Even after 40 years, it’s still not safe to go back in the water.
Back in the summer of 1975, beaches suddenly became the most terrifying locations in the country after Steven Spielberg’s Jaws hit theaters. Sharks had never been so terrifying, and a movie had never been so buzzed about before. Filmmaking was changed forever, the movie raked in $260 million, and the cinematic blockbuster was born.
Now that it’s 2015, that means it’s the 40th anniversary of the classic film, so there’s no better time to see it on the big screen again. To celebrate this anniversary, everyone thought we needed a bigger screen, so Fathom Events and Universal Pictures are bringing Jaws back to theaters for two days only. If for some reason you haven’t enjoyed this classic in any capacity, here’s the official synopsis:
It’s a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn’t sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy’s mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they’re going to need a bigger boat.
Jaws will be playing in theaters at 2pm and 7pm on both Sunday, June 21st and Wednesday June 24th. A theaters list of participating locations isn’t available yet, but since tickets go on sale tomorrow (at this link right here), that’s likely when you’ll be able to find the closest theaters heading back into the ocean.
The film will also be preceded by a special introduction from Turner Classic Movies Weekend Daytime host Ben Mankiewicz about the legacy of this film, and how it has influenced movies being made today.
If you’ve yet to see Jaws, or have only seen it on a television screen, this is an experience worth shelling out some money to see in theaters, the way it was intended. Just make sure you go into this 1975 movie with an open mind, because even though the film isn’t particularly terrifying and the special effects aren’t perfect, this was a movie that sent shockwaves through cinema and pop culture. Go appreciate it next month!
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