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The Swarm (1978)

PG  |   |  Horror  |  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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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

When the picture was theatrically released, it ran about 116 minutes. In the 1980s, when the film was released on laserdisc, a long cut of 156 minutes was released. This version is the one now available on DVD. See more »

Goofs

Contrary to a claim made, the United States Air Force, at the time the film was made, did indeed operate helicopters. In particular, Bell was awarded a USAF contract in 1963 for the manufacture of UH-1F helicopters for missile site support duties. Depicted in the film is the 1970 UH-1N, which in practice was used for special operations. See more »

Quotes

[Watching Crane pray after Helena suffers toxic shock from a bee sting]
Major Baker: Can we really count on a scientist who prays?
General Slater: I wouldn't count on one who doesn't.
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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 »

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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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