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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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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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Monsters by the millions - and they're all for real! See more »


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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

Managing the bees was a huge challenge on this film. The production went through several bee keepers before finding one who solved the problem by hiring people to clip the stingers off of the bees. This was accomplished in a refrigerated trailer, as bees are incapacitated by freezing temperatures. This operation, which went on all summer, made the bees safer for use around the cast and crew, although a few stingers were missed. But, as it turned out, some lingering venom got into the air on the sound stages and produced some allergic reactions. In addition, everyone had little yellow dots on their clothing - bee poop, probably. See more »

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As Helena and Crane stroll during the train evacuation, scene changes from early evening to broad daylight. See more »

Quotes

[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.
General Slater: What's so significant about that?
Brad Crane: I'm afraid to speculate. But, I think, the bees, did this.
Major Baker: Are you saying these bees eat plastic?
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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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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