EXT. NICK'S HOUSE-DAY-NICK'S WIFE BRANDY,25,IS SITTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WATER ON THEIR BEACH IN THEIR BACKYARD. NICK AND BRANDY'S SON SETH,3,IS PLAYING IN THE SAND A FEW FEET FROM HER.SETH IS IN SHORTS AND NO SHIRT,BRANDY IS IN A TANK TOP AND SHORTS.SHE'S JUST STARING OUT ACROSS THE WATER.
Seth looks up at Brandy.
Brandy looks over at him.
BRANDY:I don't know.He's probably on his way.
SETH:I hope so.
Seth goes back to playing in the sand.
INT. NICK'S POLICE JEEP-NICK IS DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD INFRONT OF HIS HOUSE.THROUGH THE PASSENGER WINDOW HE SPOTS HIS FAMILY ON THE BEACH.
EXT. THE JEEP-DAY-THE JEEP PULLS INTO THE HOUSE'S DRIVEWAY.
The driver's side door opens and Nick gets out.He's kind of worried but not freaking out.
INT. THE HOUSE-THE FRONT DOOR OPENS AND NICK COMES IN.
We watch Nick walk through the house and out through the back sliding glass door.
EXT. THE HOUSE-DAY-NICK COMES OUT OF THE SLIDING GLASS DOOR,SHUTTING IT BEHIND HIM.
Brandy and Seth look back at him.
Seth jumps up and runs toward his father,who is walking toward them.
Nick stoops down and picks Seth up.
Brandy stands up.
BRANDY:Where have you been?
NICK:Brandy,I have to talk to you.
Nick looks around.
BRANDY:He's right over there.
Brandy points to a young Cockerspaniel laying next to the back porch,sleeping.This dog is the Walker family dog, Chickenhead.
BRANDY:What's wrong with you?
NICK:Let's go inside and I'll tell you.
INT. THE HOSPITAL LOBBY-TRISH HANGS UP A PAY PHONE,SIGHING.
The coroner's assistant that was listening to Trish and Riley talk walks up.
Trish turns to the assistant.
ASSISTANT:Do you work for the Amity paper?
ASSISTANT:The police told you they were still investigating Carrie Salyers' death,didn't they?
TRISH:Yeah.You hear different?
ASSISTANT:The coroner already told them what it was.
TRISH:What was it?
ASSISTANT:I can't tell you now.
TRISH:When can you tell me?
ASSISTANT:Meet me in the staff parking garage at five o'clock.
TRISH:(smiles)Okay.I'll be there.
ASSISTANT:So will I.
The assistant smiles and walks away.
The assistant walks into an open elevator and turns around to look at Trish as the doors slide shut.
INT. THE POLICE MARINA-THERE ARE FIVE BOATS IN THE MARINA, EACH WITH TWO OFFICERS ON IT.ONE COPS DOES THE DRIVING, THE OTHER COP IS ON THE DECK WITH A RIFLE.THE BOATS ARE STARTING UP AND LEAVING ONE-BY-ONE.
We follow one of the boats as it leaves.
EXT. THE BOAT-DAY-THE BOAT DRIVES OUT ON THE OCEAN.
INT. THE STEERING ROOM-THE OFFICER DRIVING THE BOAT GRABS A C.B. MIKE.
OFFICER:Chief Danes,this is Officer Andy Prine in Unit Three leaving the marina at....(looks at watch)two-thirteen P.M. Over.
RILEY:(on C.B.)This is Chief Danes,Andy.Proceed to Dawson's Beach.Over.
OFFICER:Alright,sir.Over and out.
Officer Prine puts the C.B. back where he got it from and turns the steering wheel of the boat to his right.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-RILEY PUTS A C.B. MIKE DOWN.HE'S STANDING AT A COUNTER IN THE MAIN ROOM THAT HAS A BIG C.B. BOX ON IT.
Riley turns around from the counter.
RILEY:Well,all the boats are out.
The only person in the station is Cory.He's sitting at his desk looking through Nick's book.
