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The Japanese tourists running from the rampaging T-Rex in the San Diego scene (an obvious homage to "Godzilla" movies) are saying in Japanese: "I left Japan to get away from this!"
Julianne Moore admitted that she did this film to pay off a divorce settlement.
The man that is eaten by the T-Rex next to the video store (in San Diego) is David Koepp, one of the writers of the film. He is credited as "Unlucky Bastard".
The snake that crawls into Dr. Robert Burke's shirt is a milk snake, which are completely harmless to humans. They are often confused with the highly-venomous coral snake due to their nearly-identical color patterns.
Director Steven Spielberg had to attend an early screening for Swingers (1996) in order to give approval for the use of the Jaws (1975) theme. There he was so impressed by Vince Vaughn that he offered him a part in this film.
Held the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for four and a half years, May 1997 to November 2001.
The two models of the T-Rex each weighed 9 tons. Due to their weight, the crew constructed sets around them, rather than moving them onto sets.
There is roughly 50% more dinosaur action in this film over the original Jurassic Park (1993).
When Dieter Stark, played by Peter Stormare, is first attacked by the Compys (Compsognathus), he starts yelling and throwing stones at them, then he mumbles parts of various curses in Swedish, however he doesn't complete any of them. Steven Spielberg thought it was excellent and kept the take in the final cut.
Sarah's belief that dinosaurs won't abandon their young is taken from dinosaur expert Jack Horner's research. He is a consultant on all films in the Jurassic Park series.
When the T-rex bites the traffic signal in San Diego, a street sign on the right edge of the screen reads in part "NO DINOSAURS".
The title of the novel was simply "The Lost World", with the cover showing the familiar Jurassic Park logo to establish it as a sequel. However, the studio feared that the public might confuse it with the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic of the same title (the title and many plot elements were indeed deliberate references by Michael Crichton), and originally considered naming the film "The Lost Island". In the end, the novel's title was kept, but "Jurassic Park" was appended to solidify the sequel connection.
Writer David Koepp said that when he was writing the script to this movie, he taped a fan letter next to his computer screen. The letter was from a viewer of the original Jurassic Park (1993) film who complained he "waited too long" to show the dinosaurs in that film.
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.
Steven Spielberg confessed that during production he became increasingly disenchanted with the film, admitting, "I beat myself up... growing more and more impatient with myself... It made me wistful about doing a talking picture, because sometimes I got the feeling I was just making this big silent-roar movie... I found myself saying, 'Is that all there is? It's not enough for me.'"
The T-Rex climax was filmed in Burbank.
In Early Drafts of the Script, Lex and Tim were kept in for much longer. Some even had the kids going back to the park and encountering the dinosaurs again.
A movie poster on the video store appears to be Arnold Schwarzenegger as King Lear.
Steven Spielberg and John Williams felt that the score of the film needed to be slightly different to that heard in the original film. Because it was a remote island chain, they added drums and bongos.
One of the few sequels Steven Spielberg has directed.
Like the first Jurassic Park (1993), this shoot finished before the scheduled 74 days. It was completed in 69 days.
After the bus crashes into the video store a fictional Tom Hanks film Tsunami Sunrise can be seen on a cardboard stand-up.
There was a special gadget developed for the movie: strobe lights in the theatre. Theatres had to install strobe lights on the walls. The projectionists had to put some metal-markers on the film itself whenever there was a flash in the film, that triggered the lights in the audience. The problem: there isn't a single flash in the whole movie. So after having installed the very expensive system, there was actually no "correct" moment to put the markers. In their despair, they put the markers somewhere during the storm-scenes. That resulted in either a cascade of strobes or almost none at all, so it was a different experience for watching it in different theaters. The audience was warned in advance, that there were strobe lights in the performance.
The gun Roland Tembo wields is a double-barreled rifle chambered in .600 Nitro Express. B. Searcy & Co., of Boron, California custom-made 2 rifles for the film at a total cost of $100,000. Steven Spielberg kept one for his private collection. He has said that he almost never fires it because it hurts his shoulder.
Although Lewis Dodgson had a bigger role in the book sequel The Lost World, compared to his one scene appearance in Jurassic Park (1993), Steven Spielberg dropped the character from the film.
Joe Johnston lobbied for the director's job but schedule problems during the post-production of Jumanji (1995) forced him out. Steven Spielberg was also adamant to direct this sequel himself, promising Johnston the director's chair for the third movie, which he indeed directed.
Thirteen stunt performers worked on Jurassic Park (1993), while 50 were used for this sequel.
