words are complimenting them for sneaking up on him.
    Muldoon: Clever girl.
    • And when Grant, Tim and Lex see the T. Rex hunt down and kill a Gallimimus, Lex is freaked out and immediately wants to leave. Grant and Tim, however, stare utterly fascinated by how the big predator moves and eats its prey.
  • 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: Alan, Ellie, Lex and Tim do a variation of this. They're in the Visitors' Center kitchen, and can't get out the doors because of the raptors running around. So, they make their way to the center's lobby by removing ceiling panels and climbing up inside. Not into the actual air vents, though.
  • 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: Someone pulls amber out of a mine, and it's shiny already. All the miners did was grind off some of the rock in which the amber was encased.
  • 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: The heroes are about to get eaten by Velociraptors, but the T. Rex shows up, trounces the raptors and saves the day. How it appeared there without anyone noticing, or why the protagonists are now less terrified than they were earlier, remains completely unexplained (there was a barely noticeable hole in the wall it possibly came in through). According to the producers, they were struggling with the ending when they came to the realization that it was really the hero of the movie, and that was when everything fell into place.
  • Amoral Attorney: Donald Genarro, though much more lacking in morals than in the original novel. Highlighted when he abandons the kids when the T. rex shows up, only to then be eaten by said rex.
  • 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.
    Dr. Hammond: I simply don't understand this Luddite attitude, especially from a scientist. I mean, how can we stand in the light of discovery and not act?
    Dr. Malcolm: Oh, what's so great about discovery? It's a violent, penetrative act that scars what it observes. What you call discovery... I call the rape of the natural world.
  • Animal Nemesis: "The Big One" to Muldoon, who knows just how monstrous the former is and is determined to stop her. He fails.
  • Animal Stampede: Alan, Lex, and Tim get caught in a stampede of Gallimimus; they survive it by hiding behind a log.
  • Animals Not to Scale: Early in the film Velociraptor is described as resembling a "six-foot turkey". The comparison to turkeys is rather interesting, considering that turkeys are the modern birds most comparable to Velociraptor in size. Yes, the real thing was more of a turkey-sized turkey.
    • However, a credible reasoning for this is that, at the time the film was made, the larger Deinonychus was considered a species of Velociraptor by Gregory Paul, the primary source of reference for Michael Crichton.note 
  • Appeal to Nature: Malcolm states that bringing back dinosaurs is bad partly because that's going against natural selection.note 
  • Artistic License – Biology: Arnold mentions a "Lysine contingency" as a last-resort method of bringing the park under control. According to him the dinosaurs are genetically engineered to be unable to manufacture the amino acid lysine, and will die in 24 hours if not supplied with it in their food. The thing is there are many organisms alive right now who are incapable of synthatising lysine and who are dependant on dietary lysine to survive - one of those species is homo-sapiens! Fortunately for us there are plenty of food sources that are lysine-rich including fish, beef, chicken and various kinds of beans. There is nothing stopping escaped dinosaurs from adopting a lysine-rich diet and surviving too.
  • 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 have restaurants which are on the beach, just none with buildings made of bamboo).
    • At the end of the movie, the helicopter flies off into the sunset. As in, west and away from the mainland. There's nothing but Pacific Ocean in that direction for about five thousand miles; unless they made an immediate course correction after fading to black or had infinite fuel, they wouldn't see land again until Kiribati.
  • 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.
    • Grant is seen carrying an actual velociraptor toe claw around in his pocket for much of the film. Grant, an eminent paleontologist, more than anyone would know how fragile and valuable (both monetarily and for research) something like that is and would not be carrying it like that.
    • 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.
  • 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 on to 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.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Rexie — after throwing the last Velociraptor into the T. rex skeleton — turns around and roars in triumph while the "When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth'' banner falls down as if it's a crown bestowed upon her.
  • Bad Vibrations: The famous "shaking glass" scene when the T. rex realizes the fence is no longer active.
  • Beeping Computers: After the protagonists basically reboot the entire park to get the power back up, the computers come on with a "System Ready" prompt and a blinking cursor. A blinking cursor that also beeps. This would get really annoying on a real computer. However, this was the only point where such a contrivance was used in the back-end systems, and was conceivably put in as a "The multi-billion-dollar theme park is ready to go, please get off your butt and get started" reminder for easily distracted computer operators. Or put in by Nedry in one of his less-destructive Jerkass moments.
