John Hammond Quotes in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)


John Hammond Quotes:

  • John Hammond: Don't worry, I'm not making the same mistakes again.

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: No, you're making all new ones.

  • [last lines]

    John Hammond: It is absolutely imperative that we work with the Costa Rican Department of Biological Preserves to establish a set of rules for the preservation and isolation of that island. These creatures require our absence to survive, not our help. And if we could only step aside and trust in nature, life will find a way.

  • Dr. Ian Malcolm: You sent my girlfriend to this island alone?

    John Hammond: Sent is hardly the word. She couldn't be restrained.

  • John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.

  • [last lines]

    Dr. Alan Grant: Hammond, after careful consideration, I've decided, not to endorse your park.

    John Hammond: So have I.

  • Dr. Ian Malcolm: Gee, the lack of humility before nature that's being displayed here, uh... staggers me.

    Donald Gennaro: Well thank you, Dr. Malcolm, but I think things are a little bit different then you and I had feared...

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, I know. They're a lot worse.

    Donald Gennaro: Now, wait a second now, we haven't even seen the park...

    John Hammond: No, no, Donald, Donald, Donald... let him talk. There's no reason... I want to hear every viewpoint, I really do.

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: Don't you see the danger, John, inherent in what you're doing here? Genetic power is the most awesome force the planet's ever seen, but you wield it like a kid that's found his dad's gun.

    Donald Gennaro: It's hardly appropriate to start hurling generalizations...

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: If I may... Um, I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here, it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now

    [bangs on the table]

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: you're selling it, you wanna sell it. Well...

    John Hammond: I don't think you're giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody's ever done before...

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.

    John Hammond: Condors. Condors are on the verge of extinction...

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: [shaking his head] No...

    John Hammond: If I was to create a flock of condors on this island, you wouldn't have anything to say.

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: No, hold on. This isn't some species that was obliterated by deforestation, or the building of a dam. Dinosaurs had their shot, and nature selected them for extinction.

    John Hammond: I simply don't understand this Luddite attitude, especially from a scientist. I mean, how can we stand in the light of discovery, and not act?

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: What's so great about discovery? It's a violent, penetrative act that scars what it explores. What you call discovery, I call the rape of the natural world.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: Well, the question is, how can you know anything about an extinct ecosystem? And therefore, how could you ever assume that you can control it? I mean, you have plants in this building that are poisonous, you picked them because they look good, but these are aggressive living things that have no idea what century they're in, and they'll defend themselves, violently if necessary.

    John Hammond: Dr. Grant, if there's one person here who could appreciate what I'm trying to do...

    Dr. Alan Grant: The world has just changed so radically, and we're all running to catch up. I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but look... Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?

    John Hammond: [laughing] I don't believe it. I don't believe it! You're meant to come down here and defend me against these characters, and the only one I've got on my side is the blood-sucking lawyer!

    Donald Gennaro: Thank you.

  • Dr. Alan Grant: [about the velociraptors] What kind of metabolism do they have? What's their growth rate?

    Muldoon: They're lethal at eight months, and I do mean lethal. I've hunted most things that can hunt you, but the way these things move...

    Dr. Alan Grant: Fast for a biped?

    Muldoon: Cheetah speed. Fifty, sixty miles an hour if they ever got out into the open, and they're astonishing jumpers...

    John Hammond: Yes, yes, yes. That's why we're taking extreme precautions.

    Dr. Alan Grant: Do they show intelligence? With their brain cavity...

    Muldoon: They show extreme intelligence, even problem-solving intelligence. Especially the big one. We bred eight originally, but when she came in she took over the pride and killed all but two of the others. That one... when she looks at you, you can see she's working things out. That's why we have to feed them like this. She had them all attacking the fences when the feeders came.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: But the fences are electrified though, right?

    Muldoon: That's right, but they never attack the same place twice. They were testing the fences for weaknesses, systematically. They remember.

  • Dr. Ian Malcolm: [to the security camera in the tour car, after yet again a dinosaur has failed to appear] Ah, now eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on your, on your dinosaur tour, right? Hello?

    [he taps the camera lens and breathes on it]

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: Hello? Yes?

    John Hammond: [watching him on a monitor in the control room] I really hate that man.

  • Ray Arnold: [alarms start going off in the control room] Fences are failing all over the park.

    John Hammond: Find Nedry! Check the vending machines!