RILEY:What are you readin'?
CORY:I'm not.This is Nick's book.
RILEY:What is it?
Riley sits down at Nick's desk.
CORY:It's called CHILD'S TOYS.It's about a small town in Indiana where demonic spirits are possessing all the toys and killing people for absolutely no reason.It's pretty stupid but the writing's good.
RILEY:It sounds pretty dumb.
CORY:The demon even possesses 8-Balls.
CORY:You know,Magic 8-Balls.You ask 'em a question and they...
RILEY:(interrupts)Oh,yeah.Yeah,okay.I remember them.
CORY:Anyway,this demon possesses an 8-Ball and this eight-year-old kid comes up and asks the ball a bunch of questions and everything he wants it to say it says the opposite. Finally he gets fed up and asks the ball,jokingly,"Is there a demon inside you?",and the ball answers,Yes Definetely and then the kid asks the ball,"Can I kill the demon?",and the ball answers Don't Count On It.Then the kid freaks.
Riley chuckles and Cory smiles.
CORY:It's just little parts like that that make it passable.
Riley sighs,standing up.
RILEY:Well,I'm gonna go check the old records.Find out about the old attacks.
Riley walks into his office.
INT. NICK'S HOUSE-THE LIVINGROOM-SETH IS PLAYING WITH CHICKENHEAD ON THE FLOOR.
INT. THE KITCHEN-NICK IS SITTING AT THE TABLE EATING LUNCH.BRANDY IS SITTING ACROSS FROM HIM DRINKING A POP.
BRANDY:Oh my god.A shark?
BRANDY:It really killed a person?
NICK:A summer girl.
BRANDY:Holy shit.Has that ever happened before?
NICK:Yeah.In '75,'79,and '95.
BRANDY:Well,is it gone now?
NICK:We don't know.We have boats patrolling the waters off the public beaches.I just don't want you or Seth or Chickenhead in the water.
BRANDY:I won't even let Seth outside.
NICK:No,you can let him outside.The shark can't come out of the water.
BRANDY:Oh,thanks for the lesson teacher.Do you think I'm retarded? But if Seth goes outside he'll want to go in the water.
NICK:Don't let him.
BRANDY:You can't stop him when he wants something.
NICK:I know how to stop him.
Nick stops and thinks.After a while-
NICK:I'm thinking.(smiles)I don't know.
NICK:Wait a second.Yes,I do know.Tell him if he stays out of the water you'll buy him an ice cream cone.
BRANDY:That would probably work if he didn't hate ice cream.
NICK:He doesn't like ice cream?
BRANDY:No,because he gets headaches.
NICK:Ice cream headaches.I hate those.I wish there was a way not to get them.
BRANDY:There is.Eat the ice cream slow.You inhale it.
NICK:If you don't they melt all over the place.
BRANDY:God I love these intellectual conversations we have.
EXT. A POLICE BOAT-DAY-THE UNIT NUMBER PAINTED ON THE SIDE OF THE BOAT IS: 5.
We pull back to see that the boat is stopped and turned off about a hundred feet from the shore of a beach that has about eighty people on it.
INT. THE STEERING ROOM-THE DRIVER OFFICER,OFFICER BEN EMMERICH,IS SITTING IN A CHAIR READING A NEWSPAPER.
EXT. THE BOAT-DAY-THE RIFLE-HOLDING OFFICER IS SITTING IN A CHAIR HOLDING HIS RIFLE,SLEEPING.HE IS,OFCOURSE, CARL WHITLEY.
EXT. THE BEACH-DAY-TWENTY OF THE EIGHTY PEOPLE ARE LOUNGING. THE OTHER SIXTY ARE SWIMMING.
One of the people is Dean Patrick,61,an old,out of shape man who's swimming farther out than anybody else.
Dean paddles every once in a while but mostly he just bobs there doing nothing.
After a while,during which we look back and forth between Dean and the other people splashing and swimming in the water,we see Dean go underwater.
