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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Sam Neill
Jeff Goldblum
Laura Dern.
Directors
Steven Spielberg.
Screenwriters
Michael Crichton
David Koepp.
Running Time
127 minutes

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Jurassic Park
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Plot
A Billionaire (Attenborough) has cracked the code for cloning dinosaur DNA, and has built a theme park with living, breathing dinosaur attractions, which he hopes to make open to the public. A group of scientists are invited to preview the park, but malfunction, and hair-raising adventure is just around the corner...


Review
With Jurassic Park, the man who invented the summer event movie took Michael Crichton's tome and transformed it into an awe-inspiring blockbuster using every inch of screen.

Richard Attenborough is billionaire boffin John Hammond who plans to open a theme park on a remote Costa Rican island featuring dinosaurs genetically modelled from fossil DNA. Sneak preview visitors include palaeontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Satler (Neill and Dern), chaos theory expert Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) but the park goes off-line, the dinos escape and prehysteria breaks loose.

Spielberg treads gradually, building up an impending sense of menace over the first hour with evolutionary arguments hammering home the theory that dino-recreation is a Really Bad Thing. Then he lets rip on an unforgettable second half, with set piece after set piece. So the script and the performances aren't exactly Oscar material, but it scarcely matters given that the real stars here are the ILM-created dinosaurs, a miracle of modern moviemaking...


Verdict
Cliché or no, there's no getting around it - quite simply one of the greatest blockbusters of all time.


Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook

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One of the greatest blockbusters ever made

There are Spielberg movies I prefer to this one (Jaws is my favourite movie, period) but this one seems to be the ultimate Spielberg blockbuster; mixing the terror of Jaws, the wonder of Close Encounters and the exciting adventure of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Pure, perfect entertainment. ... More

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Posted by Mr Gittes at 13:51, 06 February 2013 | Report This Post


Jurassic Park (1993)

Many, many years ago, the legendary writer Michael Crichton creates probably the most memorable of his books. Jurassic Park became a classic, and not just as a novel. The film version of the book, directed by Steven Spielberg, became an instant hit and one of the most important films of the early nineties of the last century. And for good reason. The film is not as dark and bloody as the novel on which it is created. It is not necessary in this case. In this case there are three important thin... More

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Posted by The God of Tears at 20:52, 08 January 2013 | Report This Post


Its Not Just CGI Although That helped!

Took my six yo nephew to see this in 2011 he shouted out I've seen this on tele lol. Any how he seen scooby doo the movie with the cgi scooby so he expects dino's to look real. Personally some of the cgi here looks dated the flocking dinos in particular but the T-rex still looks awsome. The illusion of real dinosaurs though is thanks to a mixture of puppetry animatronics and CGI which is brilliant. ... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 17:18, 27 September 2011 | Report This Post


Superb

18 years on and its as brilliant as ever. Yes the special effects at times do look a little dated (inly natural seeing as how it came out in 1993), but the T-Rex attack and raptor scenes are as good as anything you're likely to see this year. Brilliant film making is timeless. Jurassic Park is simply brilliant. 5 Stars. ... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 09:32, 25 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Jaw-droppingly amazing!

one of my favourite films of all time! The film hasn't aged one bit in terms of special effects either.... either that or Speilberg really did create actual dinosaurs for the film... Most films this age look ropey as hell!! and how many sound effects (namely the T-Rex roars) did Cameron use in Avatar!!? Classic classic film. This my friends, is how it is done :) ... More

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Posted by mystra at 23:18, 28 May 2010 | Report This Post


Jaw-droppingly amazing!

It's going to take a long time for Spielberg's absolutely entertaining blockbuster (one of many) to start feeling dated because this is a masterpiece in modern special effects and this often magical adventure classic is quite possibly the best family adventure movie of the '90s. The usual, very entertaining Spielberg stuff, since the man is a genius when it comes to purely pleasing his audience. ... More

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Posted by !xHoTRoDx! at 23:46, 21 May 2010 | Report This Post


...Of ALL time...

This is a template for how make a great action/adventure movie. Clocking in at for what these days, a film of its' type would seem to be a modest 121 mins, it devides itseft into two solid halves. The first hour debates the science, the sociology and evolutionary issues of both cloneing and of course, dinosaurs, whilst skillfully setting up and yet sidetracking the audience into not realising who the real villans of the movie are going to be. From the opening scene, the Velosaraptors are clearly... More

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Posted by neopol at 15:11, 09 May 2010 | Report This Post


Crap

Jurassic crap. simple as ... More

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Posted by Saam3003 at 18:04, 18 February 2010 | Report This Post


Crap

Jurassic crap. simple as ... More

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Posted by Saam3003 at 18:03, 18 February 2010 | Report This Post


Amazing.

