‘Jaws’ (Vaughn): “Where are you going to get the authority to close the beaches?”

JAWS by Peter Benchley

From: Movie

Type: Dramatic

Character: Larry Vaughn, the Mayor of Amity Island.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 40's | 50's | 60's

Summary: Vaughn tells Brody not to scare the town about news of a shark.

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VAUGHN: Where are you going to get the authority to close the beaches? I just want you aware of what you’re doing before you tinker with the life blood of all those sage and discriminating souls who elected you. Next week’s the goddam Fourth of July! We’ve got a couple thousand summer people coming over here who will gladly use the Cape Cod beaches if they can’t use ours. We’re not even sure it was a shark. It’s one chance in a million this’ll happen again. Had you yelled ‘shark,’ those Cub Scouts would have broken the freestyle record for the hundred-meter, then busted our backs with word of mouth. (points) Look at that… safe and sound.

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