A couple seconds later Dean comes back up.He went under intentionally.
He begins to swim toward shore.
INT. THE WATER-WE SWIM THROUGH THE WATER IN THE SHARK'S P.O.V.
EXT. THE WATER-DEAN SWIMS TOWARD SHORE.
INT. THE WATER-IN THE SHARK'S P.O.V WE LOOK UP AT DEAN SWIMMING ABOUT TEN FEET ABOVE US.
EXT. THE WATER-DEAN SWIMS.
INT. THE WATER-WE START UP TOWARD DEAN.
EXT. THE WATER-DEAN STOPS SWIMMING.HE FELT SOMETHING.
DEAN:What the hell?
INT. THE WATER-WE GO STRAIGHT TO DEAN'S LEG.
EXT. THE WATER-DEAN IS JERKED DOWN SLIGHTLY.
He starts to look down,but then is viciously jerked down into the water.
INT. THE WATER-DEAN IS PULLED UNDER A FEW FEET.
He looks around,panicking,trying to swim back to the surface.
He looks down.
DEAN'S P.O.V-WE SEE A HUGE GREAT WHITE SHARK WITH DEAN'S RIGHT LEG IN IT'S MOUTH.BLOOD IS RISING FROM HIS LEG.
EXT. THE WATER-DEAN BURSTS UP FROM THE WATER,SCREAMING.
Dean is pulled back underwater.
After a couple seconds he comes back up.
Dean starts screaming again,then is jerked back underwater.
Everyone in the water stops what they're doing and looks back to where Dean is.The beach gets totally silent.
Dean comes back up from the water,screaming.
He's quickly pulled back under.
He doesn't come back up.
After a few seconds the people begin to talk.
EXT. THE BOAT-DAY-WHITLEY WAKES UP,GROGGY,NOT KNOWING WHAT HAPPENED.HE LOOKS AROUND.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY IS STANDING INFRONT OF A FILING CABINET FLIPPING THROUGH FILES.
He stops when he comes to a file labelled: SHARKS. '61,'75, '79,'95.
He pulls the file out of the cabinet and puts it on his desk.
He shuts the cabinet and sits down.
INT. THE MAIN ROOM-THE DOOR OPENS AND NICK COMES IN,HOLDING A SMALL PAPER BAG.
Cory is sitting at his desk reading Nick's book.When Nick comes in Cory looks up at him.
CORY:What took you so long?
The wall clock reads: 3:40 P.M.
NICK:It only took me a little over two hours.I ate and talked to my wife.I brought you some like you asked.
Nick drops the paper bag on Cory's desk,then sits at his own.
CORY:Thanks.What is it?
Cory reaches in and pulls out aluminum-foil-wrapped food, setting it out infront of him.
NICK:Readin' my book,huh?
CORY:Yeah.Could you get me a pop?
Nick reaches over to the small refridgerator on the counter beside him and opens it.
Inside there are pops and assorted foods.Nick grabs a pop and shuts the fridge.
Nick tosses the pop to Cory.
Cory catches it and sets it down on his desk.
NICK:So,do you like it?
CORY:I haven't tried anything yet.
NICK:No,I mean the book.Do you like it?
NICK:(laughs)Neither do I.
The phone rings and Nick jumps.
Cory answers the phone.
CORY:Amity Police Department.
NICK:Son of a bitch phone.
Cory grabs a pen and tablet and begins writing.
CORY:Ethan Buurma?(pause)Alright.(pause)Drownd?Are you sure? (pause)You think.Okay.A couple units will be out in a few minutes.(pause)Okay.Bye.
Cory hangs up.
NICK:What was it?
INT. RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY IS LOOKING AT A TYPED SHEET OF PAPER,ON THE TOP LINE IS TYPED: JUNE 2ND,1961.
RILEY:Great White Shark....attacked boat...man injured...no casualties.Shark left.
Riley puts that sheet aside and looks at the next.On this one the top line reads: JUNE-JULY,1975.
