Steven Spielberg directed and Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen produced Jurassic Park, a 1993 American science fiction action film. It is the first film in the Jurassic Park franchise, as well as the first in the Jurassic Park trilogy, and is based on Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel of the same name, as well as a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp.
The film is set on the imaginary island of Isla Nublar, which is located off the Pacific coast of Central America near Costa Rica. There, John Hammond, a wealthy businessman, and a team of genetic scientists have constructed a de-extinct dinosaur wildlife park. A small handful of guests and Hammond’s grandchildren battle to survive and flee the treacherous island after industrial sabotage causes a catastrophic collapse of the park’s power facilities and security systems.
Filming took place in California and Hawaii from August to November 1992, with post-production continuing until May 1993, under the supervision of Spielberg, who was filming Schindler’s List in Poland at the time.
It went on to gross over $912 million worldwide during its initial theatrical run, making it the highest-grossing film of 1993 and the highest-grossing film ever at the time, a record it kept until Titanic was released in 1997. The Library of Congress chose the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 2018 because it is ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.’
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