  • [repeated line]

    John Hammond: We spared no expense.

  • John Hammond: [as they gather around a baby dinosaur hatching from its egg] I've been present for the birth of every little creature on this island.

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: Surely not the ones that are bred in the wild?

    Henry Wu: Actually they can't breed in the wild. Population control is one of our security precautions. There's no unauthorized breeding in Jurassic Park.

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: How do you know they can't breed?

    Henry Wu: Well, because all the animals in Jurassic Park are female. We've engineered them that way.

    [they take the baby dinosaur out of its egg. A robot arm picks up the shell out of Grant's hand and puts it back down]

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: But again, how do you know they're all female? Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs' skirts?

    Henry Wu: We control their chromosomes. It's really not that difficult. All vertebrate embryos are inherently female anyway, they just require an extra hormone given at the right developmental stage to make them male. We simply deny them that.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: Deny them that?

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: John, the kind of control you're attempting simply is... it's not possible. If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh... well, there it is.

    John Hammond: [sardonically] There it is.

    Henry Wu: You're implying that a group composed entirely of female animals will... breed?

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: No. I'm, I'm simply saying that life, uh... finds a way.

  • John Hammond: Dr. Grant, my dear Dr. Sattler... Welcome to Jurassic Park.

  • John Hammond: ...And there's no doubt; our attractions will drive kids our of their minds!

    Dr. Alan Grant: And what are those?

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: Small versions of adults, honey...

  • Muldoon: What about the lysine contingency? We could put that into effect!

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: What's that?

    John Hammond: That is absolutely out of the question.

    Ray Arnold: The lysine contingency is intended to prevent the spread of the animals in case they ever get off the island. Dr. Wu inserted a gene that makes a single faulty enzyme in protein metabolism. The animals can't manufacture the amino acid lysine. Unless they're continually supplied with lysine by us, they'll slip into a coma and die.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: How could we cut off the lysine?

    Ray Arnold: No real trick to it. Just stop running the program, leaving them unattended.

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: How long before they become comatose?

    Ray Arnold: It would be totally painless - they'd just slip into unconsciousness and die.

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: How long until they slip into unconsciousness?

    Ray Arnold: Hmm... seven days, more or less.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: Seven days? Seven days? Oh, that's great. Clever!

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: That'll be a first - man and dinosaur all die together. John's plan.

    John Hammond: People. Are. Dying! Mr. Arnold, will you please shut down the system.

    Ray Arnold: OK, but... you asked for it. Hold on to your butts!

    [switches the mainframe off]

  • Dr. Alan Grant: [seeing the dinosaurs for the first time] How fast are they?

    John Hammond: Well, we clocked the T-Rex at 32 miles an hour.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: T-T-Rex?

    John Hammond: [nodding] Mm-hm.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: You said you've got a T-Rex?

    John Hammond: [nodding] Uh-huh.

    Dr. Alan Grant: [grabbing Hammond's shoulder] Say again?

    John Hammond: [smiling] We have a T-Rex.

    [Grant almost faints]

  • John Hammond: [Ellie is going out to the maintenance shed to switch the circuit breakers, the dinosaurs are on the loose] It ought to be me really going.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: Why?

    John Hammond: Well, I'm a... And you're, um, a...

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: Look... We can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back.

  • John Hammond: You'll have to get used to Dr. Malcolm, he suffers from a deplorable excess of personality, especially for a mathematician.

  • Dr. Alan Grant: [Dr. Grant enters his mobile trailer home and sees John Hammond in his fridge] What the hell do you think you're doing in here?

    [John pops open a bottle of champagne. The cork comes flying at Grant and he ducks]

    Dr. Alan Grant: Hey, we were saving that.

    John Hammond: For today, I guarantee it.

  • Dr. Alan Grant: [calling Hammond on the phone] Mr. Hammond, the phones are working.

    John Hammond: Are the children all right?

    Dr. Alan Grant: The children are fine. Call the mainland. Tell them to send the damn helicopters.

    [we hear the raptors smashing the windows]

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: It's gonna come through the glass!

    [Grant starts shooting at it. Hammond listens to the noises]

    John Hammond: [screaming] GRANT!

  • John Hammond: [to Gennaro, referring to Malcolm] I bring the scientists, you bring a rock star.

