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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

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

Goofs

When Fred McMurray (Clarence in the credits) is standing in front of his store, a promotional sign in the background spells his name Clarance. See more »

Quotes

Brad Crane: These bees, General, are of joint concern, and they are killing Americans, without reference as to whether or not they have a serial number and are expected to salute YOU! So there will be no air drops of any kind until I give the OK!
General Slater: Your OK, huh? Then just possible I can persuade you to attack this particular swarm, now that we know where it is! Attack and eliminate it!
Brad Crane: Possibly, if you can explain to me, how you air drop chemicals, without killing the native insect life! If your chemical ...
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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 Get Stung! With Alfredo Zacharias (2016) See more »

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To Bee Or Not To Bee...
28 November 2000 | by (Storuman, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Highly enjoyable (and very expensive) flop from Irwin Allen, the Master of Disaster. Michael Caine, with help from a bunch of other famous actors, fight against a huge swarm of African killer bees and almost destroy the entire city of Houston in the progress. Try to get hold of the longer version (about half an hour longer than the original), which contain more drama and longer action scenes. Considered a turkey among most critics, but this film is far better than many recent box-office hits. Note that the local cinema is showing "The Towering Inferno".


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