Several scenes were deleted from the theatrical cut. Two are included as special features on the DVD and Blu-ray: Peter Ludlow talking to the InGen committee, and Roland and Ajay talking in a Mombasa bar. A shot of Sarah running from the Stegosaurs saying "Isn't it great?" with Malcolm, Nick, and Eddie was cut, but can be seen in the trailer. Much more footage is on the cutting room floor but has not yet been made available outside of stills, adaptations, and scripts: More footage of Malcolm, Nick, and Eddie arriving on the island and setting up base-camp; more dialogue with Sarah and Malcolm on their way back to base-camp, adding background about the time between the films and their relationship; Ludlow drunkenly stumbling and breaking the baby Rex's leg (this deleted scene explains why there is a bottle next to the baby rex when Nick Van Owen runs to the baby); Kelly telling Malcolm he should marry Sarah. Certain puppets and animatronics created by Stan Winston during filming were later omitted, including several Velociraptors (whose tiger-stripes were far more visible in stills than in the finished film). Scenes such as Pteranodons attacking the helicopter and a Rex attack on the High Hide were developed but never filmed.
The five islands in Las Cinco Muertes are: Isla Matanceros, Isla Muerte, Isla Sorna, Isla Tacano, and Isla Pena.
The alpinist Tembo mentions as the first man to climb the Mt. Everest without oxygen bottles is Reinhold Messner.
Jeff Goldblum hosted Saturday Night Live to promote this film. Four years earlier, he had hosted a few months after Jurassic Park (1993) had opened. That appearance also included a brief appearance by cast mate Laura Dern, with whom Goldblum was romantically involved at the time.
The first film to use the late-90s Universal logo.
Steven Spielberg originally intended to just produce the film rather than direct.
Malcolm remarks that Hammond went from "capitalist to naturalist in four years." Richard Attenborough's brother is naturalist David Attenborough.
Part of the promotion for the film included a website, which visitors could explore to find out facts about the film's production. One page included John Hammon's office. If users found a hidden password they could access Hammond's computer and InGen files. For the user name Hammonj, one of the passwords was Gandhi, a reference to Richard Attenborough having directed the film Gandhi (1982).
As of 2016, this is the only sequel that Steven Spielberg has directed that is not related to the "Indiana Jones" film series.
In the book, Sarah was an animal behaviourologist, not a paleontologist; the paleontologist who Malcolm went to Isla Sorna to save was a man named Richard Levine, a character who only made it to the film as certain aspects of the Sarah character.
The baby stegosaurus Sarah interacts with was named Claire on set.
Steven Spielberg wanted to work with Indian actor M.R. Gopakumar in the movie, but due to his passport traveling issues he was unable to accept that offer.
Michael Crichton named the title after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book of the same name.
Initially, three Mercedes ML-320s were modified for the trip to Isla Sorna. The third SUV, built as a "mobile observatory," is currently on display at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart.
The cliff side set was built onto the side of a parking building at Universal Studios, Hollywood, where this film was shot.
When the bus crashes into the video store, there is a poster of the Robin Williams film Jack that had been adapted to Jack & The Beanstalks. This is in the same shot as Schwarzeneggar's King Lear poster.
Steven Spielberg originally approached Juliette Binoche about playing the role of Sarah Harding. She supposedly replied that she would appear in the film only if she could "play the dinosaur". The part went to Julianne Moore instead. Binoche had previously declined the part of Dr. Satler in Jurassic Park (1993).
Roland (Pete Postlethwaite) refers to the Tyrannosaurus Rex as "the greatest predator there ever lived". While the Jurassic Park movies depict the T-Rex as an active hunter, the question whether the T-Rex was a predator or a poacher/scavenger has been (and still is) the subject of a decades-long debate. Opponents of the predator theory maintain that a T-Rex's arms were too short to hold down a prey, and that it would not have been able to run as fast as its prey due to its bulk; additionally, its excellent sense of smell would serve to sniff already dead prey over large distances. Supporters of the predator theory point at the fact that T-Rexes had depth perception, a trait seen mainly in predators so that they can estimate the distance to their prey. Also, fossilized skeletons of other dinosaurs have been found with healed bite marks from T-Rexes on them, which would indicate that a T-Rex had hunted them while they were alive rather than dead.
The paleontologist "Dr. Burke" is an affectionate caricature of real-life paleontologist Robert Bakker.
Originally, Dr. Ian Malcolm's team included a fifth member, a paleontologist named Dr. Juttson. He was obviously inspired by the character Richard Levine from the novel. Dr. Juttson was dropped due to an already overcrowded cast, and most of his lines were given to Dr. Sarah Harding.
