40 years after it premiered, Jaws still resonates. And terrifies.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 May, 2015 - Hollywood, California - This year marks the 40th anniversary of Jaws, an American naturalist masterpiece that has captivated imaginations, and terrified beachgoers since it premiered in 1975.
Theaters around the globe are dusting the classic off for a quick round of big screen showings, on June 21 and 24. The movie will feature an intro by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz, discussing the film's legacy.
Jaws, directed by a young Steven Spielberg (the film would be his second feature), was written by Carl Gottlieb and Peter Benchley, adapted from Benchley's novel of the same name, which recounts a tragic summer on Amity Island, where beachgoers were terrorized by a string of fatal encounters with a prehistoric-size Great White shark.
The book and film were rumored to be inspired by the events of the USS Indianapolis' 1945 sinking, and the subsequent deaths of more than 500 men by, mostly, shark attacks—an incident which captured imaginiations and horrified an entire generation.
Produced for less than $10 million, Jaws would introduce the world to Spielberg's signature dramatic close-ups, and a spectacularly memorable orchestral schore (dun-nuh. dun-nuh. du-nuhdun-nuhdun-nuh......). It would also go on to gross more than $460 million at the box office, and to this day is one of the highest grossing films of all time (and one of the American Film Institutes Top 100 Greatest American Films of All Time).
Check your local theaters for showtimes. And get out of the water!