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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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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

About 800,000 bees were "de-stung" (had their stingers removed) for the close-ups and medium shots filmed with human actors. See more »

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The morgue at the base only shows about a dozen bagged corpses, although over twice that number were visible earlier in the movie. See more »

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Dr. Andrews: Billions of dollars have been spent to make these nuclear plants safe. Fail-safe! The odds against anything going wrong are astronomical, Doctor!
Dr. Hubbard: I appreciate that, Doctor. But let me ask you. In all your fail-safe techniques, is there a provision for an attack by killer bees?
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I never thought it would be the bees. They've always been our friends.
25 January 2003 | by (tragic city) – See all my reviews

Michael Caine should have got his Oscar for uttering that line.

I was actually scared by this movie on TV when I was young because of the scene of the children being "swarmed" at recess. Yet a quarter of a century later, I had to get the DVD because this is one movie guaranteed to cheer me up. It's all been said in other comments - cheese, camp, so bad it's good. Ed Wood would be proud.

The scenes between Caine's scientist and Widmark's general are all classics. The icing on the cake is the two scenes with Slim Pickens. And the debate between Caine and Chamberlain over whether the bees should be called African or Brazilian. By the way, why does Richard Chamberlain look like he's on a break from a touring company of Victor/Victoria?

One plus of the DVD version is a half hour behind the scenes feature: "Inside the Swarm". You get to see several of the actors talk with utmost sincerity (and straight faces!) about the "real" dangers of killer bees.

The folks who wrote "Airplane!" couldn't even make a parody of this -- it's already hysterical.


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