  • 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.
  • Being Watched: Muldoon notices that there's a velociraptor waiting for him and Ellie in the bushes near the shed. What he doesn't spot, though, is the other velociraptor... until it's too late.
  • Big Door: The park has a big, impressive gate whose sole purpose is to look impressive for park visitors. Malcolm jokes about it looking like the gate from King Kong (1933) (which is a joke on how it mimics its design).
  • Big Entrance: The T. Rex is introduced this way, starting with her audible footsteps leading up to her tearing through the (no longer) electrified fence and culminating with her Mighty Roar.
  • Big Eyes, Little Eyes: Used with a twist. The dinosaurs have little eyes, like they did in nature. Then the T. Rex gets right up next to the jeep and peers in, and that eye that looked so small from a distance turns out to the size of the kids' heads, which re-emphasizes the sense of scale.
  • Bigger on the Inside: When Grant and Sattler enter their trailer, from the outside it's simply a camper that looks like it barely has enough headroom. Once inside, it's as big as a double-wide, and the ceiling extends a good 2-3 feet above their heads.
  • 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.
  • Bio Punk: Arguably the Trope Codifier. The story focuses heavily on the themes of scientific ethics, man's hubris and the force of nature being beyond our control.
  • 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 five other people have died, three of whom were overall decent people, and Hammond's dream has been destroyed. Even Gennaro and Nedry, while both were greedy cowards, didn't truly deserve what they got.
  • Black and Nerdy: Ray Arnold is the park's chief engineer, a nerdy field, though he displays no nerdy characteristics. Contrasting him is Dennis Nedry, who is a standard, fat, white computer nerd.
  • 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.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Averted. At one point, Dennis Nedry loses his glasses. He looks for them for about a second before saying "I can afford more glasses", being in a hurry to catch a ship. His sight is not drastically affected. However, not having his glasses leaves his eyes vulnerable to the spat venom of the Dilophosaurus.
  • Book-Ends: The crisis at Jurassic Park begins with the T-Rex breaking loose and attacking the guests. It ends with the T-Rex breaking into the visitor's centre and attacking the velociraptors that threaten the surviving guests.
  • Break the Scientist: A benign version would be Ellie and Alan's miniature freakout the first time they see a dinosaur. They're more broken by the sense of awe than anything else, and a few minutes later Alan is observing the movement patterns to confirm one of his theories.
    They DO move in herds.
  • 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:
    • A car is falling upside-down onto Dr. Grant and Tim, but luckily, they are only covered by the cabin portion of the vehicle, the top of which had previously been removed by a T. Rex.
      Tim: Well...we're back...in the car again.
    • And again with Tim and a dinosaur ribcage near the end.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: After Tim is electrocuted by the fence, Dr. Grant spends a few moments trying to bring him back, which works so well that Tim finishes his last sentence. Though they did make some token gestures indicating that he was not completely fine, such as burnt hands, bleeding ears and a limp for the rest of the movie.
  • Call-Back: When they first encounter the T. rex, Lex inadvertently draws her 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 Hobby: Lex insists she isn't a computer-nerd, preferring to call herself a hacker. Later in the film, she is the only one not fighting dinosaurs to work the park's security system that is run by computers.
  • 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...
  • Chewing the Scenery: How Robert Muldoon is introduced. "SSSSHOOOOOOOOOOOOT HHHHHHEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!"
  • Chromatic Arrangement: The film gives color-coded wardrobes to all of the characters in the initial party. Alan Grant wears blue, Ellie Sattler wears pink, John Hammond wears white, Ian Malcolm wears black, and Donald Genarro wears grey. In the context of the film, the color choices all clearly fit their roles: Grant and Sattler are the Official Couple who act as parental substitutes to Lex and Tim, Hammond and Malcolm have opposing ideological viewpoints, and Genarro is a neutral Amoral Attorney whom Hammond and Malcolm both try to sway to their side.
