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The Swarm (1978) Poster

(1978)

Goofs

Continuity 

Helena says they saw dead bee-covered soldiers outside, but no dead soldiers were in evidence earlier when the recon team enter the missile base.
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During the ambulance crash, the scene changes briefly from nighttime to broad daylight.
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When the larger group of soldiers enter the compound near the beginning of the movie the door to the compound building opens to let them inside in one shot and opens again in the very next shot.
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As Helena and Crane stroll during the train evacuation, scene changes from early evening to broad daylight.
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The morgue at the base only shows about a dozen bagged corpses, although over twice that number were visible earlier in the movie.
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Distance between Paul and the bees during the gasoline scene varies wildly depending on the POV of Paul or the bees.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As the flamethrower team sets a car on fire, you can briefly glimpse a film crew rushing up with water to put it out.
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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.
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A train approaches Houston with mountains in the background.
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Factual errors 

When the passenger train is attacked by the swarm, Engineer Ned leans on the (mock-up) automatic brake handle which should have applied the emergency brakes, but instead the train accelerates.
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When the train crashes off the railway track, all the carriages explode in fireballs. Whether the locomotive was powered by electricity or diesel, the passenger carriages would have carried no fuel and would not have exploded.
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When Fred McMurray (Clarence in the credits) is standing in front of his store, a promotional sign in the background spells his name Clarance.
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Miscellaneous 

When Rita goes to the doctor for a prenatal visit, the chest X ray in the background is upside down.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Contrary to a claim made, the United States Air Force, at the time the film was made, did indeed operate helicopters. In particular, Bell was awarded a USAF contract in 1963 for the manufacture of UH-1F helicopters for missile site support duties. Depicted in the film is the 1970 UH-1N, which in practice was used for special operations.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the background, a paralyzed scientist in a wheelchair kicks a door open.
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When the stuntman crashes through the window of the base in Houston to fall to his 30-story death, hanging plants can be seen on the outside, revealing he is simply crashing from one room to another.
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