The Lost World: Jurassic Park

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park
A mostly black, somewhat gray poster featuring the Jurassic Park logo: the silhouette of a T.Rex skeleton on a red circle with a yellow outline. The entire image is tarnished, and underneath the logo lies the tagline: "Something Has Survived."
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Gerald R. Molen
Colin Wilson
Screenplay by David Koepp
Based on The Lost World 
by Michael Crichton
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • May 23, 1997 (1997-05-23)
Running time 129 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $73 million
Box office $618,638,999[2]

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (also known as Jurassic Park II: The Lost World) is a 1997 American science fiction adventure monster film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was produced by Gerald R. Molen and Colin Wilson. The screenplay was written by David Koepp, loosely based on Michael Crichton's 1995 novel The Lost World. The film stars Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard Schiff, Arliss Howard, Vanessa Lee Chester and Richard Attenborough.

Four years after the events of Jurassic Park, dinosaurs have secretly survived and been allowed to roam free on a deserted island. In the time between the two films, John Hammond loses control of his company, InGen, to his nephew, Peter Ludlow. Ludlow assembles a team to bring the animals back to the mainland to bring in revenue and restore the company. Hammond sees a chance to redeem himself for his past mistakes and sends an expedition led by Dr. Ian Malcolm to reach the island before InGen's team can get there. The two groups confront each other in the face of extreme danger and must team up for their own survival.

After the original book's release and the first film's success, Crichton was pressured not only by fans, but Spielberg himself, for a sequel novel. After the book was published in 1995, production began on a film sequel. The Lost World's plot and imagery is substantially darker than the previous film. Despite mixed reviews, it was a box office success, grossing $618 million worldwide.


The film's prologue depicts a wealthy British family on a yacht cruise near Isla Sorna. The daughter (Camilla Belle) wanders off and encounters a Compsognathus. As she offers morsels of food for the miniscule dinosaur to eat, this attracts more Compys. Screams are heard as she is attacked; the parents run to her rescue, much to the horror of the mother as she emits a high-pitched scream.

Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) publicized the incident at Jurassic Park, but disbelief destroyed his academic reputation. Four years later, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), having lost control of InGen to his unscrupulous nephew Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard) in the wake of the incident in the prologue, summons Ian to his home. He explains that Isla Sorna (also known as "Site B") is the island where the dinosaurs were engineered and nurtured for a few months before being moved to Isla Nublar, Jurassic Park's location. He also explains that after the park was shut down, a hurricane destroyed the containment facilities on Isla Sorna, and the dinosaurs have been living free in the wild ever since. Hammond requests Malcolm to join a team that will travel to Isla Sorna to document the dinosaurs in their natural habitat as a way of rallying public support to prevent Ludlow from exploiting the site in order to bail out InGen (as the company is facing bankruptcy) and encourage him to leave it as a nature preserve. Ian initially declines but, after learning that his girlfriend—paleontologist Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore)—is part of the team and is already on the island, agrees to go.

Ian meets the other two members of the team: equipment specialist and engineer Eddie Carr (Richard Schiff), and video documentarian Nick Van Owen (Vince Vaughn). Shortly after arriving on the island, they find Sarah after a brief encounter with a herd of Stegosaurus and discover that Ian's daughter Kelly has stowed away on the trailer that the group is using as a mobile base. Ian tries to take Kelly home, but they're interrupted by the arrival of a motley InGen team of mercenaries, hunters and paleontologists led by Ludlow, whom they spot chasing and capturing several dinosaurs such as Parasaurolophus, Pachycephalosaurus, Gallimimus, and Triceratops. Meanwhile, tracker and team leader Roland Tembo (Pete Postlethwaite) separates from the main group and goes after his big prize: a male Tyrannosaurus rex. He decides to capture it by luring it to the cries of its injured offspring. That night, Ian's team sneak into the InGen camp and learn of the truth: the captured dinosaurs will be brought to San Diego as the main attraction of a newly proposed theme park there, a profiteering enterprise that Ludlow would benefit from, against Hammond's behest. This prompts Nick and Sarah to free the caged dinosaurs; as soon as they are released, they wreak havoc upon the camp, destroying much needed weapons and equipment.

