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"Jaws" Returns to the Big Screen for its 40th Anniversary

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 12:27 PM and updated on Monday, June 1, 2015 6:06 PM

Steven Spielberg's hit action-thriller Jaws opened in theaters on June 20th, 1975 and moviegoing was never quite the same afterwards. Largely regarded as the first movie blockbuster, the young director made a huge impact in Hollywood, and made people consider whether they were ever going to go in the water again.

© 1975 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
© 1975 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

To celebrate the movie's anniversary, select theaters are bringing it back to the big screen!

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment are presenting showings of TCM Presents Jaws 40th Anniversary on June 21 and June 24, 2015 that have a special introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.

"'Jaws' is a classic thriller enjoyed by generations and it is ready for a comeback," said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens. "Movie buffs will love seeing their favorite killer shark larger than life on the big screen. No risk of shark bite!"

To see where and when it's playing near you, check out the Showtimes page for the event. Other theaters may be playing the movie on other dates and without the 40th anniversary extras, so take a look at the Showtimes page for Jaws as well.

Blu-ray Cover ArtworkIf none of that works out for you, don't despair! The movie is available on Blu-ray and DVD:

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 and 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.

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