  • Classy Cane: Hammond carries a cane in many scenes (also walking with a slight limp), holding the hardened amber that contains a mosquito. This mosquito carries preserved dinosaur DNA which lead to the creation of the dinosaurs in the park.
  • Closer Than They Appear: The Trope Codifier is the view of the charging the T. rex in the rearview mirror, with the hilarious lampshading caption "objects in mirror are closer than they appear".
    Malcolm: Must go faster.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Hammond - White
    • Sattler - Pink
    • Grant - Blue
    • Malcolm - Black
    • Muldoon - Beige
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The movie uses certain color conventions, according to a fan analysis on the Jurassic Park Legacy website. Dr. Grant, the hero, wears the "hero colors" of red and blue, while Dr. Sattler wears similar but more feminine shades of pink and purple. Hammond, the park's creator, and the one accused of "playing god", wears all white and has a white beard, while Malcolm wears black to emphasize his opposition to Hammond and his "chaotic" nature.
  • 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.
    • When a panicking Genarro runs to the outhouse upon seeing Rexy for the first time, Grant and Malcolm (not seeing what he just did) completely misread his intentions.
      Grant: Now where does he think he's going?
      Malcolm: When you gotta go, you gotta go.
  • 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.
  • Content Warnings: “Jurassic Park has been passed ‘PG’ (Parental Guidance). Parents are warned that this film contains sequences which may be particularly disturbing to younger children or children of a sensitive disposition.”
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • When the power goes out, the jeeps stop right in front of the T-Rex paddock.
    • 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 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, the Tyrannosaurus rex vs. the particularly large, aggressive and ruthless Velociraptor known as The Big One. The Big One doesn't make it.
  • Covered in Gunge: Lex, after a Brachiosaurus sneezes on her.
    Tim: God bless you!
  • Creating Life Is Bad: The film initially shows us that Creating Life Is Awesome. But, not all the characters agree. When the dinosaurs are released, the film falls cleanly into Creating Life Is Bad.
  • 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 Dilophosaurus 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 Tyrannosaurus takes on the last two raptors, allowing the humans to escape.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Dead-Hand Shot:
    • When Jophrey the worker is killed at the beginning, his death is signified by a closeup of his slowly relaxing hand slipping free from Muldoon's grasp in dramatic Slow Motion.
    • A much more, uh, literal variation is done with Arnold. After being attacked by a raptor, Ellie bumps up against a cabinet, and Arnold's hand comes down and appears to grab her shoulder. She sighs in relief, only to turn and discover it's just his arm.
  • 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.
  • Death by Pragmatism: Just before the Tyrannosaurus Rex breaks out of its paddock, Gennaro panics at the first sight of the beast and flees into a nearby toilet, leaving Hammond's terrified grandchildren in the car by themselves. The giant predator begins attacking the car and ends up flipping it, trapping them inside, and prompting Grant and Malcolm to try and distract it with flares. The T. rex catches on to Malcolm and begins chasing him towards the toilet where Gennaro is hiding, demolishing the straw structure and knocking Malcolm under the bales, leaving Gennaro to face a particularly well-deserved and humiliating death when the T. rex finds him sitting on the can and devours him. He's the only person who doesn't survive the encounter.
  • Decoy Hiding Place: Lex tricks a velociraptor into charging her reflection in a stainless-steel kitchen counter.
  • 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.
  • Dented Iron: Tim repeatedly survives what grown adults would be lucky to survive, but because of this, he has a limp, his hair is singed, one of his ears is bleeding, his arm is bandaged up, and he generally looks dazed. In his brief appearance in the sequel, he still has a bit of a limp, the poor kid. Also, according to this Character Blog, he's also severely, hilariously, traumatised.
  • Description Cut: "We'll be all right as long as they can't open doors."
  • Desk Sweep of Rage: Arnold sweeps a whole lotta crap from Nedry's desk while trying to fix the damage that Nedry's sabotage caused.
    Arnold: Look at this workstation! What a complete slob!
