We’re going to need a bigger boat -- and apparently a bigger screen. Fans of Steven Spielberg’s hit shark-attack picture “Jaws,” based on Peter Benchley’s best-seller, will be able to sink their teeth into the classic thriller once again as they watch the blood-soaked scenes play out in theaters in celebration of the movie’s 40th anniversary.
Fans will be able to catch the chilling flick at nearly 500 theaters around the country on Sunday, June 21, and Wednesday, June 24, in screenings hosted by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures. Those attending the celebratory showings will receive an introduction from TCM’s very own Ben Mankiewicz.
“‘Jaws’ is a classic thriller enjoyed by generations and it is ready for a comeback,” Fathom Events vp of programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens said in a statement. “Movie buffs will love seeing their favorite killer shark larger than life on the big screen. No risk of shark bite!”
Although moviegoers won’t have to worry about ending up like “that little Kintner boy” they should prepare to be scared as the iconic score, created by John Williams, alerts the crowd that the Great White killer is lurking below the ocean’s surface, ready to attack.
The film, originally released in June 1975, starred Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. According to reports, the summer flick took $9 million to make and earned more than $460 million, setting the record at the time for the highest-grossing film ever.
Tickets for the 40-year celebratory screening of “Jaws” can be purchased at FathomEvents.com or at participating theaters.
Will you be diving head-first into theaters to catch the anniversary screening of “Jaws”? Sound off in the comments section below with what scene from the Hollywood classic thriller you’re most excited to see.