Jurassic Park

Entrepreneur John Hammond offers to fund Dr. Alan Grant’s paleontology project for three years if he and his associate, Dr. Ellie Sattler will inspect his new island theme park. Corporate backers, concerned about their investment, want a professional endorsement. Unsure of what Jurassic Park is, Alan and Ellie reluctantly agree. Hammond’s two grandchildren, a corporate lawyer, and mathematician and chaos expert, Dr. Ian Malcolm are also invited. Alan and Ellie are incredulous to find living cloned dinosaurs roaming the park, although Alan is alarmed that there are also velocoraptors, a vicious predator. Hammond sends the group on a guided tour of the park, but along the way the electric tour cars break down, stranding them next to the T. rex paddock. A tropical storm is fast approaching.

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Continuity mistake: While Lex and Tim are hiding in the kitchen, when the large serving spoon falls it cuts to the closeup of the two Velociraptors and the tall shelving unit has vanished, but in the next shot when the one of the raptors leaps onto the counter that tall shelving unit is back.

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John Hammond: All major theme parks have had delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked, nothing.
Ian Malcolm: But, John, if the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.

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Trivia: When the grandchildren and Grant are crawling above the drop-down ceiling to flee from the raptors, the raptors at one point have "squares" of light shining on them. If you look closely at this light, these "squares" of light are not really squares, but the letters A T C G, the DNA sequence abbreviations.

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Question: Was there any truth to Hammond's comment that none of the rides at Disneyland worked when the park first opened? I just find that a little hard to believe.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Yes. The first opening day of Disneyland in California was catastrophic. The pavement was fresh and the sun was so hot high-heeled shoes actually sunk into the walkways. Counterfeit tickets were made, resulting in more people than the park had room for. They ran out of food and drinks. Bathrooms clogged and shut down. Many of the rides broke down on opening day. The Storybook Land Canal Boats had to be pulled by cast members in rubber boots. At the time, there were no guide rails for Autopia; some of the cars crashed into each other, making them inoperable. A gas leak in Fantasyland lead to the land being temporarily closed for part of the day.

David Yard

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