  • 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.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: The early scenes — the stuff before the dinosaurs break out — are actually some of the more interesting scenes of the movie, since they focus on the idea of a dinosaur zoo rather than on simple survival. Given how many of the video games have been about managing such a park and ignoring the movie's themes of chaos theory and dinosaur breakouts, it looks like these scenes had a surprising impact.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Grant grabs a road flare to distract the T. rex that is attacking the kids' car. The T. rex roars at Grant in response, which causes him to falter slightly. He recovers quickly when he realizes that the T. rex is seeing the flare and throws it off and watches as she follows the thrown flare.
    • Which was his plan, knowing the T. rex would follow the movement. What he didn't think about was Ian grabbing another flare and leading her away. By the time Ian threw his flare away, he was running so the T. rex ignored the smaller moving target to get the larger one (Ian).
  • Digital Head Swap: During an action scene, a stunt double who was suspended over a mat (which later became a raptor's mouth) looked directly up at the camera. Normally this would have ruined the shot, but the effects team were able to splice the normal actress' face over that of the double, turning an otherwise unusable piece of film into a particularly heart-stopping moment.
  • Disastrous Demonstration: John Hammond, who boasts that he "spared no expense" invites renowned paleontologists Allan Grant and Ellie Settler to endorse the park on behalf of the paleontological field. Mathematician Ian Malcolm is brought in to oversee/calculate the potential shortcomings and risks of the park. Lawyer Donald Genaro is sent by the company to reassure investors that the enterprise is not a waste of money or time. Hammond's grandchildren, Timmy and Lex are on the island to test the interest of the parks target demographic. As the story progresses, a monetary dispute results in lead programmer Dennis Nedry shutting off the park's security, which leads to Malcolm, Grant, Lex, Timmy, and Genaro getting attacked by an escaped T. Rex, which seriously wounds Malcolm, and eats Genaro. A Dilophosaurus then has a chance encounter with Nedry and eats him. The Velociraptors also escape their enclosure and kill another programmer and the park's game warden, and nearly kill the survivors if it wasn't for the T. Rex's timely intervention. Grant then tells Hammond he refuses to endorse the park as they flee in a jeep.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The T. Rex causes the first human death and sends Grant and the kids running. However, while she pops up several times after her breakout, the Raptors become the bigger threat to the cast once they break free when the plan to reboot the park's computers ends up cutting power to their paddock's fences; after their escape the focus of the film is the casts' attempts to avoid them.
  • Doomed Contrarian: Genarro first disagrees with the scientists, then abandons the party.
  • 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.
  • Door of Doom: John Hammond deliberately invokes this by having the guided tour of the island begin by entering a large, impressive door, but it's more for show than anything.
    Ian Malcolm: What have they got in there, King Kong?
  • 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: Among other bad things that happen to Nedry during his death scene, this is one of them. Partially justifies his failing the spot check of not noticing the Dilophosaurus entering his jeep and also adds to the Karma (if he had been wearing his glasses, they would have saved him from being blinded by the venom spit).
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Lex reacts this way when Grant pretends to get zapped by an electric fence. Tim, however, doesn't.
    Lex: That's not funny.
    Tim: (snickering) That was great!
  • 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.
  • Eaten Alive: Several humans get eaten by dinosaurs and all of the others kept getting threatened to get eaten. Other dinosaurs got eaten as well, including a Velociraptor as the T. Rex appeared Just in Time.
    • Donald Gennaro, after abandoning the Hammond children in a car to go hide in the bathroom when the T-Rex shows up, gets the ignominious honor of being nommed on the toilet after the T. Rex knocks down the building he's in. In the original novel, it was Dirty Coward Ed Regis, the Public Relations manager of InGen, who did this (and got eaten).
    • Worst cases are Robert Muldoon and John Arnold who fall prey to the raptors, of which it was explicitly stated earlier in the film that they don't bother killing their victims first, they just slice them up and start eating them alive.
    • Nedry got eaten by the Dilophosaurus. The book describes this scene with gruesome detail, while the movie gives us a nice discretion shot
  • 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.
  • Everybody Owns a Ford: All the tour vehicles are Ford Explorers, due to Steven Spielberg owning one, which he particularly liked.
  • 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 film shows a 3D computer interface that is actually a real program — FSN (short for File System Navigator), a proof-of-concept file-system manager included with every SGI. (It's no longer available on SGI's site, but someone has made a similar program called FSV.) However, prior to the system reboot, what we see of the computers is a combination of specialized UIs and plain old command-line.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The majority of the film, starting with when the helicopter lands on Isla Nublar, takes place from one morning to the next. And even the moments before it are set in that same month.