During the commotion, Nick frees the infant T-Rex and takes it to the trailer so Sarah can mend its broken leg. Ian, Kelly and Eddie secure themselves in a "high hide", a lift Eddie built to keep them safe above the trees. Fearing that the infant's parents might be searching for it, Ian rushes to the trailer to warn them. As soon as he arrives, two adult Tyrannosaurus rex emerge from the woods and begin to threaten them. They decide to release the infant, but after a few minutes they return and attack the trailer, pushing it over the edge of a nearby cliff, with Ian, Sarah and Nick trapped inside. Eddie decides to rescue them, but is interrupted and devoured by the T-Rex, sending the trailer and Eddie's SUV plummeting down the cliff. Ian, Sarah and Nick survive and are finally found by Kelly and the InGen team. With both groups' communications equipment and vehicles destroyed in the attacks, they team up to reach the old InGen compound's radio station on foot. During the trip, Dieter Stark (Peter Stormare), Roland's second-in-command is killed by a flock of Compsognathus.

The next night, the two Tyrannosaurus rex come across the group's camp, having followed the scent of the infant's blood on Sarah's jacket. One of the hunters notices them and screams, causing everyone to flee in panic. The female T-Rex chases the group, while Roland stays behind and manages to tranquilize the male. The hunters disband into the thick trees and pass through a field of tall grass, where a troop of breeding Velociraptors attack the hapless survivors. Ian, separated earlier from the group, reunites with Nick, Sarah and Kelly, and they continue on toward the compound. Nick finds the communications room and calls for rescue. After barely escaping a trio of Velociraptors, a helicopter finally arrives and whisks them off the island. From the air, they spot the unconscious male T.Rex being prepared for transport.

A freighter carries the T-Rex back to the mainland, but crashes into the dock at breakneck speed. Ludlow and several guards investigate and find that the crew has disappeared. A guard opens the cargo hold, accidentally releasing the T-Rex, which escapes into the city and goes on a rampage where it tramples some cars, rips apart a traffic light, causes a bus to crash into a video store, and kills a man. Realizing the T-Rex is likely searching for its infant, Ian and Sarah learn from Ludlow that the infant was captured and is in a secure InGen building somewhere in the city. They rush to retrieve the infant and use it to lure the adult back to the ship. The pair leave the infant at the ship's cargo hold, prompting Ludlow to go and retrieve it. The adult arrives, trapping Ludlow and injuring his leg, allowing the infant to pin him down and kill him. Before the authorities could fatally shoot the adult, Sarah successfully tranquilizes it as Ian seals the cargo hold doors.

Ian, Sarah and Kelly watch on live television as the ship carrying the adult and infant T-Rex is escorted back to Isla Sorna. John Hammond explains in an interview that the American and Costa Rican governments have agreed to declare the island a nature preserve. He ends the interview by saying "life will find a way", paraphrasing something Malcolm told him in the first film.


  • Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician and chaos theorist, and a survivor of the events on "Isla Nublar" from the first movie.
  • Julianne Moore as Dr. Sarah Harding, a behavioral paleontologist and Ian's girlfriend.
  • Vince Vaughn as Nick Van Owen, a well-traveled and experienced documentarian and environmentalist.
  • Pete Postlethwaite as Roland Tembo, a big-game hunter from Africa and the leader of his team.
  • Arliss Howard as Peter Ludlow, InGen's current CEO and Hammond's conniving nephew. He is the main antagonist of the film.
  • Richard Schiff as Eddie Carr, a timid and sardonic field equipment expert.
  • Richard Attenborough as John Hammond, InGen's former CEO and the park's original visionary.
  • Vanessa Lee Chester as Kelly Malcolm, Ian's teenage daughter from a failed marriage.
  • Peter Stormare as Dieter Stark, the InGen team's second-in-command, under Roland Tembo.
  • Thomas F. Duffy as Dr. Robert Burke, the InGen team's dinosaur expert.
  • Harvey Jason as Ajay Sidhu, Roland's immensely loyal and long-time best friend and hunting partner from India.
  • Ariana Richards as Alexis "Lex" Murphy, John Hammond's granddaughter and a survivor of the events on Isla Nublar.
  • Joseph Mazzello as Timothy "Tim" Murphy, John's grandson and also a survivor of the events on Isla Nublar.
  • Thomas Rosales, Jr. as Carter, Dieter's only friend.
  • Geno Silva as Carlos, the Mar Del Plata's captain who took Ian Malcolm and his team to Isla Sorna.
  • Alex Miranda as Higo, Carlos' son.
  • Robin Sachs as Cathy's father
  • Camilla Belle as Cathy Bowman
  • Sam Neill as Alan Grant (unreleased archive footage)

