How the guitar played a surprisingly important role in Jurassic Park’s most iconic scene

The Jurassic Park vehicle, which hosts the famous water cup scene – sparked by Lantieri's guitar
(Image credit: Murray Close / Getty)

A guitar played an unlikely role in what is arguably the most iconic scene in Jurassic Park – a moment that helped to make it the highest-grossing movie of all time upon its release back in 1993. 

We all know the scene: the protagonist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and his two young wards – Lex and Tim Murphy (played by Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello) – are sat in a Jurassic Park vehicle and notice a cup of water start to ripple and vibrate. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.