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The Swarm (1978)

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

Director:

Irwin Allen

Writers:

Arthur Herzog III (novel) (as Arthur Herzog), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Brad Crane
Katharine Ross ... Captain Helena Anderson
Richard Widmark ... General Slater
Richard Chamberlain ... Dr. Hubbard
Olivia de Havilland ... Maureen Schuester
Ben Johnson ... Felix
Lee Grant ... Anne MacGregor
José Ferrer ... Dr. Andrews (as Jose Ferrer)
Patty Duke ... Rita (as Patty Duke Astin)
Slim Pickens ... Jud Hawkins
Bradford Dillman ... Major Baker
Fred MacMurray ... Mayor Clarence
Henry Fonda ... Dr. Walter Krim
Cameron Mitchell ... General Thompson
Christian Juttner ... 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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The most terrifying thing about THE SWARM is that it is based on Fact: It exists. Fact: It has awesome destructive power. Fact: We don't know how to stop it. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der tödliche Schwarm See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Fred MacMurray's final film before his death on November 5, 1991 at the age of 83. See more »

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When the larger group of soldiers enter the compound near the beginning of the movie the door to the compound building opens to let them inside in one shot and opens again in the very next shot. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The home video and DVD releases are extended by 40 minutes, making the film's running time 156 minutes. See more »

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A Guilty Pleasure
6 October 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Yeah fair enough , this is reckoned to be the worst disaster movie ever . Agreed there`s some really terrible acting involved with Michael Caine either OTT or totally wooden from scene to scene with the kid playing Paul giving a " I`m really terrified because I`m waving my head from side to side and saying no, no , no an awful lot " acting style . That said I do have a soft spot for THE SWARM because it is rather enjoyable due to the lapses in logic and science , and who can fail to be emoured by the laughable dialogue like " We`ve been losing the war against the insects for 15 years but I`d never thought it`d be the bees - They`ve always been our friends " or " Has this nuclear power plant made any provisions against killer bees " ? Don`t take it so seriously and you might just enjoy it


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