Dinosaurs on screen returns and new arrivals[edit]

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex - with return of the T-rex roar is a baby elephant mixed with a tiger and an alligator, and its breath is a whale's blow.
  • Velociraptor - with return of the raptor sound, Dolphin screams, walruses bellowing, geese hissing, an African crane's mating call, and human rasps were mixed to formulate various raptor sounds.
  • Compsognathus - The sounds used for this dinosaur consists of baby crocodiles, frogs, birds, and rats.
  • Parasaurolophus - Sound for this dinosaur is a cow bellowing into a tube.
  • Pachycephalosaurus - Sounds include a vulture, a goat, and a bear cub.
  • Stinkasaurus - A dinosaur based on Stinkor from He Man's rouges gallery.
  • Gallimimus - Sounds include a parakeet, a horse whining, and an ostrich.
  • Mamenchisaurus - an extremely large sauropod. The sounds of this creature was a cow.
  • Dorkanorus - an extremely dorky dinosaur with horn-rimmed glasses instead of actual horns.
  • Stegosaurus - Sounds of this dinosaur include a water buffalo, an elephant, cow for the adult Stegosaurus and a rhinoceros calf and hyena for the baby Stegosaurus.
  • Triceratops - Recycled sound of a cow bellowing.
  • Pteranodon - Sound for this creature was dental floss being pulled out of a package and slowed down for the screeching at the film's end.
  • Bones of Apatosaurus and Edmontosaurus are shown in the Tyrannosaurus nest and the worker village.
  • Pictures of Brachiosaurus, Geosternbergia (Pteranodon Sternbergi, in the film canon) and Dilophosaurus appear on one of the computer's (inside the trailer) screen-savers.


After the release of the novel Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton was pressured by fans for a sequel novel. Having never written a sequel, he initially refused, until the first film's success prompted Steven Spielberg himself to request one.[3] After the book was published in 1995, production on the sequel film began in September 1996. In November 1996, it was announced that Jeff Goldblum would star in the film, reprising his role as Ian Malcolm from the first film. Sam Neill, who starred as Dr. Alan Grant from the previous film was originally supposed to make an appearance through archive footage, but was ultimately cut from the film. [4]

The Mercedes-Benz W163 used in the film

The Lost World was filmed in Eureka, California, San Diego, California, Burbank, California, and Kauai, Hawaii. Although the ending takes place in San Diego, only one sequence is actually shot there, where the InGen helicopter flies over the wharf and banks towards the city. The other sequences were all shot in Burbank.[5]

Spielberg suggested the Tyrannosaurus rex's attack through San Diego be added to the film story, inspired by a similar attack scene of a Brontosaurus in London in the 1925 film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel The Lost World.[6]

Many elements from the original novel that were not ultimately used in the first film were instead used in The Lost World.[7] The opening sequence of a vacationing family's young daughter being attacked by a group of Compsognathus was very similar to the novel's opening scene, and Dieter Stark's death is also analogous to John Hammond's compy-related death in the novel. Also, Nick, Sarah, Kelly, and Burke being trapped behind a waterfall by one of the T. Rexes was ultimately taken from the novel, where Tim and Lex are trapped behind a man-made waterfall with the T. Rex attempting to eat them, and Roland Tembo shoots the T. Rex with tranquilizer in the same way that Robert Muldoon did in the novel.

According to Jack Horner, part of the waterfall scene was written in as a favor for him by Spielberg. Burke greatly resembles Horner's rival Robert Bakker. In real life, Bakker argues for a predatory Tyrannosaurus while Horner views it as primarily a scavenger. So Spielberg wrote Burke into this part to have him killed by the T. rex as a favor for Horner. After the film came out, Bakker, who recognized himself in Burke and loved it, actually sent Horner a message saying "See, I told you T. rex was a hunter!".[8]

There is a Godzilla reference at the end of the movie, when the T-Rex is rampaging through San Diego, and two Japanese men are seen running, shouting in Japanese, "I left Japan to get away from this!" [9]


The Lost World was released on May 23, 1997. The film made its VHS and LaserDisc debut on November 4, 1997.[10] The DVD, first released on October 10, 2000, includes deleted scenes involving Hammond's ouster from InGen that were incorporated into the Fox broadcast television premiere of the film. The film's Blu-ray version, released in 2011, also includes the deleted scenes.

