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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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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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$21,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,000,000 (USA)
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Irwin Allen was so disheartened by the amount of money he lost on this film that he forbade any of his employees to ever mention it again. He even cut short an interview when a question was asked about it. See more »

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[Crane has found something at the ravaged picnic site]
Brad Crane: [holding it up] Plastic. It's a piece of a plastic cup. There are pieces all around here.
[he starts pointing out the other fragments]
Brad Crane: Look. Look, there. There. There.
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Brad Crane: I'm afraid to speculate. But, I think, the bees, did this.
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Brad Crane: No, no. But I'm wondering. Your American Honeybee has a weak mouth, that couldn't even break the skin, of a grape. But it looks like this species, ...
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Reach for the Windex!
13 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whenever I bother to watch "The Swarm," I'm always tempted to get out the Windex and spray the TV screen until I remember those dark smudges are supposed to be killer bees, the star attraction of what proved to be disaster flick king Irwin Allen's last box-office hit (and a modest one at that). That's the number one problem with this movie. How can killer bees incite terror in the viewer when they only amount to a bunch of dots on the screen?

Since the "horror" has no sting, the only thing left to do is gawk at the movie stars. Give Allen credit. Even if he wasn't much of a director (this film marked his debut in that capacity), and was strictly a schlockmeister as a producer, he did what many others, including the producers of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," had tried and failed to do when he brought megastars Steve McQueen and Paul Newman together to headline "The Towering Inferno." The lineup for "The Swarm" doesn't have quite the same star power, but we do get Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, and Richard Widmark, as well as cameos by Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray, along with the TV names that always round out these "all-star casts." If star watching doesn't keep you occupied, Allen's dreadful direction may keep you glued to your chair in bewilderment by his idea of style. My favorite scene is the first confrontation between bee expert Caine and short-tempered military man Widmark. While the two stars argue back and forth, the camera slowly circles the pair as if something very dramatic is taking place. It must be the worst staging of a scene since Ed Wood was grinding out another kind of B movie. But Wood's movies were more entertaining than "The Swarm," and although there are more unintended laughs to come, there not enough to combat the boredom.


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