The Silence of the Lambs, the West Side Story and other classics return to the big screen

Film lovers can enjoy a year-long journey through nine decades of cinema history through a dozen of the biggest titles in the film industry, while Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies present the seventh annual TCM Big Screen Classics series. With acclaimed films released from 1941 to 1996 that include iconic dramas, iconic musicals, popular comedies, a thrilling adventure, stylish film noir, rousing epic, sizzling mystery, and suspenseful horror, the TCM Big Screen Classics has Range to offer something for everyone in 2021.

Each film is presented with flawless digital projection, cinema-quality sound, and in its original aspect ratio as intended by the filmmakers. The TCM Big Screen Classics series is enhanced with fascinating pre- and post-feature insights presented by popular TCM hosts, including TCM primetime host Ben Mankiewicz.

The films in the TCM Big Screen Classics 2021 series include:

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• La Bamba

• 30th anniversary of fried green tomatoes

• 25 years of Birdcage

• 70th anniversary of the African queen

• 50th anniversary of Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory

• 80th anniversary of Citizen Kane

• • silence of the Lambs 30th anniversary

• • West Side Story 60th anniversary

• For the 40th anniversary of the Golden Pond

Since its launch in 2015, the TCM Big Screen Classics series has proven to be an annual fan favorite. Many events in the series received rave reviews and top performers at the box office.

“This year has shown us that watching movies on the big screen is not something that can be taken for granted, and there is something for every film lover with the 2021 film offerings,” said Genevieve McGillicuddy, vice president of business and strategic partnerships at TCM. “We are more proud than ever to continue this partnership with Fathom Events to bring the TCM Big Screen Classics series to audiences across the country.”

  • La Bamba (1987)
  • DATE: Sun., April 18th, Wed., April 21st & Thu. April 22nd
  • OCCUPATION: Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Joe Pantoliano and Lou Diamond Phillips.

The life of Mexican-American rock and roll legend Richie Valens breaks through the silver screen in this acclaimed, music-rich film with star performances by Phillips as Richie and Morales as his half-brother Bob. La Bamba, written and directed by Luis Valdez, depicts the 17-year-old’s rise to fame as he battled family troubles and bigotry to become a recording star with a string of hit singles and a date with fate. Driven by Valens’ hits from Grammy Award winner Los Lobos and classic 1950s songs, La Bamba restores rock to the exciting beginnings of rock and pays homage to the enduring legacy of a remarkable talent whose music transcends all boundaries.

  • Fried green tomatoes (1991) 30th anniversary
  • DATE: Sun., May 9th & Wed., May 12th
  • OCCUPATION: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker and Cicely Tyson.
  • WRITTEN BY: Fannie Flagg (novel) and Carol Sobieski (screenplay)
  • DIRECTED BY: Jon Avnet
  • This inspiring drama was adapted from Fannie Flagg’s bestseller “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”. When an unhappy housewife befriends a woman in a nursing home, she hears a remarkable story of laughter, devotion, and a special friendship that defies all obstacles in this heartwarming film from acclaimed director Jon Avnet.
    • 25 years of the birdcage (1996)
  • DATE: June
  • OCCUPATION: Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane and Dianne Wiest.
  • {bold | SCREEN BY: Elaine May
  • DIRECTED BY: Mike Nichols

An extremely entertaining remake of the 1978 film La Cage aux Folles, The Birdcage tells the story of a drag club owner and his partner as they grapple with their son’s commitment to the daughter of a conservative politician.

  • 70th anniversary of the African queen (1951)
  • DATE: July
  • OCCUPATION: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Robert Morley.
  • WRITTEN BY: John Huston, James Agee, Peter Viertel, and John Collier
  • DIRECTED BY: John Huston

During the First World War, the lazy, drunk captain of a steamer named The African Queen took the main sister of a British missionary to Africa after invading Germans killed her brother. While she cannot tolerate the captain’s drinking and manners, and he cannot stand her judgmental demeanor, their inappropriate relationship inevitably turns into one of affection as they cross treacherous waters. The African Queen is arguably one of the best films ever made. He also features one of the most legendary star pairings, with Humphrey Bogart in the role that earned him his only Oscar, and Katharine Hepburn in this timeless tale of opposites that attract.

  • 50th Anniversary of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • DATE: August
  • OCCUPATION: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson, Dodo Denney and Paris Themmen.
  • WRITTEN BY: Roald Dahl
  • DIRECTED BY: Mel Stuart

This cherished musical is a true OSHA “What Not to Do” lesson. Based on Roald Dahl’s precious book, on a whirlwind tour of Willy Wonka’s world of “pure imagination,” an incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, oompa-loompas, and industrial-size confectionery, a boy named Charlie discovers the cutest secret of all.

  • Citizen Kane (1941) 80th anniversary
  • DATE: September
  • OCCUPATION: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford and William Alland.
  • WRITTEN BY: Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles
  • DIRECTED BY: Orson Welles

Orson Welles’ first feature film, the innovative and unprecedented Citizen Kane, is considered by many critics, filmmakers, and fans as the greatest film ever made. Examining the last words of a publishing tycoon reveals conflicting stories about his scandalous life. “Rosebud …”

  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 30 years
  • DATE: October
  • OCCUPATION: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn and Ted Levine.
  • WRITTEN BY: Ted Tally
  • DIRECTED BY: Jonathan Demme

Well, well, well … In The Silence of the Lambs, a young FBI agent, Clarice Starling, asks Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, for help catching a serial killer named “Buffalo Bill”.

The Silence of the Lambs was released to great critical acclaim and was only the third film to win the Academy Awards® in the Big Five categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay .

  • West Side Story (1961) 60th Anniversary
  • DATE: November
  • OCCUPATION: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn.
  • WRITTEN BY: Ernest Lehman
  • DIRECTED BY: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins

With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this exciting, ten-time Oscar-winning musical sets the timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in 1950 in motion. Two teenage street gangs, the working class white jets and the Puerto Rican sharks, compete against each other in the slums of New York City.

  • On the 40th anniversary of the Golden Pond (1981)
  • DATE: December
  • OCCUPATION: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman, and William Lanteau.
  • WRITTEN BY: Ernest Thompson
  • DIRECTED BY: Mark Rydell

One of the most respected and cherished films of the 1980s, On Golden Pond, tells the story of a prickly retired professor who visits his summer home in Maine with his loving wife, daughter, fiancé, and son. The cheeky professor develops an unlikely bond with his grandson and sets the scene for an emotional summer. On Golden Pond is also one of the few films to win the Big Five Academy Awards® nominations for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay.

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