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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

For they shall inherit the earth... sooner than you think! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Bert I. Gordon created some of the special ant-effects by shooting magnified images of the Panamanian bullet ant. See more »

Goofs

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

Voice: [Opening voiceover, as an image of ants tearing apart an orchid flower on the ground is shown on screen] This is the ant. Treat it with respect, for it may very well be the next dominant life form of our planet. Sound incredible? Impossible? Have you ever taken a good, close look at what the ant is all about? Like these atta cephalotes - one of the 15,000 different species inhabiting our planet. This one cultivates crops of fungus for food. Others herd aphids, just as man herds cattle. And what ...
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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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User Reviews

 
Worth a look...but nothing to take seriously.
7 March 2003 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This is my favorite giant insect movie. I don't know what it is about this one, but every time I see it on AMC or where ever I have to watch. The effects are bad and the plot isn't the best in the world, but not every movie has to be great to be fun to watch. Usually, in movies of this type the monsters (in this case giant ants) are rarely seen cause they look so bad. In this one, though, they don't care what they look like and they are more than happy to show us this cheesy ants...sometimes the old regular ants projected on the background, while at others really bad puppets. The plot has these people looking at vacation plots...you know timeshare stuff. While touring the facility, some members disappear and then the ants attack. They have to get away from them and go down a river on a boat to do so. This is my favorite part of the movie, going down the river. Lots of the cast are taken out here. Unfortunately, it ends rather weak as they all get to this town that has some sort of connection to the ants, but what? I would have preferred this one to stay with the river and wood scenes rather than the town part of the plot, but overall this movie is good fun.


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