RILEY:Great White Shark...attacked...killed Christine Watkins, Alex Kinter,David Dieter,Ben Gardner,and T.S. Quint.Stopped by Chief Martin Brody.
Riley sets this sheet aside and looks at the next.The top line reads: JUNE,1979.
RILEY:Great White Shark...killed....
INT. THE OTHER ROOM-NICK AND CORY ARE TALKING.
NICK:The Cheif with probably want to check this out himself.
INT. RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY IS STILL READING THE THIRD SHEET.
RILEY:God,seven people....Stopped by Cheif Martin Brody.
Riley sets this sheet aside and looks at the next.The top line reads: DECEMBER 21,1995.
RILEY:Suspected shark attack.One casualty.Officer Sean Brody. Holy shit,the ex-cheif's own son.
The office door opens and Cory stands in the doorway.
Riley looks up.
CORY:Chief,we've got a floater.
CORY:A drowning.Out on Shaarda Beach.
RILEY:Shaarda Beach?Whitley and Emmerich are out there.Did they call it in?
CORY:No,I can't reach them.You wanna head out there?
Riley stands up.
EXT. CORY'S JEEP-DAY-THE JEEP DRIVES DOWN AN AMITY ROAD.
INT. THE JEEP-CORY IS DRIVING,RILEY IS THE PASSENGER.
CORY:So'd you find anything interesting in the files?
RILEY:Actually,yes I did.In '75 and '79,both times Cheif Martin Brody killed the sharks.In '95 they suspected a shark attacked and killed an officer.Officer Sean Brody.The chief's son.Pretty sad,huh?Another interesting things was that every time a shark has attacked people around here it was a Great White.
EXT. THE JEEP-SOON-THE JEEP PULLS UP TO A BUILDING AT THE EDGE OF THE BEACH.A SIGN ON THE BUILDING READS: ETHAN'S ARCADE.
The Jeep stops,turns off.
Riley and Cory get out and walk toward the beach.
The Arcade owner,Ethan Buurma,23,walks up to them and they stop to talk to him.
Ethan shakes hands with Riley,then with Cory.
CORY:So,you could tell us what happened?
ETHAN:Yeah.I saw the whole thing.This old guy was swimming out about fifty,sixty feet when he started to come back.All of a sudden,he went under.He came back up and started screaming for help.He went back under and came back up a few more times,then he didn't come back up.
CORY:So he did drownd?
ETHAN:Yeah.Without a doubt.I saw it.I was like he was caught in an undertow or something.
RILEY:Did you see the police boat out there?
ETHAN:Yeah,I did.What was it doing out there?
RILEY:Oh,they were just patrolling the beaches.Making sure everything's alright today.Did you see where the boat went?
ETHAN:Yeah,it went that way.Toward the police marina.
Ethan points to his right.
INT. THE HOSPITAL STAFF PARKING GARAGE-THE ONE-FLOOR HOUSE- SIZED PARKING GARAGE IS FULL OF CARS OF DOCTORS AND NURSES. FLUORESCENT LIGHTS COVER THE CEILING.
The two coroner's assistants are standing infront of a car smoking cigarettes.
The outside entrance to the garage opens and Trish walks in.
Trish walks over to the assistants.
ASSISTANT 2:Glad you could make it.
TRISH:Anything for a story.So,how'd the girl die?
Trish pulls out her tape recorder and holds it out infront of the assistants.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-NICK IS SITTING AT HIS DESK READING HIS BOOK.
The wall clock reads: 6:32 PM.
The door opens and Nick puts his book down,looking toward the door.
Carl Whitley and Ben Emmerich come in.
NICK:Carl,Ben.What are you doing here?
Ben sits down at his desk and Carl walks to the fridge.
BEN:Nothin' was goin' on at our beach so we came back.Why?
NICK:Nothin' goin' on?We just got a call about two hours ago saying somebody drownd at Shaarda Beach.
CARL:That's where we were.
BEN:We just left an hour and a half ago.
