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.
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.
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.
As T-rex turns to walk between houses in residential San Diego, he glances at the basketball hoop in the driveway, then makes a distinct dribbling motion with his right arm as he passes behind the house.
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.
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.
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.'"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Rj to jump out of the tree before crashing down to the ground where it also lands on it's roof.
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."
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.
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).
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.
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 4 people die in the first film: Ray Arnold, Robert Muldoon, Donald Gennaro and Dennis Nedry. 5 if you include the worker at the beginning who is killed by the velociraptor.