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Jurassic Park
Character: Dr. Ellie Sattler
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Michael Crichton, David Koepp
Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R. Molen
Other cast: Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, BD Wong, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson
Release date: September 12, 2013 (Italy)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Running time: 2h 7min

In Steven Spielberg's massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler and mathematician Ian Malcolm are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond, assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

Taglines

→ Life finds a way.
→ Remember. Return. Relive in 3D. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the adventure 65 million years in the making. [3D re-release]
→ Celebrate the 20th anniversary in 3D and IMAX 3D.
→ Welcome to…
→ Unleash the Beasts.
→ Caution! Alive Inside.
→ An adventure 65 million years in the making.
→ The most phenomenal discovery of our time… becomes the greatest adventure of all time.

Trivia

All of the cast were given a Raptor model, signed by Steven Spielberg as a gift. It looked very frightening, and Ariana Richards has it in her house to shock anyone coming in, like a guard at the gate. Jeff Goldblum’s model has a prime spot in his house and is a cherished object. Laura Dern put her Raptor model in her son’s room near his crib. When he was older and saw it he screamed like never before. She had to put it in storage, but hopes one day, the two will be friends.

While discussing chaos theory, Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) shamelessly flirts with Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern). After meeting on this film, the two began a romantic relationship, and were engaged for two years before breaking up.

Laura Dern thought the first scene with the Brachiosaur was very tender. She recalled shooting the scene, where the actors were looking at an X on a piece of paper. Grant loses the power in his legs because Sam Neill thought seeing something so mind boggling would make you faint. When Steven Spielberg first edited the scene, the temp music was the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V (1989). Phil Tippett thought it perfect and said “you did it, you crazy son of a bitch”, not knowing that was a line from the movie.

The Brachiosaur scene was the second dinosaur scene with the actors, and took a long time to film, because Sam Neill and Laura Dern had to react to nothing most of the time, and Steven Spielberg was coming up with new shots on the spot.

Laura Dern loved filming the Raptor attack in the tunnels of the maintenance shed.

Production moved to Red Rock Canyon State Park, chosen for its similarities to a Montana dinosaur dig, where Sam Neill and Laura Dern filmed they’re first scene; they were coached by Jack Horner, the premier paleontologist and curator of paleontology at Bozeman, Montana’s Museum of the Rockies.

Quotes

Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.

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.

But you can’t think your way through this, John. You have to feel it.

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. Alan and Lex and Tim. John, they’re out there where people are dying.

Look… We can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back.

Reviews

“Jurassic Park” mixes such horrific touches with sentimental strokes, suspenseful action scenes and occasional droll notes. The camera effectively winks at a “Jurassic Park” souvenir book shown at a concession stand (though this may be most clever to those who plan on selling programs). Mr. Spielberg also gets a last laugh by letting a T. rex muscle aside a museum exhibit of a dinosaur skeleton, rising up against a banner that reads “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.” Obviously, they rule again. – Janet Maslin