Jurassic Park Deleted Scenes
Posted by Nexus on January 19, 2014 (Updated: 16-Feb-2014)
This article includes various Jurassic Park Deleted Scenes that were seen in the original script but was deleted before filming began or during post-production.
Extended Dig Site
In the original script, there was going to be a bit more background to Dr. Grant and Ellie at the dig site. It was going to make their romantic relationship a bit more clearer to the audience and there was going to be more discussion about the intelligence of Velociraptors. This scene was mostly likely cut due to pacing issues.
Journey to the Island (Extended)
In the Jurassic Park comic adaptation, there is additional dialogue between Ian Malcolm and Dr. Grant and Ellie. They question Malcolm why he thinks the project on the island will fail and says “Hammond’s project is an apparently simple system, but chaos theory explains that simple systems will inevitably produce complex behavior,”. This dialogue wasn’t in the shooting script though.
Ellie Grabbing a Leaf
A short scene was seen in the Jurassic Park trailer where Ellie grabs a plant leaf that she talks about later in the film.
Ellie stares off to the right, fascinated by the thick tropical
plant life around them. She tilts her head, as if something’s wrong
with this picture.
She reaches out and grabs hold of a leafy branch as they drive
by, TEARING it from the tree.
Ford Explorers Coming Out of Garage
There was a deleted scene where you can see the two Ford Explorers coming out of a garage at the back of the visitor’s center. The cars slowly drive themselves on a semi-circular turn and stop before the tour party. The other half of this scene is available on the DVD but it doesn’t show where they came from.
Two modified Ford Explorers leap up out of an underground garage
beneath the visitor’s center. They move quietly, with a faint
electronic HUM, and straddle a partially buried metal rail is the
middle of the road. They pull to a stop where the group is gathered.
Entering the Lab
When Dr. Grant tries to force the door of the laboratory open, Gennaro tries to stop John Hammond from letting them into the lab. There was also more dialogue of Malcolm telling Ellie why the park will fail.
The Dinosaur Egg
When the group are in the lab, originally a Triceratops was going to hatch out of the egg but this was changed to a Velociraptor so the scene could lead to the Velocirpators’ enclosure.
Why are the kids here?
There’s a scene where John Hammond explains to Dr. Grant, Ian Malcolm and Ellie why Tim and Lex are here at Jurassic Park. He says their parents are going through a divorce at the moment and wants the group to understand that. He says: “Have a heart, gentlemen. Their parents are getting a divorce and they need a diversion. Maybe they’ll get you into the spirit of this place.” This scene was filmed and you can see this scene in behind-the-scenes footage.
There was originally going to be an explanation as to how the Triceratops got sick in the first place. Tim was going to find some rounded stones by the West Indian Lilac plants that made the creature sick. Dr. Grant and Ellie then suggested that when the Triceratops eats the stones (for grinding its food), it ate the poisonous berries at the same time. This explanation was in Michael Crichton’s novel too except it was a Stegosaurus instead of a Triceratops.
Ian Malcolm’s Heroic Actions
In an interview with Encore Movie Network’s The Directors special, Jeff Goldblum said Malcolm was going to cowardly run away like Gennaro did when the Tyrannosaurus makes its first appearance. Goldblum persuaded Spielberg for his character to be more heroic by trying to distract the creature with a flare.
After Dr. Grant and the children avoid being crushed by the Ford Explorer, there were originally three different versions of when Dr. Grant and the children wonder into the jungle. He convinces Lex that she is much safter with him and Tim. In another version, it’s revealed that Grant has a map of the island which explains how he was able to get back to the visitor’s center.
Extended Island Trek
There were a couple of production stills showing a much longer journey that Dr. Grant and the children would have had across Isla Nublar when they were trying to get back to the visitor center.
In Michael Crichton’s original novel, there was a sequence showing Dr. Grant, Tim and Lex going down river on a raft. Parts of this was filmed but was ultimately scrapped as it was too expensive and too time-consumive. Writer David Koepp once referenced this scene and said:
“I never wanted the raft sequence. It seemed to me at certain points in the book that we were being taken on an obligatory tour past every dinosaur the park had to offer. My feeling was that once the park broke down there should be total chaos. I thought the raft trip was rather redundant. So for me, it was an easy cut to make, especially because it would have been so monstrously expensive.”
There were also plans to film other scenes in the river raft sequence like when Grant and the children see a sleeping Tyrannosaurus and it swims after them. Another part of the sequence had the group hiding behind a waterfall and the T-Rex licking them. All these scenes were used in The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3.
Malcolm Carried Away
In the script, there’s a scene where Muldoon and Ellie carry Malcolm on a stretcher down a narrow path in the compound. This scene happens right after Ray Arnold goes to the power shed to restore the park’s power.
Extended Journey to the Shed
There was a shot showing where Muldoon and Ellie was going to go when they had to get to the power shed to restore the park’s systems. It was featured on the Beyond: Jurassic Park DVD with the DVD Boxset.
Velociraptor Grabs Ellie
In the scene where Ellie is in the power shed after restoring the power, she is actually grabbed by a Velociraptor. In the film, it just appears behind her.
Extended Raptor in the Shed
There’s some more dialogue when Ellie finds Dr. Grant after exiting the power shed. She calls out to Grant telling him to run towards the bunker and she asks where the children are.
125 EXT COMPOUND DAY
GRANT walks quickly down the narrow path towards Hammond’s
compound, eyes darting from side to side, not exactly sure where he’s
going. From far off, he hears someone SHOUTING to him.
He turns. He sees ELLIE, standing outside the bunker. She’s
waving to him, SHOUTING something too faint for him to hear.
He furrows his brow and walks towards her. She SHOUTS louder.
He walks faster. He’s closer now, and he can finally make out where
Grant takes off running towards her, not even looking back. He
races up, and she runs into his arms.
Where are the kids?!
T-Rex Smashes into Visitor Center
According to some people’s accounts, a scene was shown in the theatrical release where the Tyrannosaur crashes into the visitor center’s wall though this has never seen on the subsequent DVD releases.
There were two different endings planned before the Tyrannosaur killed the Velociraptors in the visitor’s center. Originally, Dr. Grant was going to crush the raptors with the dinosaur skeleton. Another version was going to have Hammond shooting the raptors before they attacked the survivors. Director Steven Spielberg changed it as he wanted the T-Rex to be the star of the film.
With the raptor in hot pursuit, the kids and Grant come flying. Tim and
Lex jump over the railing, leaping onto the skeletal display. Grant
goes for the stairs, jumping down them three at a time.
The raptor goes after the kids, scrambling over the balcony onto the
display. The kids scamper down the display, knocking paint cans and
tools off the scaffolding as they go. The raptor is just one beat
behind, and his snar
ling face is splashed with red paint as he chases.
The kids burrow into the rib cage of the Rex. They break off floating
rubs and hurl them back at the raptor. The raptor is undeterred,
closing the gap on the kids.
The kids are stuck at the end of the rib cage – it’s closed off by the
skeleton and they can’t break through. They’re imprisoned. The raptor
is pushing through the rib cage, bones crackling as it goes.
Grant leaps up the scaffolding, grabs a beam, swings his weight onto it,
and slams it into the T-Rex’s neck. The neck shatters and the massive
head of the T-Rex drops free.
It falls directly onto the last raptor, squashing him flat. Dead.
And then there were none.