  • Donald Gennaro: Let's get something straight, John, this is not a weekend excursion, this is a serious investigation of the stability of the island. Your investors, whom I represent, are deeply concerned. And 48 hours from now, if they're not convinced, I'm not convinced. I'll shut you down, John.

    John Hammond: [smiles] In 48 hours, I'll be accepting your apologies.

  • John Hammond: When we have control again...

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: You never had control, that's the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too, I didn't have enough respect for that power and it's out now. The only thing that matters now are the people we love. Alan and Lex and Tim. John, they're out there where people are dying.

  • John Hammond: You know the first attraction I ever built when I came down south from Scotland? It was a Flea Circus, Petticoat Lane. Really quite wonderful. We had a wee trapeze, and a merry-go... carousel and a seesaw. They all moved, motorized of course, but people would say they could see the fleas. "Oh, I see the fleas, mummy! Can't you see the fleas?" Clown fleas and high wire fleas and fleas on parade... But with this place, I wanted to show them something that wasn't an illusion. Something that was real, something that they could see and touch. An aim not devoid of merit.

  • 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.

  • John Hammond: [Jurassic Park] Why didn't I build it in Orlando?

  • Dr. Alan Grant: [Hammond's sudden arrival via helicopter threatened the discovery of a new dinosaur skeleton] Who in God's name do you think you are?

    John Hammond: John Hammond. And I'm delighted to meet you finally in person, Dr Grant.

    [they shake hands and Hammond blows dust off his hand]

    John Hammond: I can see that my 50,000 a year has been well spent.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: [Ellie storms into the trailer] OK, who's the jerk?

    Dr. Alan Grant: This is our paleobotanist, Dr...

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: Sattler.

    John Hammond: Ah hah!

    Dr. Alan Grant: Ellie, this is Mr Hammond.

    John Hammond: Forgive the dramatic entrance, Dr Sattler.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: [apologetic] Did I say jerk?

    John Hammond: Come on, sit down, sit down.

    [Alan and Ellie try to help out]

    John Hammond: No, no, no I can manage this. I know my way around the kitchen. I'll come right to the point. I like you, both of you. I can tell instantly about people. It's a gift. I own an island, off the coast of Costa Rica. I've leased it from the government and I've spent the last five years setting up a kind of biological preserve. Really spectacular, spared no expense. It'll make the one I've got down in Kenya look like a petting zoo. And there's no doubt, our attractions will drive kids out of their minds.

    Dr. Alan Grant: What are those?

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: Smaller versions of adults, honey.

    John Hammond: And not just kids. Everyone. We're going to open in the Fall, that is if the lawyers don't kill me first. I don't care for lawyers, do you?

    Dr. Alan Grant: [together with Ellie] Oh, we... don't really know, really.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: [together with Grant] Oh, we... don't really know, really.

    John Hammond: Well, I do I'm afraid. This particular pebble in my shoe represents my investors. That they insist on outside opinions.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: What kind of opinions?

    John Hammond: Well, you're kind not to put too fine a point on it. I mean, let's face it... in your particular field you're the top minds. And if I could just persuade you, to sign off on the park, give it your endorsement, maybe even pen a wee testimonial, I could get right back on shedule, er... schedule.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: Why would they care what we think?

    Dr. Alan Grant: What kind of park is this?

    John Hammond: It's right up your alley. I tell you what. Why don't you come down, just the pair of you for the weekend? I'd love to have the opinion of a paleobotanist as well. I've got a jet standing by at Choteau.

    Dr. Alan Grant: I'm sorry Mr Hammond, but that's impossible. We just dug up a new skeleton...

    John Hammond: I could compensate you by fully funding your dig...

    Dr. Alan Grant: [wavering] And this is a very unusual time.

    John Hammond: ...for a further three years.

  • Ray Arnold: [taking over Dennis Nedry's terminal which is covered in junk food wrappers] Look at this work station!

    [pushes the trash on the floor]

    Ray Arnold: What a complete slob!

    Muldoon: The raptor fences aren't out, are they?

    Ray Arnold: No, no. They're still on.

    John Hammond: Why the hell would he turn the other ones off?

  • John Hammond: Robert, I... I wonder if perhaps you would be good enough to take a gas jeep, and bring back my grandchildren.

    Muldoon: Sure.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: I'm going with him.

    Ray Arnold: John? John? I can't get Jurassic Park back online without Dennis Nedry.

