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1978 (USA) See more »
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Irwin Allen ... Himself

Michael Caine ... Himself

Richard Chamberlain ... Himself

Olivia de Havilland ... Herself

Bradford Dillman ... Himself

Patty Duke ... Herself (as Patty Duke Astin)

Marneen Fields ... Herself

Henry Fonda ... Himself

Loren Janes ... Himself

Ben Johnson ... Himself

Mike Johnson ... Himself

Fred J. Koenekamp ... Himself
Tim McIntire ... Narrator

Katharine Ross ... Herself
Paul Stader ... Himself

Richard Widmark ... Himself

Directed by
Andrew J. Kuehn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bill Cox 
D.W. Gilbert 

Produced by
Bill Cox .... producer
D.W. Gilbert .... producer
Cinematography by
José Louis Mignone  (as Jose Luis Mignone)
Film Editing by
Bill Cox 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Primes .... additional photographer
Paul Ryan .... additional photographer
Other crew
Benedict Coulter .... production assistant

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22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

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This behind-the-scenes documentary is featured on the DVD for The Swarm (1978), released in 2002.See more »
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References The Towering Inferno (1974)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
See Irwin Allen direct, 2 June 2006
Author: StuOz

Irwin Allen was a film maker who thought his place was behind the camera, not in front of it, this explains why we never see a lot of him being interviewed or doing a "making of" show like this.

Inside The Swarm is a vital DVD for any true fan of Irwin Allen. We see how straight faced and determined Allen was in getting every detail of a scene just right. No time for pointless small talk on an Irwin set.

I am told this is also how Irwin was in the 1960s when Irwin directed the pilots to TV's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost In Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants.

Most interesting is watching the train wreck scene. In The Swarm, the train is shaking and moving on the set, however, in the 1960s when Irwin wanted a lurching submarine or lurching spaceship, he would simply shake the camera on a still set. This is also how Allen did Beyond The Poseidon Adventure (1979) as well. But in The Swarm things really do shake for once.

Despite reports that Irwin had no sense of humour, we do see the guy smile, but just once.

The only thing I dislike about this show is Michael Caine being interviewed. Caine has gone on record on a recent BBC TV show as saying that The Swarm is the worst film he has ever done.

However, in this 1978 interview, Caine seems so full of praise for Irwin and The he talking BS? I think so.

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