April 29, 2015

A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
Bill Cosby

"The truth, it has the habit of revealing itself"
— Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), Five Little Pigs (2003), Poirot (1989-)

"Every dog, we are told, has his day, unless there are more dogs than days.
Bat Masterson

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 40 of 53)
  • The global success of the film created a worldwide interest in dinosaurs, and a sudden interest in museums.
  • Several of the storm scenes in the film were actual footage of Hurricane Iniki, which struck production during location shoots in Kauai, but because they managed to fit in with the plot, it was decided to use them.
  • Grossed $357 million in the US, and $917 million worldwide. Steven Spielberg made $250 million from the film; the largest sum any individual has made from a film.
  • In the scene where the helicopter lands on the island, dummies were used instead of real passengers because of the riskyness of the descent at that location (Manawaiopuna Falls)
  • Malia Scotch Marmo did some rewrites on the final script but remains uncredited.
  • Dylan McDermott and Tom Sizemore tested for the role of Alan Grant.
  • Steven Spielberg wanted the film to honor dinosaurs in a way that had never been seen before; he wanted the audience to believe what they were seeing.
  • There have been attempts made before and after the film to locate preserved dinosaur DNA. 10% of the time they were successful, but never a completely uncontaminated sample.
  • Chaos Theory has been likened to "a numerical Murphy's Law".
  • The film's logo and promotional image were in place before filming began.
  • When Lex nearly fell through the ceiling, the stunt girl looked up at the camera and Ariana Richards' face had to be superimposed, something not possible before the advent of CGI; its considered one of the film's most thrilling visuals.
  • Grant wears a similar hat to Indiana Jones, except Grant's hat comes off while Indy's almost never does; both characters are from Steven Spielberg films.
  • The explanation for the Triceratops' illness isn't discovered in the film but it was made available in the novelization.
  • No music is used during the first T-Rex scene or the Dilophosaurus scene.
  • The only film in the series with a Dilophosaurus.

  • Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win
    Bobby Knight

  • A "hairbreadth away" is 1/48 of an inch.
  • Ever wonder where the term "Work Smarter...Not Harder" originated? Allan F. Mogensen, the creator of Work Simplification, coined the phrase in the 1930s. The 1990s equivalent term is probably Business Process Reengineering.
  • On dry, windy days, pollen can travel up to 500 miles.

  • I have a big mouth and I am also quite loud! I am NOT a gossip but I do get involved with everyone's dirty business. Can you name me?

    Assassins do it from behind

    “Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.”

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