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Jaws Scene 3

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Scene 3

Scene 3

  • Brody and his family are enjoying a nice day at the beach, along with about half of Amity.
  • Swimmers frolic in the waves as Brody looks on anxiously. A fat lady, a dog, a playful couple, and a young boy named Alex Kintner are all just a splishin' and a splashin.'
  • People continue to pester Brody with their petty little problems. Shut up about the parking already.
  • An islander named Harry teases Brody about his fear of water as his kids go into the water.
  • A dog playing in the water seems to disappear...
  • Ohhh no… The camera shifts to that shark's-eye view again, and the music starts. The camera zooms in on Alex Kintner's raft!
  • From the beach, we see a shark's tail flail out of the water as Alex is grabbed from beneath. Onlookers gasp in disbelief as a fountain of blood gushes out of the water and the boy is dragged under.
  • Cue the cool camera zoom effect shot of Brody's shell-shocked face.
  • An oil slick of blood spreads through the waves as everyone rushes out of the water.
  • Alex Kintner's mother searches for him amid the confusion, and his bloody and ripped raft washes ashore.
  • At the town hall it's pandemonium as everyone tries to make sense of what happened on the beach. Mrs. Kintner is apparently advertising in out-of-town newspapers that anyone who kills the shark will get a reward of $3,000.
  • The mayor holds a town hall meeting crowded with townspeople and officials.
  • Brody says he's bringing in an expert from the oceanographic institute on the mainland and he's closing the beaches, causing an uproar from concerned business owners.
  • Vaughn promises it will only be closed for 24 hours over Brody's protests.
  • Amid the bedlam Mr. Quint, a local fisherman, offers to kill the shark for $10,000 in order to save the town's tourist season. Vaughn says they'll consider it.

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