Some have criticized the characters as being caricatures, e.g. a cowardly lawyer; a flaky mathematician; an eccentric billionaire; an obese computer programmer; a reluctant father figure, etc. Steven Spielberg has been accused before of resorting to stereotypical behavior over characterization.
Dr Wu, in both the film and the novel, seems unaware of the implications of what he's created; scientists in Michael Crichton novels are often ignorant of the consequences to what they create.
William Hurt was offered the role of Dr. Grant, but he turned it down without reading the book or the script.
Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ally Sheedy, Geena Davis, Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Grey, Kelly McGillis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julia Roberts, Linda Hamilton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bridget Fonda, Joan Cusack, and Debra Winger were all considered for the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler.
Malcolm is interested in a relationship with Ellie; in real life, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern did get involved and were engaged for a few years before breaking it off. Goldblum is famous for striking up relationships with co-stars.
Although his character is against it, Jeff Goldblum thinks a dinosaur safari park is a cool idea.
Steven Spielberg wouldn't have made the film if he felt he couldn't get away with it, or shared a personal connection with it; notions he has on all of his films.
The computer in the back of the computer room with the many (65536) red LEDs is actually a real computer: The Connection Machine CM-5 made by Thinking Machines. It contained many SPARC 2 RISC processors and the LEDs were added to make the machine more aesthetically pleasing than their previous models. Unfortunately, it was not actually a very good supercomputer and the company failed not long afterward. The comment about networking eight connection machines is pretty superfluous as they were meant to be used like this. The bigger problem was writing programs that efficiently mapped onto the data parallel architecture. |