Fan spots error in Jurassic Park scene, 27 years after the film’s release

Louis Chilton
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'Jurassic Park', released in 1993, remains one of the biggest blockbusters of all time: Universal Pictures
'Jurassic Park', released in 1993, remains one of the biggest blockbusters of all time: Universal Pictures

An eagle-eyed fan has noticed a blunder in the beloved 1993 movie Jurassic Park, 27 years after the film’s release.

The error comes in the famous scene when velociraptors hunt down Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello) in one of the park’s kitchens.

Posting on the MovieDetails Reddit sub-forum, the viewer wrote: “In Jurassic Park, there is a scene where the raptor opens the door to the kitchen and you can spot an operator grab the raptor’s tail.”

An operator’s hand can be seen holding the dinosaur’s tail in this ‘Jurassic Park’ scene (Universal Pictures)
An operator’s hand can be seen holding the dinosaur’s tail in this ‘Jurassic Park’ scene (Universal Pictures)

In the film, the dinosaurs were created through a mixture of CGI and puppetry. Just as the Reddit user described, it is indeed possible to glimpse an operator’s hand just as the shot is panning away from the raptor.

While other Reddit users expressed surprise at the discovery, errors like this are common in films. IMDb has identified 341 goofs in Jurassic Park, many of which are to do with continuity.

Certain errors in major films have become infamous over the years, such as the appearance of a white van during a battle scene in Braveheart, or the presence of bullet holes in a scene in Pulp Fiction before guns have been fired.

In another Jurassic Park scene, the untrustworthy Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) is seen talking to someone by “video link”, but viewers are able to clearly discern that he is simply watching a pre-recorded video.

The lead stars of Jurassic Park – Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern – are set to reprise their roles in the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion, which recently resumed filming, having been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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