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Jurassic Park (Universal, 1993)

Michael Crichton is a physician, author, producer, director and screenwriter. Even
before he published the novel, Jurassic Park in 1990, Universal Studios and producer Steven Spielberg came calling to buy the movie
rights. The film was produced for $63 million
and brought in over (an astounding) one billion (that’s $1,000,000,000)!

Jurassic Park is set on the fictional Isla Nublar, an islet off Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. A billionaire philanthropist and a team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs. Jurassic Park starred Sam Niell, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L. Jackson and Wayne Knight.

Until 1997’s Titanic, Jurassic Park was the highest grossing movie, stealing the title from another Spielberg classic, 1982’s E.T. Jurassic Park has won over 20 awards (including 3 Oscar Awards), mostly for special effects. Worldwide, Jurassic Park is the 14th highest grossing film, the 16th North American highest grossing film and the most financially successful film for NBC/Universal and Steven Spielberg. (These totals are correct following the 3D rerelease in 2013 to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary.)

Jurassic Park spawned two sequels. A third film, Jurassic World, is due in theaters in June 2015.