Lists, Top 10s — April 3, 2013 at 2:34 am

HEATHER’S TOP TEN JURASSIC PARK MOMENTS

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In spirit of all the release of Jurassic Park 3D this week I decided to have a little fun and do a top ten list strictly on the best moments from the original film.  I didn’t include the sequels because lets be honest, not one moment in any of the sequels is better than any of the moments I have carefully chosen from this original film, which easily holds a solid spot in my TOP TEN favorite films of all time and as discussed on the MILFcast my favorite Spielberg flick..  So here are the top ten moments from one of the greatest films of all time.

10. “Life Finds A Way”

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“Oh my God. Do you know what this is? This is a dinosaur egg. The dinosaurs are breeding. “ -Dr. Alan Grant

What makes this part so relevant is it’s basic reflection of the stories theme.  Part of the reason Jurassic Park is such a prevalent movie goes past it’s monstrous special effects and revels in the depths and accusations against man vs. science vs mother nature.

9. The T-Rex Chases Down The Jeep

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This scene might be short, but every moment of the Tyrannosaurus Rex barreling down on the jeep is terrifying.  The audience has already seen the destruction and violence the creature is capable of and now they are experiencing it’s speed and wrath.  Using the mirrors and a real life perspective makes this moment unforgettable.

8. “That’s One Big Pile Of Shit”

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The line and the photo speak for themselves.  Hilarious, to the point, and unforgettable.

7. Dilophosaurus Spits On Nedry

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Even though Hammond has gone wrong and offended nature, creating something he didn’t understand, Nedry is clearly the bad guy in Jurassic Park.  The dinosaurs might be terrifying but Nedry’s greedy nature was the ultimate in villainous behavior.  When the bad energy he put into the universe finally caught up with him in the form of a baby sized Dilophosaurus that he dismissed because of it’s small size he meets his doom.  It’s violent, horrific, and brilliant.

6. “Clever Girl”

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In one of the first scenes Muldoon explains exactly how much a threat these smaller, faster dinosaurs pose:

“They show extraordinary intelligence, even problem-solving. Especially the big one. We bred eight originally, but when she came in she took over the pride and killed all but two of the others. That one… when she looks at you, you can tell she’s working things out.”

Their elusive nature finally comes to a point when their gamekeeper Muldoon, who understands them best meets his end, with the big smart one that set the tone for them from the beginning until the very final scene.  If only Muldoon had been around for Grants speech at the beginning of the movie.

5. Raptor Freezer Attack

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This scene was the moment of highest tension from the film, only possibly challenged by the disappearance of the goat and the T-Rex bursting threw it’s barriers.  The audience is now fully aware of the destruction and death this creature is capable of, and more importantly it’s malevolent intellect.  When the two kids are alone faced with two of these super predators, it’s absolutely frightening.

4. Revelation of Hammond’s Park

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“Uh… it’s… it’s a dinosaur!”
-Dr. Alan Grant
What I remember about this scene in the theater was that it was the first moment we got to see the dinosaurs in their full glory, in daylight, large and alive.  It was overwhelming and utterly amazing.  It felt like some true childlike desire was being fulfilled seeing the dinosaurs alive and moving.  Grants emotional recognition, a scientist immediately taking in data, but the emotional connection to the situation can only be described as one word: MAGICAL

“They’re moving in herds. They do move in herds.” –Dr. Alan Grant

3. Sea Bass Ian Malcolm Quote

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“I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility… for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you’re selling it!”

Always the voice of reason, sanity, or insanity, Malcolm was always used as the character to reflect and analyze and finally understand the situations, and world before him.  In a cynical mad scientist kind of way, and Jeff Goldblum fully captured that part of Malcolm, while also placating to his over enthusiastic sarcasm in an almost charming way.  This scene with the slide show during an awful dinner, the calm before the storm came, with Malcolm’s rational, a prelude to imminent terror.

2. “Show A Little Respect”

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“Try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period. You get your first look at this “six foot turkey” as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex – he’ll lose you if you don’t move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that’s when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side, from the other two ‘raptors you didn’t even know were there. Because Velociraptor’s a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this… a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the the middle toe. He doesn’t bother to bite your jugular like a lion, say… no no. He slashes at you here… or here… or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is… you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know… try to show a little respect.”

1. T-Rex Toilet Meal

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We could just summarize this entire scene, from the goats disappearance, to the water shaking from the T-Rex’s footsteps, or him bursting threw his barriers and destroying the land cruiser.  All those lead up to the moment where the bloodsucking lawyer that abandoned two helpless children at the first sight of trouble meets his end.  This scene will make you laugh and recoil in fear.  When the Rex T-Rex cocks his head to the side as though to decide whether or not a blood sucking lawyer will in fact be a worthy meal, and then violently tears his massive head down on Gennaro lifting his body off the toilet and swinging his prey to death.  This scene is evokes a sense of karma in the universe, a bit of comedy, and a lot of terror.  In one moment and one death there are a lot of emotions going on.  I saw this movie in the theater three times, and each time after the event set in, the crowd erupted in applause.
Remember, we here at Man, I Love Films don’t do definitive lists. We do our favorites and we want to hear yours. So, make sure and tell us about them in the comments section below.

5 Comments

  • LOVE Jurassic Park, it’s been one of my favorite movies since I was a kid. All the scenes you mentioned are my favorites, so I guess I could only add the ending, when they’re on the plane and the flying dinosaurs are leaving the island with the epic JP theme playing in the background. It’s a relief because they are alive and safe, but there’s also that feeling that it’s not over yet, I love it.

  • Great list Heather and I would agree with the vast majority – but I do thoroughly enjoy Dennis Nedry:

    “Thanks Dad” back-chat remark to Hammond

    That strange squeal sound he makes when he opens the fake-shaving foam thing

    “ha ha ha… you didn’t say the magic word”

    and then there is the “”wheres the goat?”/”I happen to be a vegetarian” … which is great.

    Personal favourite is Tim talking to Grant “…then I read this guy called Backer and HE said [door shuts]”

  • Those are great scenes Heather and I loved that you put the Ian Malcom quote at number 3. My favorites is when Dr Grant and Tim have to run down a large tree escaping their car. I also liked at the end when in showed a flock of birds outside the plane. I never get tired of watching this.

  • All excellent choices. Since I’d never seen JP in theaters, I checked it out the 3D re-release. The story holds up amazingly well and had me more excited by the end than the first time I saw it. A true classic.

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