The film that defined my childhood, i must have seen it 10 times at cinema, i loved it - and still do, the affects continue to amaze - even more so when you realise that the films nearly 20 years old!, and hold up to anything made today, all the fuss was (rightly) been made of how speilberg managed to pull off the incredible cgi, the directors true genius however is shown in something as simple as water in a plastic cup, much like the cracking glass seqeunce in the sequal master speilberg manage... More

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Posted by paulandnic14 at 23:46, 01 February 2010 | Report This Post


Jurassic Park

What a masterpiece of a film; to make history come alive in front of your very eyes, stunning effects on the dinosaurs, brilliant cast and the story takes you into a whole different world which you wouldn't believed had it existed . Step back in time if you dare. ... More

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Posted by deppfanatic at 22:03, 16 October 2009 | Report This Post


Favourite movie ever

This is the movie that got me into movies. It was the first movie that facinated me enough to discover who directed it ( and what a director actually did- i was young!) Still reguard that T-Rex attack on the jeep to be the most perfect and effective blend of CGI and Live action yet put on screen. When the Rex steps between the two vehicles my breath is still taken alittle. ... More

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Posted by Mort Grimm at 17:36, 08 June 2009 | Report This Post


Its everything you expect and more. Just brilliant. ... More

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Posted by MovieAddict247 at 18:02, 06 June 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Jurassic Park

I watched JP not so long ago and, to be honest, I don't think its aged that well. ... More

Posted by rupert303 at 00:16, 28 September 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Jurassic Park

That bit where Fredo Corleone does a burton to the shithouse is fablastic. A momumental film of inexcripulous tromourtions that can't and hasn't been beaten on either considerations. ... More

Posted by DanCurley at 16:29, 26 September 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Jurassic Park

I think Jurassic Park is an excellent film with great acting, good visual effects, a very memorable soundtrack and of course pretty convincing CGI Dinosaurs. I think my favourite character in the film is Dr. Ian Malcolm played by Goldblum who has some great lines. Also I think it is great that Spielberg made 2 Classic films in one year (the other being Schindlers's List ). Unfortunately the two sequels to Jurassic Park were not so good.    ... More

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Posted by Chris66 at 16:04, 26 September 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Jurassic Park

L: Nalfeshnee One of the first films i saw in the cinema (i was 10 at the time), it was and still is my favourate film ever, and i'll have a soft spot for it until the day i die. It got me reading, and it got me into movies so i owe JP a lot. nap! ... More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 14:43, 26 September 2008 | Report This Post


JP

My favourite film ever-rer-er... ... More

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Posted by jimoakley666 at 14:42, 26 September 2008 | Report This Post


JURRASIC FART

watered down version of critchtons horrific take on dinosaur cloning. the actors were all right and perfect for their roles except for the camp old doddering fart richard attenborough. Stephen spielberg was the wrong director . if anything james cameron would of been a much better choice and would of given the world a movie that would of at least been scary instead of the mediocre so so thriller we are left with. ... More

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Posted by Horrorguru at 20:02, 03 March 2008 | Report This Post


OVERATED

this was the first time any of us had seen CGI that just took your breath away. That aside i never thought JP was a very good film. CGI 5 Stars - The Film 3 Stars - so i'll go for the middle. ... More

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Posted by bobbyperu at 17:11, 25 October 2007 | Report This Post


OVERATED

this was the first time any of us had seen CGI that just took your breath away. That aside i never thought JP was a very good film. CGI 5 Stars - The Film 3 Stars - so i'll go for the middle. ... More

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Posted by bobbyperu at 17:11, 25 October 2007 | Report This Post


Fantastic!!! The best film of the 90', with some amazing shots, T-REX chase, the final fight, Gallimimus stampede ect... Brilliant score, great plot and masterfull direction from the most masterfull director ever!!! A masterpiece!!! ... More

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Posted by cdjwfan at 22:49, 06 August 2007 | Report This Post


A true classic ... More

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Posted by djimi42 at 12:03, 18 October 2006 | Report This Post


A true classic ... More

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Posted by djimi42 at 12:03, 18 October 2006 | Report This Post


Jurassic Park

One of the first films i saw in the cinema (i was 10 at the time), it was and still is my favourate film ever, and i'll have a soft spot for it until the day i die. It got me reading, and it got me into movies so i owe JP a lot. ... More

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