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'Jaws' heading back to theaters for 40th anniversary

By
Karen Butler
Steven Spielberg arrives on the red carpet at the New York Premiere of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on June 25, 2014. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Steven Spielberg arrives on the red carpet at the New York Premiere of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on June 25, 2014. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 29 (UPI) -- The classic summer shark-attack flick Jaws is heading back into theaters next month in time for the 40th anniversary of its initial release.

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment are organizing the special screenings of the blockbuster movie at select U.S. theaters June 21 and June 24.

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The film will feature a specially produced introduction from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.

"It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches," a synopsis said. "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."

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Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss.

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