  • John Hammond: [Lex and Tim] They'll be fine. Who better to get the children through Jurassic Park than a dinosaur expert?

  • Dr. Alan Grant: What kind of park is this?

    John Hammond: It's right up your alley.

  • John Hammond: We've made living biological attractions so astounding that they'll capture the imagination of the entire planet.

  • Donald Gennaro: [pointing at the scientists in the lab] Are these characters... auto-erotica?

    John Hammond: No, no, no. We have no animatronics here. These are the real miracle workers of Jurassic Park.

  • Donald Gennaro: And we can charge anything we want, 2,000 a day, 10,000 a day, and people will pay it. And then there's the merchandise...

    John Hammond: Donald, Donald... This park was not built to cater only for the super-rich. Everyone in the world has the right to enjoy these animals.

    Donald Gennaro: Sure, they will. Well, we'll have a, a coupon day or something.

  • Dr. Ellie Sattler: So...

    [tastes some of the ice cream on the table]

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: It's good.

    John Hammond: Spared no expense.

  • Dr. Ellie Sattler: [after entering the maintenance shed] Mr Arnold? Mr Arnold? John, I'm in.

    John Hammond: [over Ellie's radio] Great. Now, ahead of you, is a metal staircase. Go down it.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: OK, I'm going down.

    John Hammond: After 20 or 30 feet, you come to a T-junction. Take a left.

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: Just have her follow these cables...

    John Hammond: I understand how to read a schematic.

  • Dr. Ellie Sattler: [Ellie walks into a wall of the maintenance shed] Dead end.

    John Hammond: Uh, wait a minute. Wait a minute. Yes, there should have been a right turn back there somewhere...

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: [Malcolm grabs the radio off of Hammond] Look above you. There should be a large power cable, and pipes in the same direction. Follow that.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: OK, I'm following the piping.

  • Dr. Ellie Sattler: But you can't think your way through this, John. You have to feel it.

    John Hammond: You're right. You're absolutely right. Hiring Nedry was a mistake, that's obvious. We're over-dependent on automation. I can see that now. Now, the next time, everything is correctible...

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: John...

    John Hammond: Creation is an act of sheer will. Next time it'll be flawless.

  • Donald Gennaro: [looking at the Jurassic Park technicians] This is overwhelming, John. Are these characters auto-erotica?

    John Hammond: No,no,no we have no animatronics here. Those people are the real miracle workers of Jurassic Park.

  • John Hammond: So much for our first tour: two no-shows and one sick Triceratops.

    Ray Arnold: It could have been worse, John. A lot worse.

  • Ray Arnold: Um... It's OK.

    [looking at one of the computers in the control room]

    Ray Arnold: Look, see that. It's on. It worked.

    Dr. Ian Malcolm: What... what do you mean, it worked? Everything's still off.

    Ray Arnold: Well, maybe the shutdown tripped the circuit breakers. All we have to do is turn them back on. Reboot a few systems in here. Telephones. Security doors, and a half dozen others but it worked. The system's ready.

    Muldoon: Where are the breakers?

    Ray Arnold: Maintenance shed. At the other end of the compound. Three minutes, and I can have power back on in the entire park.

    John Hammond: Well, just to be safe I want everyone in the emergency bunker, until Mr Arnold returns, and the whole system's up and running again.

  • John Hammond: Now Ellie, you can't throw the main switch by hand. You've got to pump up the primer handle in order to get the charge. Its large, flat, and gray.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: OK, here I go, OK.

    [Ellie starts pumping the handle]

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: One. Two. Three. Four. OK, charged.

    John Hammond: Under the words Contact Position, there's a round green button, which says Push to Close.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: [sees the button] Push to Close, OK.

    John Hammond: Push it.

  • John Hammond: [walking into the Visitor's Centre for the first time] The most advanced amusement park in the entire world. And I'm not just talking about rides, you know? Everybody has rides. No, we have made living biological attractions so astounding, that they'll capture the imaginations of the entire planet.

  • John Hammond: Well, we clocked the T-Rex at 32 mph

    Dr. Ellie Sattler: [looks at Hammond] T-Rex... , you said you've got a T-Rex?

    Dr. Alan Grant: [to Hammond] Say again

    John Hammond: We have a T-Rex

  • John Hammond: [the park's first tour has had to be cut short because of an incoming storm] Damn!

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