CARL:I didn't see anybody drownd.
BEN:Neither did I.
NICK:Well,needless to say the Cheif is pissed at you two.
INT. THE HOSPITAL LOBBY-TRISH IS ON THE PAY PHONE AGAIN.
TRISH:Hey,Kathy?(pause)I got somethin' alright.(pause)You know that dead girl that Danes told me....(pause)That's the one. Under investigation.But I found out he lied to me.(pause) Uh-huh.I found out from the coroner's assistants themselves that the girl died from a shark attack.Danes was trying to cover it up.(pause)Yes,this is front page stuff.This is huge.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-NICK,CARL,AND BEN ARE SITTING AT THEIR DESKS.
The wall clock reads: 7:20 PM.
The door opens and Riley and Cory come in.
RILEY:Whitley,Emmerich.What the hell are you two doing here?
CARL:We came in.Nothing was happening.
RILEY:A man drownd at the beach you were supposed to be watching! He might've been killed by the shark instead of drowning. And it all happened while you two were there!
BEN:We're sorry.We were....
RILEY:You were sleeping,weren't you?
RILEY:I was talking to Carl.You were sleeping weren't you,Carl?
RILEY:You do nothing but sleep,Carl,and I'm tired of it.Because you were sleeping a man is dead.
RILEY:There's no sorry,Carl.You're suspended for three weeks.
RILEY:No.Leave.Now.And give me your badge and gun.
Carl stands up,pulling his gun out of its holster and his badge off his chest.
CARL:This is bullshit,Riley,fu...
RILEY:You want fired?
Carl throws his gun and badge on his desk and walks out of the police station.
Riley picks the gun and badge up and walks over to Ben's desk.
He holds his right hand out to Ben,Carl's stuff in his left hand.
Ben looks up at Riley,confused.
RILEY:You're suspended too,Ben.
Ben takes his badge and gun off and hands them to Riley.
He stands up.
Ben walks out of the police station.
Holding Ben and Carl's stuff,Riley walks into his office.
He closes his door behind him.
Nick and Cory look at eachother.
NICK:Carl will probably use his suspension to catch up on his sleep.
INT. RILEY'S OFFICE-SINCE THE SUN'S GOING DOWN IT'S VERY DARK IN THE OFFICE.RILEY HAS HIS DESKLAMP ON.
Riley is sitting at his desk looking through his shark attack papers.
INT. THE OTHER ROOM-CORY IS SITTING AT ONE SIDE OF HIS DESK AND NICK IS SITTING AT THE OTHER SIDE.BETWEEN THEM ON THE DESKTOP THEY'RE PLAYING POKER.THE PRIZE:UNSHARPENED PENCILS.
NICK:Did it seem like that old guy could have been killed by the shark?
CORY:I don't know.I guess it's a possibility.None of the witnesses saw any signs of a shark,though.But there was no body.
NICK:Riley's getting really tense about this whole thing.
CORY:It has been one hell of a day.
NICK:To say the least.
INT. NICK'S HOUSE-THE BEDROOM-BRANDY AND SETH ARE SLEEPING ON THE BED.
EXT. THE WATER-NIGHT-MOONLIGHT SHINES OFF THE SLIGHTLY WAVEY WATER.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-NICK IS READING HIS BOOK,CORY IS PLAYING SOLITAIRE.PILED ON NICK'S DESK ARE MORE UNSHARPENED PENCILS THAN A PERSON WOULD NEED IN A YEAR.HE OBVIOUSLY WON.
INT. RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY IS ASLEEP IN HIS CHAIR.
EXT. THE WATER-AN HOUR BEFORE DAWN-A CANOE WITH A MOTOR IS GOING OUT ON THE WATER WITH TWO PEOPLE IN IT.
We get closer to the canoe and see that the men on the boat have fishing gear and are dressed like fishermen usually look like in movies.They are Brent Ward,43,and Steve Newland,39.Brent is controlling the motor.
After a while Brent turns the motor off and the canoe drifts to a stop.
