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The Swarm (1978)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | 14 July 1978 (USA)
A huge swarm of deadly African bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brad Crane
... Captain Helena Anderson
... General Slater
... Dr. Hubbard
... Maureen Schuester
... Felix
... Anne MacGregor
... Dr. Andrews (as Jose Ferrer)
... Rita (as Patty Duke Astin)
... Jud Hawkins
... Major Baker
... Mayor Clarence
... Dr. Walter Krim
... General Thompson
... Paul Durant
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Storyline

Killer bees from South America have been breeding with the gentler bees of more northern climes, slowly extending their territory northward decade after decade. Entomologist Brad Crane has discovered that something is making them come together in huge, killer swarms. He wants to keep the General Slater from using military tactics from further upsetting the balance of nature as they join to try to stop the swarms from approaching Houston. Written by Ørnås

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Horror | Thriller

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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der tödliche Schwarm  »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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(35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was part of the 1970s cycle of Hollywood disaster movies. See more »

Goofs

In the background, a paralyzed scientist in a wheelchair kicks a door open. See more »

Quotes

[after Crane leaves the missile silo's mortuary]
Major Baker: I noticed Dr. Crane seemed uneasy in here.
Dr. Krim: I can't imagine why anyone would be uneasy around all these *dead men*. Can you, Major?
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in closing credits: The African killer bee portrayed in this film bears absolutely no relationship to the industrious hard-working American honey bee to which we are indebted for pollinating vital crops that feed our nation. See more »

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A disaster of a movie but not the kind of disaster they intended
10 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

A disaster of a movie but not the kind of disaster the film makers intended. Just awful movie with inept "special" effects and a host of usually fine actors giving atrocious performances. Katharine Ross in particular is terrible, beyond wooden to positively inert but Caine is hardly better. The only one who is seemingly trying to earn his paycheck is Richard Widmark who gives his all while surrounded by bored costars. Although who can blame them with a script that stinks like year old cheese. Let's hope they were well paid. Do yourself a favor and don't watch. If you have to see a bee disaster movie seek out "Killer Bees" a TV movie with Gloria Swanson and Kate Jackson which at least is entertaining.


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