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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 »
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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:
"Will history blame me or the bees?" See more (100 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)

Lawrence J. Moran ... Colonel's Son (uncredited)

John Otrin ... Wild Lines (uncredited)
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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)
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:
About 800,000 bees were "de-stung" (had their stingers removed) for the close-ups and medium shots filmed with human actors.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The morgue at the base only shows about a dozen bagged corpses, although over twice that number were visible earlier in the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Mayor Clarence Tuttle:I know people look at me and think that I'm just the man behind the aspirin counter, but inside I love you.
Maureen Schuster:How lucky I am!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hot Honey (1978)See more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"Will history blame me or the bees?", 2 October 2006
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

There's delusion on an epic scale on display in Irwin Allen's infamous The Swarm. It's not the worst of his oeuvre by a long way – Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and When Time Ran Out are both much, much worse – but it's become the poster child for all the absurdities of the disaster genre at it's hokeyest. But then capsized ships with atom bombs aboard or volcanoes threatening hotel complexes can't compare to killer bees destroying nuclear power plants and causing train wrecks on the Richter Scale of movie absurdity. And it's a curiously second- and third-hand construction too - structurally Stirling Silliphant's script is surprisingly similar to his script for In the Heat of the Night. Okay, there weren't any bees in that one, but from the beginning where big city cop Sidney Poitier is discovered at a murder scene and immediately treated as a suspect by hard-assed racist cop Rod Steiger until he gradually learns to respect his expertise, it's being used as a template, with sunflower seed munching entomologist Michael Caine discovered in a missile silo full of dead bodies by hard-assed xenophobic general Richard Widmark, who immediately suspects him of their deaths until he gradually learns to respect his expertise (how can you not love a film where Bradford Dillman asks "Can we count on a scientist who prays?" only for Widmark to respond "I wouldn't count on one that didn't"?).

But this isn't a film about trust or even narrative, it's about miscast and affordable stars getting stung to death in slow-motion by what look like bits of oatmeal painted black and fired at them by air-cannons. It's a film about hallucinating patients being menaced by imaginary giant bees. It's a film about military complexes with lots of flashing lights. It's a film about bad acting in the face of insurmountably inane dialogue ("Are you endowing these bees with human motives? Like saving their fellow bees from captivity, or seeking revenge on Mankind?" "I always credit my enemy, no matter what he may be, with equal intelligence." and "Billions of dollars have been spent to make these nuclear plants safe. Fail-safe! The odds against anything going wrong are astronomical, Doctor!" "I appreciate that, Doctor. But let me ask you. In all your fail-safe techniques, is there a provision for an attack by killer bees?" are just the tip of the iceberg). It's about bad fashion sense - this being the 70s, the decade that taste forgot, amid a preponderance of trouser flairs there are a lot of earth tones and oranges amid the costumes, so it's entirely possible that the bees simply mistook the actors for flowers waiting to be pollinated. And it's all done with a gloriously straight face and even, on a few rare occasions, some technical competence - Irwin Allen may have loved schmaltz, but he had a great visual sense when dealing with military hardware and there are some genuinely impressive shots in the picture when he gets to play with the toys. Unfortunately his handling of the actors is much more mechanical, with the old guard (Widmark, Olivia DeHavilland, Henry Fonda, Ben Johnson) faring better than poor old Caine and Katherine Ross. And, like many bad films, it's topped off by a superb score, one of Jerry Goldsmith's very best from his golden period. Much more fun than it's good to admit, the proposed remake has a lot to live up to.

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