Jaws script
Jaws (1975)
Synopsis: When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

OVER BLACK:

Sounds of the innerspaces rushing forward.

Then a splinter of blue light in the center of the picture.

It breaks wide, showing the top and bottom a silhouetted

curtain of razor sharp teeth suggesting that we are inside

of a tremendous gullet, looking out at the onrushing undersea

world at night. HEAR a symphony of underwater sounds:

landslide, metabolic sounds, the rare and secret noises that

certain undersea species share with each other. Also, the

hint of familiar music, twisted and distorted by the depths.

CUT TO:

EXT. BEACHNIGHT – SHARK'S POINT OF VIEWRISING OUT OF

THE WATER, LOOKING AT

It is a pleasant, moonlit, windless night in mid-June. We

see a long straight stretch of white beach. Behind the low

dunes are the dark shapes of large expensive houses. Hear a

number of voices singing. It sounds like an eastern

university's alma mater, no longer distorted.

EXT. BEACHNIGHTANOTHER ANGLE

Around a blazing bonfire, a group of young men and women,

beer cans (or maybe a keg) in evidence, as well as the bota

Spanish leather wine-bag much in favor by beach and ski-bum

types.

The group is swapping sentimental alma maters, weepily singing

eastern Ivy League anthems -– Dartmouth, Cornell, Harvard,

Penn, etc. Two young people break away from the others. They

are Tom Cassidy and Chrissie. Behind them, there is

considerable necking activity; Tom and Chrissie are more

serious.

TOM:

Makes a clumsy attempt at snaring Chrissie, cups her from

behind. She squirms playfully out of his grasp. We discover

he's not especially sober.

TOM:

Hey! Hey hey! I'm with you, right?

EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE BEACH – NIGHT

Tom and Chrissie are separated from the others, silhouetted

against the fire, she pauses and looks at the ocean, he is

plodding along in the sand, winded.

Chrissie runs down the slope of the dune towards the water,

leaving Tom reeling atop the dune. As she runs, she is

shedding her clothes. Tom is trying to trail her by her

clothes, like Hansel following bread crumbs through the woods.

But Chrissie is way ahead of him.

CHRISSIE:

C'mon!

She runs headlong into the inviting sea, plunges cleanly

into the water with a light "Whoops!" as the cold water sweeps

over her.

Behind all this, we continue to hear the sentimental, beery

chorus of alma maters.

Then we see it -- a gentle bulge in the water, a ripple that

passes her a dozen feet away. A pressure wave lifts her up,

then eases her down again, like a smooth, sudden swell.

CHRISSIE:

Tommy? Don't dunk me...

She looks around for him, finds him still on the beach, his

feet tangled in his pants, which have dropped around his

ankles. She starts to swim back in to him.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)Say it

Peter Benchley

Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 11, 2006) was an American author. He wrote the novel Jaws and co-wrote its subsequent film adaptation with Carl Gottlieb. Several more of his works were also adapted for cinema, including The Deep, The Island, Beast, and White Shark. more…

All Peter Benchley scripts | Peter Benchley Books

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Translation

Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss this Jaws script with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Jaws" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 18 Nov. 2017. <http://www.scripts.com/script/jaws_190>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!