written by Carl Gottlieb, from the novel by Peter Benchley

(Somebody scratches his fingernails across a chalkboard in the back of the town meeting room. Everyone is startled, annoyed and then looks around, to see Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) standing there, beside a chalk-drawing of a huge shark swallowing a man whole -- a bit of foreshadowing there)
Quint: You all know me. You know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for ya, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish! Not like goin' down to the pond chasing bluegills or tommycats. This shark will swallow you whole. Shakin'. Tenderizin'. Down you go. Now we got to do it quick. That'll bring back the tourists and it'll put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, Chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him and kill him for ten. You've got to make up your minds. Gonna stay alive and ante up? Or want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers. I don't want no mates. There's too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that, you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.

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