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The Swarm (1978)

PG | | Horror | 14 July 1978 (USA)
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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Captain Helena Anderson
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General 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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Mayor Clarence
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Dr. Walter 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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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

Henry Fonda (Dr. Krim) was, in real-life, an avid beekeeper (apiarist). See more »

Goofs

Distance between Paul and the bees during the gasoline scene varies wildly depending on the POV of Paul or the bees. See more »

Quotes

Brad Crane: Are you endowing these bees with human motives? Like saving their fellow bees from captivity, or seeking revenge on Mankind?
General Thalius Slater: I always credit my enemy, no matter what he may be, with equal intelligence.
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in closing credits: The African killer bee portrayed in this film bears absolutely no relationship to the industrious hard-working American honey bee to which we are indebted for pollinating vital crops that feed our nation. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hot Honey (1978) See more »

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Good Actors Do Not A Good Movie Make
12 February 2003 | by (Laytonsville, MD, USA) – See all my reviews

I just ran across The Swarm on cable TV and sat watching in horror, not because of the killer bees but because of the incredibly wooden acting by an all-star cast! This flick shows that a bad plot, bad script, and bad directing can produce bad performances from Oscar winners like Henry Fonda and Michael Caine. Like the Jaws sequel he so often mentions, I hope Caine bought himself something nice with the proceeds of this clunker. Katherine Ross holds a special place in my heart because I met her on the set of The Hellfighters in 1968 (a movie that really WAS made in Houston) but it was painful to watch her plod through this one.

As for the special effects, The Swarm was made in the era of Star Wars with none of George Lucas' magic. The train scenes are particularly pathetic. My own HO model railroad was more realistic! Irwin Allen should have been ashamed of himself.


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