AFI Movie Club: JURASSIC PARK – American Film Institute
Jurassic Park Film Still - Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill



JURASSIC PARK appears on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 THRILLS list as one of the most thrilling American films! Two AFI Life Achievement Award recipients helped bring JURASSIC PARK to life – director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams.


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Movie Trivia about JURASSIC PARK

-DID YOU KNOW that a 20-foot live-action robotic Tyrannosaurus rex was created for the movie? It was built from fiberglass and 3,000 pounds of clay, and it took 12 different operators to get it to replicate the right movements!

-DID YOU KNOW this was Richard Attenborough’s first film role in 14 years?

-DID YOU KNOW that the film had a paleontologist consultant who advised not only Sam Neill and Laura Dern regarding their characters, but also Steven Spielberg and the production on the aesthetics and behaviors of dinosaurs?

-DID YOU KNOW that the film features only about 15 minutes of dinosaur footage, despite a running time of more than two hours?

-DID YOU KNOW much of JURASSIC PARK was shot on location in Hawaii? At one point, production was delayed due to a hurricane!

-DID YOU KNOW Steven Spielberg was in post-production on JURASSIC PARK while filming SCHINDLER’S LIST?

-DID YOU KNOW when the film was released, it quickly surpassed the previous box office record holder? That film was Steven Spielberg’s own E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL!

-DID YOU KNOW that JURASSIC PARK won three Academy Awards® – Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects?

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The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions 

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-What is your favorite Steven Spielberg movie?

-What emotions does John Williams’ score evoke when you’re watching the movie?

-If you had the opportunity, would you want to visit Jurassic Park?

-How do you think JURASSIC PARK’s groundbreaking effects have changed the way movies are made?

-What does JURASSIC PARK teach us about scientific discovery versus exploitation?

-How would you rate JURASSIC PARK?


Watch the director of JURASSIC PARK, Steven Spielberg, talk about his love for filmmaking in this exclusive AFI Archive video.

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