  • Fainting: Alan Grant starts to faint upon Hammond's big reveal of living dinosaurs.
  • 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.
  • Flawed Prototype: Once the power goes out.
    Hammond: When they opened Disneyland in 1955, nothing worked!
    Malcolm: Yeah, but John, when the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists!
  • Food Chain of Evil: The T. Rex eats a Gallimimus and a Velociraptor.
  • 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 Science!: Hammond invokes this:
    Hammond: How can we stand in the light of discovery... and NOT act?
    • Despite this, it comes across as a flimsy justification rather than his true motive, which is a combination between making an absolute butt-load of money and because darn it, dinosaurs are really COOL.
  • 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.
  • Fragile Speedster: The Gallimimus are among the fastest dinosaurs in the park, but lack any other defenses against predators and as such are easily killed by the Tyrannosaurus rex (who is a Lightning Bruiser). Similarly the Velociraptors are speedy killers towards similarly sized prey, but anything bigger than them are perfectly capable of taking them down
  • Freudian Trio: With Hammond as the Id, Malcolm as the Superego, and Grant as the Ego.
  • From the Latin "Intro Ducere": Dr. Grant starts describing velociraptors, mentioning their birdlike qualities. He declares that "Even the word "raptor" means bird of prey!" That is true.... but only in English. The "raptor" in "velociraptor" is a Latin word meaning "seizer or "thief" (it just happened to evolve into the meaning "bird of prey" in English somewhere down the line) and velociraptor was so named probably because the scientists describing it thought that they raided nests, stealing eggs and hatchlings. Velociraptors 'are' very birdlike, but their naming is just a coincidence.
  • 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.
  • Gender Bender: The all-female dinosaur population gradually has some of them turn male. This is due to the fragmented dino DNA that created them being "repaired" with the DNA of a frog species that can change gender.
  • Gender Flip: The film switches the roles of Hammond's grandchildren, making Lex the older one and the computer genius. This was done in order to give Lex more characterization. In the original novel Tim was a Teen Genius that was both computer savvy and obsessed with dinosaurs, while Lex was just annoying.
  • Gendercide: As they're driving through the park, Malcolm starts in on one of his little monologues, before Ellie commandeers it. Also apparently a Lampshade Hanging on the fact that women and girls tend not to die in Spielberg's work.
    Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs; God destroys dinosaurs; God creates man; man destroys God; man creates dinosaurs.
    Ellie Satler: Dinosaurs eat man ... woman inherits the Earth.
    [Malcolm and Grant give Ellie a vaguely worried look]
  • George Lucas Altered Version: While the film got an authentic transfer in the 2012 Ultimate Trilogy boxset, the version released in 2014 was rife with this. It featured a Blue And Orange Contrast colour grade, various odd sizing changes such as the size of Rexy's head and making Muldoon's thighs bigger, removing Rexy chomping on the head of a Gallimimus, or just cleaning up Jeff Goldblum's hair for a specific scene (not to mention heavy use of Digital Noise Removal, removing a lot of the finer details). On the other hand, various infamous goofs are fixed, such as a light in the back of a shot or the cables used to flip the Jeep in the T-Rex breakout scene.
  • 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.
  • Go Fetch:
    • Grant is able to stop a pissed T-Rex from crushing a stalled jeep (with children inside) with a flare. Unfortunately Malcolm decides he's going to do the same thing... it doesn't go as well for him, as he keeps moving after throwing it. Justified in that the Rex's vision is supposed to be so bad in the dark and the rain that all it could follow was the movement of the flare.
    • Dennis Nedry tries it with a Dilophosaurus. It looks at him like he's an idiot before it starts spitting venom at him.
  • 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).
  • Goggles Do Something Useful: The night-vision goggles let Tim know that the T-Rex is loose.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Hammond's dream of creating dinosaurs did work. It just went horribly right and got people killed.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: A zoo which houses dinosaurs? What could possibly go wrong here?
  • 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.
