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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

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For they shall inherit the earth... sooner than you think! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

While the ants are entering the sugar warehouse, several of the ants are walking on the sky, indicating a glass surface, possibly an ant farm. 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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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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MST3K Bait
14 June 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

Has MST3K done this film yet? They should. Joan Collins in her autobiography "Past Imperfect" stated that this was her worst acting experience. Watching this one can see why. Giant ants infest an island and would be real estate investors are their fodder. There is another part of the story about the ants controlling the local towns inhabitants but it doesn't salvage the picture. The best line comes from the old couple. "We just come on these things for the free food and booze" I kept waiting for Burt Lancaster's Dr. Moreau to come out of the jungle and say to the ants "WHAT IS THE LAW"?


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