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The Swarm -- Irwin Allen's doomsday epic pits an all-star cast against a North American invasion of killer bees!

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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Herzog III (novel)
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 July 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's more than a speculation - it's a prediction ! See more »
Plot:
A huge swarm of deadly African bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Once To The Well Too Much, Irwin See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Brad Crane

Katharine Ross ... Helena

Richard Widmark ... Gen. Slater

Richard Chamberlain ... Dr. Hubbard

Olivia de Havilland ... Maureen Schuester

Ben Johnson ... Felix

Lee Grant ... Anne MacGregor

José Ferrer ... Dr. Andrews (as Jose Ferrer)

Patty Duke ... Rita (as Patty Duke Astin)

Slim Pickens ... Jud Hawkins

Bradford Dillman ... Major Baker

Fred MacMurray ... Clarence

Henry Fonda ... Dr. Krim

Cameron Mitchell ... General Thompson
Christian Juttner ... Paul Durant

Morgan Paull ... Dr. Newman
Alejandro Rey ... Dr. Martinez

Don 'Red' Barry ... Pete Harris (as Don 'Red' Barry)
Elizabeth Rogers ... Woman Scientist (extended version only)
Doria Cook-Nelson ... Mrs. Durant (as Doria Cook)
Robert Varney ... Mr. Durant

Ernie F. Orsatti ... Duty Officer (as Ernie Orsatti)
Patrick Culliton ... Sheriff Morrison
John Furlong ... Cameraman
Chris Petersen ... Hal
Jerry Toomey ... Eddie
Barbara Costello ... Receptionist / Nurse (extended version only)
Jenifer Taurins ... Nurse (extended version only)
David Himes ... Radioman (extended version only)
Mara Cook ... Secretary
Joey Eisnach ... Bee Boy

Stephen Powers ... Radarman

Chris Capen ... Lieutenant
Tony Haig ... Officer #2
Bill Snider ... Radarman #2
George F. Simmons ... Nurse (as George Simmons)
Arell Blanton ... Sergeant
Trent Dolan ... Radio Sergeant
John Williams ... Launching Officer

Steven Marlo ... Pilot #1 (as Steve Marlo)
Phil Montgomery ... Mechanic
Jim Galante ... Doctor (extended version only)
Frank Blair ... Himself
Marcia Nicholson ... Captain
Arthur Space ... Engineer
Chuck Hayward ... Standby Engineer
Glenn Charles Lewis ... Chemical Warfare Guard
Art Balinger ... Radio Announcer

Michael Sheehan ... Airman #1
Howard Culver ... Airman #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marneen Fields ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Larry Moran ... Colonel's Son (uncredited)

John Otrin ... Wild Lines (uncredited)

Directed by
Irwin Allen 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Herzog III (novel) (as Arthur Herzog)

Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)

Produced by
Irwin Allen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
 
Casting by
Jack Baur 
 
Production Design by
Stan Jolley 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss  (as Stuart Reiss)
 
Costume Design by
Paul Zastupnevich (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ruby Ford .... hair stylist
Tony Lloyd .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Norman A. Cook .... production manager
George E. Swink .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Adelman .... second assistant director: trainee
Mike Salamunovich .... assistant director
Skip Surguine .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ralph Aubert .... property master
Tom Cranham .... production illustrator
Harold Fuhrman .... set designer
Alfred M. Kemper .... set designer
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator
William O'Brien .... assistant art director
Irwin 'Eppy' Epstein .... drapery (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Herman Lewis .... production mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-recording mixer
Allan R. Potter .... sound editor
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Jerry Jacobson .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Jensen .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
George D. Dodge .... visual effects (uncredited)
Harold E. Wellman .... process photography (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator
Brian J. Williams .... stunt performer
Greg Anderson .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Caruso .... stunts (uncredited)
Marneen Fields .... stunts (uncredited)
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Mags Kavanaugh .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunt performer (uncredited)
John Nowak .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Benson .... camera operator
Hal Landaker .... video supervisor
John Monte .... still photographer
Edward Morey III .... assistant cameraman (as Ed Morey III)
Bill Ryan .... electronics foreman
Gene Stout .... gaffer
Bob Apger .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Barth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Murray .... key grip (uncredited)
Victor Nikaido .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gordon Paschal .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Serge Poupis .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Lance Williams .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Young .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutting
Tim Board .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Les Fresholtz .... re-scoring mixer (uncredited)
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nancy Claycomb .... production secretary
Al Gail .... production executive
Ron Gruchy .... air force coordinator (as Major Ron Gruchy)
Tony Habeeb .... publicist
Ken Harris .... technical advisor: bee
Fred Hesper .... technical advisor: bee
George Leslie .... cost controller
Steven Marlo .... dialogue coach
Sidney Marshall .... production executive
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Sheridan Dar Reid .... location manager (as Sheridan Reid)
Bill Ryan .... electronic foreman
Art Volpert .... executive assistant to producer
 

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Runtime:
116 min | USA:155 min (extended version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Netherlands:12 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 (1978) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (1998) (2002) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
José Ferrer appeared in this film as the director of a nuclear power plant as a favor to producer/director Irwin Allen. Ferrer did his scenes all in one morning by just walking across the Warner Bros. lot from the soundstage where he was filming The Amazing Captain Nemo (1978) (TV), a CBS mini-series that he was also making for Allen.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: A train approaches Houston with mountains in the background.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, is tearing up, plastic cups, possibly to line their hives. Now, if this is true, they didn't, just get here. I mean, the invasion, didn't, just now begin. They have been here some time. Breeding. Increasing.
General Slater:So?
Brad Crane:Well, suppose these bees, are using plastic, to insulate their hives.
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Once To The Well Too Much, Irwin, 16 August 1999
Author: Eric-62-2 from Morristown, NJ

Irwin Allen's first two disaster movies, "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno" worked as above average productions because there always seemed to be one foot in the ground of pseudo-reality that made you feel compelled by what you saw. But more importantly, Allen had competent directors like Ronald Neame and John Guillermin handling the actors and the end-result usually produced good performances, considering the material (especially Steve McQueen in "Inferno.") Unfortunately, with "The Swarm" Allen went to the well once too much and served up a more outlandish kind of disaster story, and to complicate matters further he took over the director's chores himself and boy does it show. There is literally no coherent story structure at all in this film, and the all-star cast is uniformly bad from top to bottom. What was Allen thinking with that pointless love-triangle plot involving the over-the-hill gang of Fred MacMurray, Ben Johnson and Olivia de Havilland? Did he really expect people to take seriously lines like "The bees have always been our friends!" or "Attention, a swarm of killer bees is coming this way!" This is the kind of movie that might have worked as a short, low-budget B/W flick in the 50s (okay, a "B" movie, no pun intended) but as a follow-up to solid efforts like "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno" this film is only good from a silly camp standpoint.

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