Ah Ah Ah You Didnt Say The Magic Word
Dennis Nedry is one of the novel’s human antagonists. He is described as an obese, messy computer scientist.
[Dodgson is meeting Nedry at a restaurant in Costa Rica]
Dennis Nedry: [waving] Dodgeson!
Lew Dodgson: [sitting down] You shouldn’t use my name.
Dennis Nedry: [loudly] Dodgson, Dodgson, we’ve got Dodgson here! Nobody cares. Nice hat. What are you trying to look like, a secret agent?
Dennis Nedry: Don’t get cheap on me, Dodgson. That was Hammond’s mistake.
Dennis Nedry: [scrambling on the ground] My glasses…
Dennis Nedry: I can afford more glasses!
Ray Arnold: [trying to bring the system back on-line] Access main program. Access main security. Access main program grid.
[the computer denies him finally saying, “You didn’t say the magic word!”]
Dennis Nedry: [on computer] Uh uh uh! You didn’t say the magic word! Uh uh uh! Uh uh uh!
[repeating uh uh uh]
Ray Arnold: Please! God damn it! I hate this hacker crap!
John Hammond: Dennis, our lives are in your hands and you have butterfingers?
Dennis Nedry: [laughs] I am totally unappreciated in my time. You can run this whole park from this room with minimal staff for up to 3 days. You think that kind of automation is easy? Or cheap? You know anybody who can network 8 connection machines and debug 2 million lines of code for what I bid for this job? Because if he can I’d like to see him try.
John Hammond: I’m sorry about your financial problems, Dennis, I really am, but they are your problems.
Dennis Nedry: Oh, you’re right, John, you’re absolutely right. You know, everything’s my problem.
John Hammond: I will not get drawn into another financial debate with you, Dennis. I really will not!
Dennis Nedry: There’d be hardly any debate at all.
John Hammond: I don’t blame people for their mistakes. But I do ask that they pay for them.
Dennis Nedry: Thanks dad.
Nedry, Hammond’s step-son, works for Hammond as the system’s programmer and is in charge of networking Jurassic Park’s computers. Though he was not given any details about InGen’s operation, Nedry was expected to fix numerous bugs and issues without knowing the ultimate goal. He feels left out of the loop and doesn’t feel like he is respected or paid enough for the very essential job he does. This leads him to make a deal with Dodgson of Biosyn to steal several dinosaur embryos for $1.5 million. In order to do this, he shuts down the park’s security systems, including several electric fences surrounding select dinosaur paddocks. He intended to steal embryos from a secure lab, drive them through the park to a waiting agent at the dock, and return to his post before being noticed. Though it was only meant to be temporary, he crashes his Jeep and is subsequently blinded and killed by a Dilophosaurus. Though his pride in his knowledge of complex computer systems made him feel more important than the other workers, Tim is later able to easily navigate the system in order to restore power to the visitor’s center. In the sequel, Malcolm does not include him as one of the people whose deaths can be attributed to the park. This implies that his death is unknown to most of the characters who presumably believed he escaped the island. Nedry’s role in the film is generally the same as that of the novel.