Initially, Steven Spielberg wanted to save the San Diego sequence for a third film. However, he later decided to include it in this film after realizing that he would probably not direct another film in the series.
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Art Malik turned down the role of Ajay because he thought the role was too small and felt the fee he was being offered was insulting.
The sounds made by the baby Stegosaurus were taken from a rhinoceros.
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Screenwriter David Koepp took the names Roland and Van Owen from a song by Warren Zevon called "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner".
Storyboarding began a full 12 months before shooting.
Camilla Belle (Cathy Bowman -the little girl attacked in the beginning of the film) and Vanessa Lee Chester (Kelly) were both in the 1995 film "A Little Princess". Camilla played Jane and Vanessa played Becky.
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One shot from the film appears in the original entrance video of the World Wrestling Federation faction Degeneration-X. It's a shot of people running for their lives down the street to escape the rampaging dinosaur. The shot, from which 17 frames are used, occurs at 1:52:57 in the movie, immediately after the bus drives through the video store. The footage was used by the World Wrestling Federation in December 1997, but may have been used earlier than that.
In addition to appearing together in this film and its predecessor, Joseph Mazzello and Richard Attenborough worked together as actor and director on the film Shadowlands (1993). Attenborough would subsequently direct cast member Pete Postlethwaite in Closing the Ring (2007).
The film is one of Camilla Belle's earliest acting roles - In the film, she has the small role of Cathy Bowman, the little girl whom is attacked by a Procompsognathus early on in the film.
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Julia Roberts was considered for the role of Sarah Harding.
As in the first Jurassic Park movie, this film also features a jeep falling out of a tree. During the raid on the Ingen base camp a flaming jeep is tossed up into the air and crashes down in the tree Roland is sheltering in while hunting the T-Rex. It causes him and Ajay to jump out of the tree before crashing down to the ground where it also lands on it's roof.
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The gun Dieter Stark carrie's around is a Heckler & Koch HK91A2 with a surefire 660 entry light and with a telescopic sight.
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At one point, Roland Tembo says "Let's get this moveable feast underway." In addition to being a reference to Christian feast days which have no fixed date on the calendar, this is also a literary reference. "A Moveable Feast" is the title of Ernest Hemingway's book of memoirs about his days in Paris in the 1920s with other American expatriots and literati.
When the male T-Rex is poking it's head in Sarah's tent, and one of the mercenaries screams at the sight of the T-Rex, alarming the group. He is screaming "Matalo!" repeatedly, meaning "Kill him!" in Spanish.
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In the scene where Eddie is trying to pull up the trailers with his SUV. Realistically that SUV wouldn't have been able to pull up both of those trailers. Those trailers weigh considerably more than that SUV. Not to mention the last trailer that was hanging over the cliff is dead weight.
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At the beginning of the movie when Ian comes to see John Hammond, there is a picture on his desk of Lex and Tim from the first Jurassic Park (1993). They both appear briefly in that movie.
Ian Malcolm and Dr. Sarah Harding (Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore) are in a relationship. This is a contrast to the novel, in which Malcolm and Sarah are former partners who have remained platonic friends (Sarah seeking out Malcolm after the events of the first film). In the novel, Kelly isn't Malcolm's daughter and she goes to the island with her friend R.B.to help find their idol/school professor Dr. Levine. Also, in the novel, Kelly is white, while her friend R.B.is black. The character of Eddie is also a stark contrast to the novel; in the novel, he's a younger man with a full head of dark hair who is killed by the velociraptors (tyrannosaurus in the film).
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Arliss Howard plays the nephew of Richard Attenborough and therefore a first cousin once removed to Joseph Mazzello. Attenborough previously directed Mazzello in Shadowlands (1993). In that film, Howard's wife, Debra Winger, played Mazzello's mother.
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This film features two actors from the "Death Wish" series of films. Jeff Goldblum played Freak #1 in the original "Death Wish" and Thomas F. Duffy played Nirvana in "Death Wish 2". Both were the causes of Charles Bronson's vigilante rampage.
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The first and only time that both a second T-Rex and the infant are shown in the franchise.
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In the novelization for Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), the book mentions drums; John Williams uses them on The Lost World's film score; it also uses the words "prehistoric times", foreshadowing Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park series, who was also a producer on Holmes.
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Gary Oldman was offered the role of Peter Ludlow, but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. He was replaced by Arliss Howard.