Steve drops a small anchor over the side.
INT. THE WATER-THE ANCHOR LANDS ON THE SEA FLOOR TEN FEET DOWN.
EXT. THE WATER-BRENT AND STEVE GRAB THEIR POLES AND CAST OUT THEIR LINES.
BRENT:Did you hear about the people that died yesterday?
BRENT:Well,the first one that died was a young girl from Ohio. The police aren't sure how she died,but she died while she was swimming.Then later in the day an old guy drownded at Shaarda Beach.
STEVE:Jeez.I hope we have better luck out here than those two.
We go around to the other side of the boat and see that the boat is only about fifteen feet from the shore.
INT. THE WATER-STEVE AND BRENT'S HOOKS DANGLE IN THE WATER, SQUIRMING WORMS IMPALED ON THEM.
EXT. THE WATER-BRENT OPENS A CAN OF BEER.STEVE YAWNS.
INT. THE WATER-THE SHARK'S P.O.V-WE START TO SWIM TOWARD THE BOAT,WHICH IS ABOUT THIRTY FEET AWAY.
EXT. THE WATER-BRENT TAKES A DRINK OF HIS BEER AND BELCHES.
Twenty feet away the shark's fin slides out of the water.
Brent and Steve don't notice it.
We watch the fin get closer and closer to the boat.
When it's about ten feet away it goes back under water.
Steve reels his line back in.
STEVE:I'm not gettin' a damn thing.
BRENT:I just felt something.A little tug.
Brent and Steve wait in silence for a few seconds.
Brent shakes his head.
Brent reels his line in.
About four inches below where the line went in the water the line has been snapped.
BRENT:Shit.My line broke.
BRENT:How should I know?
INT. THE WATER-THE SHARK'S P.O.V-WE GO UP STRAIGHT TOWARD THE BOTTOM OF THE CANOE.
EXT. THE WATER-DAWN-BRENT AND STEVE LOOK AROUND.
STEVE:I have a really bad feeling.
Suddenly,the boat's right side lifts up and the boat is turned over by the shark's head,which we see pushing the boat over.
Brent and Steve yell as they fall into the water.
INT. THE WATER-BRENT AND STEVE FALL IN.
EXT. THE WATER-BRENT AND STEVE BURST BACK UP TO THE SURFACE, GASPING FOR AIR.
STEVE:What the hell was that?
Suddenly the shark's head bursts back above the water,right beside Steve.
Steve screams as the shark bites down on his right side.
The shark pulls the screaming man underwater.
The bloody water churns and splashes as Steve thrashes as the shark chews on him.
BRENT:Oh my god!
Brent starts to swim toward the shore.
The water where Steve was pulled under continues to splash and wave.
Brent is ten feet from the shore.
The water stops splashing as Steve is killed underwater. The water is very bloody.
Brent stops and looks back.
The shark's fin comes out of the water a few yards beyond the overturned canoe.
Brent starts to swim toward the shore more frantically.
INT. THE WATER-WE WATCH THE THIRTY FOOR LONG GREAT WHITE SWIMMING AFTER BRENT.THEY'RE ABOUT THIRTY FEET APART.
EXT. THE WATER-BRENT IS FIVE FEET FROM THE SHORE.
The fin isn't very far behind anymore.
Brent reaches the shore,which is slanted and covered with wet rocks.
Brent tries to climb up onto the shore and slips into the stones,sliding back down into the water.
Brent attempts to climb back onto the shore.
He gets his top half onto the ground but his legs are still in the water.
The shark's head bursts up out of the water right under Brent's legs,throwing his legs up into the air like it lifted the canoe.
Brent screams as his bottom half is flipped up into the air.
He's upside down for a second,then his bottom half comes down where his top half once was.
The shark slides back into the water.
Brent is now laying on the stones on his back,his head pointed down toward the water and his legs up on the slant.He's not seriously injured,although the shark's head did scrape his legs.
BRENT:(panting)Oh god,oh god,oh god.