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Empire of the Ants (1977)

A con artist tries to sell bogus real estate deals in an area overrun by giant ants.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

H.G. Wells (story), Jack Turley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Collins ... Marilyn Fryser
Robert Lansing ... Dan Stokely
John David Carson ... Joe Morrison
Albert Salmi ... Sheriff Art Kincade
Jacqueline Scott ... Margaret Ellis
Pamela Susan Shoop ... Coreen Bradford (as Pamela Shoop)
Robert Pine ... Larry Graham
Edward Power ... Charlie Pearson
Brooke Palance Brooke Palance ... Christine Graham
Tom Fadden ... Sam Russell
Irene Tedrow ... Velma Thompson
Harry Holcombe ... Harry Thompson
Jack Kosslyn ... Thomas Lawson
Ilse Earl ... Mary Lawson
Janie Gavin Janie Gavin ... Ginny
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Storyline

Sleazy scam artist Joan Collins tries to sell phony real estate deals down in the Florida everglades. What she and her unsuspecting buyers don't know is the area has been taken over by giant ants! Written by Humberto Amador

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It's no picnic! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H.G. Wells' Empire of the Ants See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Pierce, Florida, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema 77 See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the the rental car agency owner is painted on the window as "J. Foote" - James E. Foote worked on this movie as transportation captain. See more »

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After the survivors emerge from the swamp, there are alternating scenes in which Marilyn Fryser's (Joan Collins) white skirt is dirty, completely clean and dirty again. See more »

Quotes

Dan Stokely: [after Margaret has asked his opinion on the Florida real estate deal that's being promoted] If it was my money and I was gonna' buy this land, first I'd make sure they struck oil on it... and then I'd still think twice. Does that answer your question?
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was heavily cut for an 'A' (PG) certificate to reduce sounds of screaming and to heavily edit violence including attack scenes and shots of bloodied bodies. The cuts were restored for the 2002 ILC release and the certificate upgraded to a 15. See more »

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How You Going to Keep Them Down on the Ant Farm...After They Have Seen This Film!
3 January 2002 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Mr. BIG(Bert I. Gordon) does it again! He creates a truly bad science fiction film with amazingly poor special effects and some of the schlockiest character acting performances and dialogue around. Supposedly based on a story by H. G. Well's, The Empire of the Ants is about how a group of people go to one of those shin-digs put on by real estate folks hoping you will buy some of their resort property after drinking some of their third-rate drinks and eating some of their crummy snacks. Joan Collins is running the show, hoping to sell all the people who came by boat to her real estate project a lot. Seems she is not a wholly reputable businesswoman, yet she has no knowledge of the fact that giant ants that grew from a leaking can of nuclear waste have taken over the resort and begin feeding on her guests, first in pairs. In one of the more ridiculous scenes in the film, giant ants run on the dock, jump on the boat, attack one of the crew, and then cause the skipper, hardily played by Robert Lansing, to set fire to the ship and leave the survivors no recourse but to trek back by foot. The journey back causes lots of death and destruction. The most ridiculous scene in the film has an aged couple hiding in a cabin and then coming out to see these giant ants all over the hut and on the ground standing. I almost fell over laughing at the awful special effects! Finally, the remaining few reach a town that secretly has been taken over by giant ants that spray a mist over people and make them do their bidding. The second half of the film breaks any possibility that you take the film seriously. The first half, although filled with many a ridiculous moment, at least has some suspense and gives the actors a little screen time to show that some of them actually know how to act. The second half is a hodge podge of poor script-writing, bad character acting, and some more real cheesy special effects. The film is another testament to Mr. BIG's ability to create some of the campiest, bad sci-fi around. Despite all this negativity, the film is a load of unintended laughs!


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