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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:
Typical Irwin Allen - So It's Not Great But It Is Campy Fun See more (102 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)
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:
Michael Caine stated in an interview that during filming he thought the little yellow spots left by the bees on his clothing was honey so he began to eat it, unaware he was eating bee poop.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:
Brad Crane:Are you endowing these bees with human motives? Like saving their fellow bees from captivity, or seeking revenge on Mankind?
General Thalius Slater:I always credit my enemy, no matter what he may be, with equal intelligence.
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Typical Irwin Allen - So It's Not Great But It Is Campy Fun, 18 May 2010
Author: sddavis63 (revsdd@gmail.com) from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

You have to admit that Irwin Allen was the master of disaster back in the 70's - in quantity if not in quality. "The Swarm" is a pretty typical Irwin Allen disaster movie - meaning that, while it's not exactly a classic, it's generally good fun. Most of the performances here are pretty good - to be expected since there's a galaxy of pretty big names in this, including the likes of Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray and Patty Duke. Yes, there's a couple of dud performances. Katharine Ross as Helena struck me as having as much passion as a fish, but overall the performances were OK. The effects were pretty good - particularly the depictions of those under attack by the bees, but for some reason a couple of totally unnecessary romantic subplots were put in.

The story was OK. A giant swarm of African killer bees attacks a military base and then descends on a nearby small town in Texas. The battle between the military and scientists over who would control the fight against the bees is quite realistic, and the movie does keep building to a real sense of hopelessness as the swarm descends upon Houston.

I enjoyed this. No, it's not a masterpiece. From other reviews I've seen, I had the misfortune to watch the almost two and a half hour directors' cut. Apparently the theatrical version is far more compact at a bit under two hours. The directors' cut does seem to include a lot of unnecessary material.

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