The film was also released in a package with Jurassic Park.[11] The DVD has also been re-released with both sequels on December 11, 2001 as the Jurassic Park Trilogy[12] and as the Jurassic Park Adventure Pack on November 29, 2005.[13] The soundtrack was released on May 20, 1997. On the same day it was first released to DVD, a deluxe limited edition box set was released that included Jurassic Park and The Lost World, soundtracks for both films with packaging made exclusively for the set, two lenticulars, eight 8x10 stills (4 from each film), and a certificate of authenticity signed by all three producers of the set, all inside a collector case.[14]


Box office[edit]

The T. rex wreaking havoc received an MTV Movie Awards nomination for "Best Action Sequence"

Following four years of growing anticipation and hype, The Lost World broke many box office records upon its release. It took in $72,132,785 on its opening weekend ($92.6 million for the four-day Memorial Day holiday) in the U.S.,[15] which was the biggest opening weekend at the time,[16] surpassing the previous record-holder Batman Forever at $52.8 million. It held onto this record for four and a half years, until the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in November 2001. The Lost World took the record for highest single-day box office take of $26,083,950 on May 25,[17] a record held until the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It also became the fastest film to pass the $100 million mark, achieving the feat in just six days.[18] However, its total box office gross fell below the total of the original film.[19] With grossing $229,086,679 domestically and $389,552,320 internationally, the film ended up grossing $618,638,999 worldwide,[2] becoming the second highest grossing film of 1997 behind Titanic.

Critical response[edit]

The Lost World has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 52% with 33 out of 64 reviewers giving it a positive review.[20] Another aggregator Metacritic gives the film a weighted average rating of 59/100 based on reviews from 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[21]

Roger Ebert, who gave the first film three stars, gave The Lost World only two, writing that "It can be said that the creatures in this film transcend any visible signs of special effects and seem to walk the earth, but the same realism isn't brought to the human characters, who are bound by plot conventions and action formulas." Conversely, Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times saw improved character development over the original, saying, "It seemed such a mistake in Jurassic Park to sideline early on its most interesting character, the brilliant, free-thinking and outspoken theorist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) with a broken leg, but in its most inspired stroke, The Lost World brings back Malcolm and places him front and center," calling it "a pleasure to watch such wily pros as Goldblum and Attenborough spar with each other with wit and assurance."[22] The dinosaurs were even more developed as characters, with Stephen Holden of the New York Times saying, "The Lost World, unlike Jurassic Park, humanizes its monsters in a way that E.T. would understand."[23] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B grade; he remarked, "Mr. T-Rex was cool in the first Spielberg flick, sure, but it wasn't until [it was in] San Diego that things got crazy-cool. It's the old 'tree falling in the woods' conundrum: Unless your giant monster is causing massive property damage, can you really call it a giant monster?"[24]

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.'"[25]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Subject Nominee Result
Academy Awards Best Visual Effects Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Randal Dutra and Michael Lantieri Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Special Effects Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Pete Postlethwaite Nominated
Best Young Actress Vanessa Lee Chester Nominated
Best Fantasy Film Nominated
Best DVD Collection Nominated
Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated
Rembrandt Awards Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Action Sequence Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture - Animated or Mixed Media Nominated
Image Awards Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress Vanessa Lee Chester Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Instrumental Composition John Williams Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Sci-Fi Jeff Goldblum Nominated
Favorite Actress - Sci-Fi Julianne Moore Nominated
Sierra Awards Best DVD Won
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Remake or Sequel Nominated
Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property Nominated
Worst Screenplay David Koepp, based on the book by Michael Crichton Nominated
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[26] Worst Screenplay for a Film Grossing More Than $100 Million Worldwide Using Hollywood Math Nominated
Worst Sequel Nominated

See also[edit]


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