  • Great White Hunter: Muldoon is about as close as you'll get to this trope being played straight in the modern day. He was technically a game warden, though, but the look and the 'tude were there; close enough. Muldoon was really something of a subversion in that he leaned more toward the anti-heroic end of the scale. He is not portrayed in a particularly romantic manner, and is in fact an embittered, highly cynical man who hates the raptors and wishes he could kill them all - and considering what happens throughout the course of the film, it's hard to blame him.
  • Groin Attack: Between the slash across the chest and stomach, Grant slashes across the kid's crotch with his raptor claw to scare him.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Alan Grant's SPAS-12 loaded with slugs proved unable to even hit Velociraptors behind glass, and the weapon suffered a stovepipe jam in the end.
    • In fact nobody in this film who has possession of a gun ever benefits from having it, Muldoon's fate being a prime example.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Dr. Grant gives an impromptu lecture about the possible links in ancestry between the velociraptor and birds while at an archeological dig site. He gets interrupted by an obnoxious kid, who quips the raptor, "looks like a big turkey." So Grant, much to the amusement of his students, teaches the boy a lesson in respect by explaining exactly how that "turkey" hunted and killed its prey. Grant shows him the raptor's middle toe claw and swipes it across the boy's belly then down his midsection to illustrate the cutting motion it used to spill the victim's intestines; finishing his tutorial by telling him that, "The point is, you are alive when it starts to eat you."
  • 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.
  • Imprinting: Hammond, the creator of the park, insists on being at every dinosaur's hatching so the baby dinos will imprint on him.
  • 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!
      Genarro:note  Thank you.
  • Isle of Giant Horrors: The film is about an abandoned dinosaur theme park on a tropical island, inhabited by cloned dinosaurs.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ian Malcolm can be described as this. Although he spends most of the movie making critical comments about the park and at one point flirting with Dr. Sattler, he actually nearly sacrificed his life just to allow Dr. Grant save the kids from the T. Rex.
  • Jump Scare:
    • "Where's the goat?" [THUNK]
    • "Mr. Hammond, I think we're back in business—" [Cue Velociraptor attack]
    • The Dilophosaurus'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 disemboweled by the Dilophosaurus and later, the other characters come across his partly-eaten remains.
  • Locked in a Freezer: Lex and Tim shove one of the raptors into the Visitor’s Center kitchen’s walk-in freezer and shut the door.
  • Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: Hammond could very well be a textbook example. Guy wants to make something of lasting beauty and appeal, accessible to all, and in the process enrich the world. What does he get? Out of control dinosaurs and several instances of "I told you so"'.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Malcolm's reaction after almost getting killed by the 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.
  • Mighty Roar: After escaping from her paddock, Rexy announces herself quite loudly.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Exposition: Mr. DNA, who explains to the audience how they were able to clone the dinosaurs from their DNA.
  • 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: Hammond boasts that he spared no expense on the public parts of the park, but he evidently skimped on the behind-the-scenes matters that keep it functioning.
    • Jurassic Park is woefully understaffed. Even though the park is not officially open for business, the animals are in place and most of the park infrastructure has been built. In spite of this, Hammond's operational and maintenance staff barely seems to exceed a few dozen at most.
    • Animal containment is criminally inept. Herbivores graze near the entrance of the park with no barriers of any kind, allowing the arriving party to walk up to the habitat of a colossal, potentially territorial beast without so much as encountering a sign dissuading them. This is exemplified in the scene where they find the sick Triceratops. Carnivores are kept at bay using electric fences with no backup in case power fails, something even animals in the real world can and do break if they notice they aren't being shocked anymore. The "Keep Windows Up" sign on the Dilophosaurus paddock indicates that there is nothing to prevent the Dilos from spitting in the guests' eyes other than a warning.
    • The only animals in any way reasonably contained are the velociraptors, but they too have problems. The very first scene of the movie has the staff transferring a raptor into the paddock. As impressive as the system looks, it's defeated by the raptor simply ramming its cage while the door is being opened, causing the unsecured cage to bounce away from the gate and provide an escape route. Had said raptor been more concerned with escape than eating one of the workers, it would have been gone. The cage should have been secured to the gate in some fashion to prevent exactly this scenario. On top of that, the cage must be opened and closed manually by a man standing on top of the cage, resulting in a fatality.
