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Differences Between the Jurassic Park Book and Movie

Jurassic Park was based on the novel, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. There are some fundamental differences between the book and the movie and we outline them below in this Jurassic Park Tribute Feature.

And here is another treat. You an compare the screenplays for Jurassic Park. Here is the first draft written by Michael Crichton and here is the screenplay for the version that ended up on the screen.

In the book John Hammond he is a very BAD man and the clear villain of the story. By contrast, in the movie he is an eccentric but misguided Walt Disney wannabe. Also, he is killed by Compy's in the book but escapes from the island in the movie.

Dr. Ian Malcolm was not as prominent a character in the book as he was in the movie. In the book he's much more of a serious scientist as opposed to the guy with all the good one-liners. Also, the T-Rex kills him in the book but only wounds him in the movie.

In the book Dr. Alan Grant is seriously wounded from his encounters with the T-Rex and the Raptors but at the end of the movie he doesn't seem to be hurt at all.

In the book Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler are not in a romantic relationship. Sattler is one of Grant's graduate students and is actually engaged to somebody else. In the movie they are obviously a couple.

In the book Ray Arnold is called John Arnold.

In the book Donald Gennaro survives and is a much more prominent character. In the movie his role is diminished and he is eaten by a T-Rex.

In the book Dr. Wu is a much more important character and he is killed by Raptors. In the movie, he is only in a few scenes and escapes from the island.

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