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The Swarm (1978)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  14 July 1978 (USA)
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A huge swarm of deadly African bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Brad Crane
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Helena
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Gen. Slater
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Dr. Hubbard
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Maureen Schuester
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Felix
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Anne MacGregor
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Dr. Andrews (as Jose Ferrer)
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Rita (as Patty Duke Astin)
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Jud Hawkins
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Major Baker
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Clarence
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Dr. Krim
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General Thompson
Christian Juttner ...
Paul Durant
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Storyline

Killer bees from South America have been breeding with the gentler bees of more northern climes, slowly extending their territory northward decade after decade. Entomologist Brad Crane has discovered that something is making them come together in huge, killer swarms. He wants to keep the General Slater from using military tactics from further upsetting the balance of nature as they join to try to stop the swarms from approaching Houston. Written by Ørnås

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Monsters by the millions - and they're all for real! See more »


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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der tödliche Schwarm  »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,000,000 (USA)
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(35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's music score used French horns in order to evoke the sound of bees humming. See more »

Goofs

Helena says they saw dead bee-covered soldiers outside, but no dead soldiers were in evidence earlier when the recon team enter the missile base. See more »

Quotes

[about the killer bees]
Brad Crane: We have been invaded, by an enemy far more lethal than any human force.
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Referenced in Bees (1998) See more »

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Exciting, but not a masterpiece
29 November 1999 | by (Trøndleag, Norway) – See all my reviews

I remember I saw this movie on video back in the early 80's when I was about 12 years old. At that time I meant it was exciting as hell, but when I saw it 12-14 years later it was definitive not so nerve-thrilling. Actors and plot is good, but the movie last to long before anything happens. The effects are OK and the locations are good, but I don't know if I will recommend the movie to all on that basis. ****** (6 out of 10)


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