    • There are no armed security teams on standby in case any of the dangerous dinosaurs ever escape, and Robert Muldoon is the only guy on the park with any firearms experience.
    • Nothing prevents guests from getting out of the tour vehicles while they are moving, though Hammond at least has the good sense to note they should add locks after this glaring oversight is made apparent to him. For that matter, once out of the vehicles, there is nothing to prevent the guests from touching the fences, which have lethal levels of electricity running through them. 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 possibly 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 approach of the T. Rex 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.
      Genarro: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord be with...AAAAAHHHHHH!
    • And just before that, he and the kids react with horror when what's left of the goat lands on their vehicle's roof. And when Rexie first rears her head, Gennaro looks like he's about to piss himself before running to the outhouse.
      Genarro: Oh, Jesus! Oh, Jesus!
    • The kids then have this reaction to Genarro abandoning them.
      Lex: He left us! He left us!
    • "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.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: When Grant gets ready to troll the kid who mocks Velociraptor, Ellie mutters "Oh, no... here we go..." which suggests that he's done this before.
  • 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 throughout the story, as many people point out all the issues either the park has, or that it will have. The lunch scene in particular has everyone save Gennaro pointing out how flawed the park is. For example; Ellie points out that Hammond has poisonous plants in the visitor center because of Rule of Cool. The main point all three make is, is that there is no way to predict how Dinosaurs will work in a theme park, and that no amount of expensive technology can stop that.
    • What kicks off the plot? An employee death at the hands of one of the Raptors causing Hammond's investors to begin thinking of backing out unless the park is verified as safe by experts. Investors are not going to want to invest in something that can make them liable for mistakes or accidents happening, especially with something as unknown as a Dinosaur theme park.
    • 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 her 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 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.
    • Nedry, in his hurry to get to the docks, speeds through the park in the absolutely hellish rainstorm without taking the chance to make sure his visibility was good enough, both in terms of the car and his own glasses. As a result, he finds his vision getting difficult to see and ends up crashing his car, leading to him eventually dying.
    • 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. Things like reflective services, slippery terrain, and things meant for decoration throw them off because they don't understand what they mean.
  • "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 and the raptors 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!: Gennaro 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:
  • 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. One of the embryos in the cryogenic vats is labeled Stegosaurus (albeit misspelled as "Stegasaurus"), which doesn't appear until the sequel.
  • 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.
  • Stress Vomit: Tim has one in the tree after the first encounter with the T-Rex
  • Super Spit: The Dilophosaurus dinosaur that kills Dennis Nedry can spit poison at its victims.
  • 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 slamming 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.
  • Technology Porn: The Macs and the SGI workstations in the film.
  • 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 the 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 Ellie Sattler 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.
      Grant: You have no idea.
      Malcolm: (to Sattler) 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 dinos 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.
  • Undignified Death: Gennaro dies cowering on the toilet when Rexie knocks over the hut while pursuing Malcolm and uncovers him. She picks him up off the seat and shakes him around like a terrier with a rat.
  • 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.
    • When Ellie and Muldoon walk to the maintenance shed to find Arnold and complete the startup routine, they walk past the raptor paddock... and see the hole in the fence...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?
    • The audience never learns what happened to the stolen embryos: They are last seen being rapidly buried in the mud; the subplot involving InGen's rival company BioSyn and its attempt to seize the dinosaur embryos as well as its sleazy representative, Lewis Dodgson, also disappear in the sequels (although they were the major antagonists in the sequel novel, they were left out of the movie adaptation). Since the embryos only had a few hours of coolant, it's presumed that they rotted. At least their ambiguous fate provided some handy fuel for the tie-in video game (which is confirmed canon, if with some Continuity Snarls).
    • We never hear of the sick Triceratops after her scene, nor do we find out why she got sick in the first place. The novel explained that while the stegosaurus 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. This was dropped from the film (possibly due to time constraints). Instead you hear that it was NOT the poisonous plants which leaves the poor triceratops' fate unknown.
    • The last we see of Arnold is his dismembered arm at the power station. We never learn what happened to him.note 
  • 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.

 
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