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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)
Contact:
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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:
Reach for the Windex! See more (109 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. Tomas Martinez

Don 'Red' Barry ... Pete Harris
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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Language:
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:
Penultimate theatrical feature film of actress Olivia de Havilland, The Fifth Musketeer (1979) was her last. The movie was also the penultimate cinema movie as a director for Irwin Allen, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) being his last as a director.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Crane and Helena are standing on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, they are standing in front of a cliff. There are no cliffs on the Upper Texas coast.See more »
Quotes:
[about the killer bees]
Brad Crane:We have been invaded, by an enemy far more lethal than any human force.
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Movie Connections:
References The Towering Inferno (1974)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Extended Version?
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9 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Reach for the Windex!, 13 December 2003

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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