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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  23 May 1997 (USA)
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A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda.



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Four years after the failure of Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, John Hammond reveals to Ian Malcolm that there was another island ("Site B") on which dinosaurs were bred before being transported to Isla Nublar. Left alone since the disaster, the dinosaurs have flourished, and Hammond is anxious that the world see them in their "natural" environment before they are exploited. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@imdb.com>

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Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi terror and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Jurassic Park 2  »

Box Office


$73,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$90,161,880 (USA) (23 May 1997)


$229,074,524 (USA) (10 October 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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After the twin hits of Jurassic Park (1993) and Schindler's List (1993), Steven Spielberg took a rare sabbatical, and didn't return to the director's chair until this film. See more »


Early in the film, when Dr Malcolm visits John Hammond in his house, Hammond tells Malcolm that he's putting a team on the ground on Isla Sorna to study the dinosaurs. Malcolm responds by asking which "four lunatics" he's "trying to con into this". Since Hammond has made absolutely no mention of the number of people on the team, and since Malcolm hadn't known the plan till a few seconds before, how would he know there were four? See more »


[first lines]
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Mrs. Deirdre Bowman: Thank you, Geoffrey.
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Mr. Paul Bowman: [handed a glass of wine] Thank you, Bernard.
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Crazy Credits

David Koepp is listed as the "unlucky bastard" because he was eaten by the T-Rex. Koepp wrote the screenplay. See more »


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Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, op. 13 'Pathetique'
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Another Steven Spielberg Classic Comes To Life
19 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has been four years since Jurassic Park was destroyed and the island Isla Nublar itself was drowned by a hurricane killing most of the dinosaurs; now there is a new island (called Isla Sorna) that has been genetically engineering the same animals, but abandoned the project after the company InGen declared bankruptcy.

The film's short prologue introduces a rich family who are trying to enjoy their vacation on the beach of Isla Sorna, but their little girl wanders off into the jungles of the beach where she encounters a small dinosaur called a Compy in which she assumes it's a friendly creature, but turns out to have little friends of its own when they start pecking body parts of her off screen.

Jurassic Park survivor Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) returns to John Hammond (Richard Attenbrouogh) after being called upon. This time Hammond wants Malcolm to send in a team of specialists to go in and document the island where he wants to show the world that the dinosaurs are safe and not dangerous animals. Malcolm finds out that his girlfriend Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) is already on the island and doesn't realize what she's getting into.

With the team on the island, they track down Sarah and realize that Malcolm has another surprise that his daughter Kelly has sneaked in one of the trailers and disobeyed her father's orders of staying on the mainland.

Another team is on the island not to document but to capture and retrieve the animals to make a zoo. The team is lead by Hammond's nephew Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard in a bad English accent) who wants to make a profit after the company InGen suffers a lost in profit and damage from the original Jurassic Park. He gets a big game hunter name Roland Tembo (Pete Postelwaite) who wants to bag a Tyrannosaurus Rex as his trophy.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park is great entertainment; the special effects are twice worthy than the original. Though I find this film more frightening than the original, it reminds me of the film "Aliens" where the suspense gets bigger and twice as scary as the original.

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