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Jurassic Park - Rex in the Mirror Closer Than Appears?
When the T-Rex is chasing the Jeep just after Ian is picked up, there is a shot of the Rex in the driver's side mirror. The mirror reads "Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear" BUT- that phrase only appears on the passenger side! The reason is that the passenger side mirror is farther away from the driver and is slighlty convex to give a wider field of vision. By US law, the driver side mirror must refract an image that the driver can safely judge distance accurately from. Thus, this phrase doesn't appear there.
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machyne on 05-30-2000
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ben writes:
I looked at this and thought the reason why US law stipulates where the mirror with writing should be on is due to what side of the road they drove on, ie if this scene was in California, then yes it is a slip up. However as there are no traffic situations to worry about due you think the livery company who painted and prepped the jeeps would be worried about this. Just a thought.
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Neo writes:
Yeah, you guys are right, this scene is not shot in the US, however, any automotive company that I know of builds their vehicles on an automated assembly line. That means the mirror with the text would've been put on the passenger side only unless there was a whole batch of cars that got screwed up from the factory. I don't really consider this a slip-up because it adds humor the scene. I do suppose they could've shown the T-Rex in the passenger side mirror to avoid such criticism.
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Candie writes:
One thing EVERYONE has missed about the mirror scene...if the objects are CLOSER than they appear, why is the t-rex's mouth shown in the reflection of the mirror being so close when actually he is least 100 yards behind them?
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shawn writes:
CtsGit is right. This movie takes place on a privately owned island off the coast of Costa Rica.
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mkardec writes:
KIA Motors' Towner mini van comes with this advice upon both mirrors. Certainly there are other car models that have these too. Not a slip up.
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CtSgIt writes:
This isn't the US.
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susieq writes:
The first time I saw the movie, I noticed the statement in the mirror but I thought it was a subtle "tongue-in-cheek" comment on the tense movie scene. I thought it was very clever.
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samjh writes:
Actually, Neo is wrong, this scene (all the movie in fact), is filmed in the US - Hawaii, in fact. If you've seen the 'making of' documentary you'll know this as well.
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