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The Deadly Bees (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 11 August 1967 (USA)
Trouble strikes when an exhausted pop singer, sent on a vacation to a farm, realizes that the farm's owner grows deadly bees.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writers:

Robert Bloch (screenplay), Anthony Marriott (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanna Leigh ... Vicki Robbins
Frank Finlay ... H.W. Manfred
Guy Doleman ... Ralph Hargrove
Catherine Finn ... Mary Hargrove
John Harvey John Harvey ... Thompson
Michael Ripper ... David Hawkins
Anthony Bailey Anthony Bailey ... Compere
Tim Barrett Tim Barrett ... Harcourt
James Cossins ... Coroner
Frank Forsyth ... Doctor
Katy Wild ... Doris Hawkins
Greta Farrer Greta Farrer ... Sister
Gina Gianelli Gina Gianelli ... Secretary
Michael Gwynn ... Dr. George Lang
Maurice Good ... Agent
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Pop singer Vicki Robbins collapses from exhaustion while shooting the 1960s equivalent of a music video, and her physician prescribes a respite on Seagull Island with colleague and beekeeper Ralph Hargrove. Vicki finds the Hargroves' bitter marital strife oddly relaxing. But when a mysterious swarm of specially-bred attack bees starts killing island residents, Vicki fights for her survival, setting fire to nearly half the structures on the island in her escape. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Hives of horror! - Excited by the smell of fear, they inflict their fatal stings!


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Trivia

The 1967 review of this film in the now-defunct "Monthly Film Bulletin" magazine claimed that the film had originally run 123 minutes and been shortened against the wishes of its makers by forty minutes. This was entirely incorrect, as a later edition of the magazine conceded, but the misinformation has found its way into reference works. See more »

Goofs

When Doris is chased through the woods by the bees, it is a grey overcast day, yet the close up shots of the hovering swarm feature a bright blue sky without a cloud in sight See more »

Quotes

H.W. Manfred: [Referring to a liquid he has] I've made this especially for you, Vicki.
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Alternate Versions

For its 1998 appearance on the series Mystery Science Theater 3000 several scenes were cut from the film. Among them a scene of Mr. Manfred at the pub, more plot involving David Hawkins, additional scenes about the investigation of Mary Hargrove's death, and more conversations between Vicki and Mr. Manfred. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Bees (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Not What I Need You For
Sung by The Birds
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Not for the blood thirsty
27 March 2017 | by TexasBeauSee all my reviews

This is an intellectual version of a killer bee movie. Instead of focusing on bee sting makeup and civilization-ending massive explosions, this film focuses on plot and mystery. Yes, there is a bit of bee sting make up and a couple of small fires, but mystery rules this film. In my opinion, it is the best of all the bee movies.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deadly Bees See more »

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Amicus Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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