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Director Cameo 

Steven Spielberg: Reflected in the TV broadcasting the CNN story about the return of the dinosaurs, sitting on the couch next to Jeff Goldblum and eating popcorn.

Director Trademark 

Steven Spielberg: [Signs] Using a sign with directions or instructions as a joke. In this case, the T-Rex crosses the pier at the San Diego port bearing a sign that reads, "No animals or vegetables beyond this point."
Steven Spielberg: [father] Malcolm admits he's a bad father.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The script called for a scene where the Velociraptors got on board the Venture as it was about to set sail. As chaos ensued, the T-Rex also got loose, and killed everything else aboard. This explains why many of the crew members are dead in places the Rex cannot reach. The scene was never filmed.
In the novel of "Jurassic Park", the characters of both John Hammond and Ian Malcolm died (though Malcolm returned in the original novel "The Lost World" (1997), explaining that "the doctors did excellent work"). In the film version, however, both characters survived, allowing them to return in this movie.
There are 13 on-camera deaths, 10 on the island and 3 in the city, the second of all three films. Jurassic World has taken first for 25 deaths.
The closing scene of this film, a view of the dinosaurs living undisturbed on the island, includes pterosaurs. They were considered for action sequences in both of the first two films, but these were abandoned, making this brief clip their first onscreen appearance. They featured prominently in the first novel, in a sequence that took place in a pterosaur aviary; this was finally realized in Jurassic Park III (2001).
David Koepp lifted several set pieces from the original Jurassic Park novel for use in this sequel. These include: The procompsognathus attacking the young girl; hiding from the Tyrannosaur behind a waterfall, while the creature tries to find them using its tongue; Dieter Stark being killed by Procompsognathids (Hammond in the novel); Roland Tembo tranquilizing the Tyrannosaur (Robert Muldoon in the novel).
Dr Malcolm accuses Peter Ludlow in the mansion of lying about the facts surrounding the deaths of 3 people during the course of events in the first film. In fact, four people died in the first film: Ray Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson'), Robert Muldoon (Bob Peck), Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) and Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight); five if you include the worker at the beginning who is killed by the velociraptor. However, the worker's death already occurred before the main events of the first movie (it was the reason why a team of experts was sent to Jurassic Park in the first place), so Ludlow could not have lied about it. None of the characters could have known of Nedry's fate since he absconded with the eggs early on, and his death was not witnessed, so his status is most likely 'missing, presumed dead'.
In Michael Crichton's novel, the opposing group on the island is not led by Peter Ludlow (who does not exist in either novel), but rather by Lewis Dodgson, head of the rival company BioSyn, who had hired Dennis Nedry in the previous film. Dodgson hides from the T-Rex under a Jeep with Sarah Harding, who kicks him out to lead the T-Rex away. The T-Rex takes him home to its nest to feed to its young. This is closely paralleled by the fate of Ludlow in the film.
WILHELM SCREAM: Not the classic Wilhelm, but "the second scream" is heard as Eddie is being eaten by the Mother and Father Tyrannosaurs.
It's curious that Roland wishes to hunt the male/buck Tyrannosaurus, when the female Tyrannosaurus is actually larger. This could possibly stem from the fact that Roland is a professional hunter, and in sport hunting it is the male that is usually prized for its size and adornment. Roland may not have known that it is the female that holds the size.
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The S.S Venture which transports the Tyrannosaurus to San Diego is likely a reference to King Kong, who was transported to New York by a ship called the Venture.
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The Tranquilizer gun Roland use's to tranqulize the male Tyrannosaur is a LAR Grizzly Big Boar.
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It was mentioned that the juvenile T rex was a couple of weeks old- it would have been too long for it to be that old although its implied that InGen Accelerated the growth of their dinosaurs which could account for the issue.
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If you look closely, the face of the male/buck Tyrannosaurus is adorned with many facial scars and many of the teeth in his mouth are missing or broken. This is indicative towards the Rex participating in fights for mating rights or dominance.
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Originally junior the baby T rex was suppose to be brown as seen on one of his marquette in behind the scenes meaning that he might have originally been planned to be female instead of male.
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The car Ian malcolm drives is a 1969 Pontiac custom S
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Due to a recent discovery of specimens of juvenile Tyrannosaurus, it is possible that infant T-Rexs actually had longer skulls, therefore making the infant T-Rex in this movie unrealistic. However, it is possible (though unlikely) that the specimen in question represents a different Genus, known as a Nanotyrannus.
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The hunters use dan inject dartguns to capture the dinosaurs
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