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Empire of the Ants (1977)

A con artist tries to sell bogus real estate deals in an area overrun by giant ants.

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Marilyn Fryser
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Dan Stokely
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Joe Morrison
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Sheriff Art Kincade
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Margaret Ellis
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Coreen Bradford (as Pamela Shoop)
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Larry Graham
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Christine Graham
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Sam Russell
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Velma Thompson
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Harry Thompson
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Thomas Lawson
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Mary Lawson
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Sleazy scam artist Joan Collins tries to sell phony real estate deals down in the Florida everglades. What she and her unsuspecting buyers don't know is the area has been taken over by giant ants! Written by Humberto Amador

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H.G. Wells' Empire of the Ants  »

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Trivia

Director Bert I. Gordon created some of the special ant-effects by shooting magnified images of the Panamanian bullet ant. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie during the ant attack in the sugar refinery, Joan Collins' character is seen outside with the others fleeing, and then she's suddenly back in the refinery being attacked by one of the giant ants. See more »

Quotes

Coreen Bradford: Oh my God! They're herding us like cattle!
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Runs Too Long
21 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based very loosely on the short story "Empire of the Ants" by H. G. Wells, the film involves a group of prospective land buyers led by a land developer, pitted against giant, mutated ants.

This was one of Bert Gordon's final films, and from a technical standpoint it is among his best. The production value looks much higher than his earlier work, and the star power of the cast is evident. The ants, while still relying on a few cheap effects, are overall pretty effective -- though why must they be screeching the entire time? But really, what makes this only a "good" film rather than a "really good" film is the length. This is clearly a 60 or 70-minute film stretched out to 90 minutes, and that allows for the ultimate sin to creep in: boredom.


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