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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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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 »

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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

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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A train approaches Houston with mountains in the background. See more »

Quotes

Brad Crane: Are you endowing these bees with human motives? Like saving their fellow bees from captivity, or seeking revenge on Mankind?
General Thalius Slater: I always credit my enemy, no matter what he may be, with equal intelligence.
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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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Referenced in Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) See more »

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Agreeable time-filler, but WAY overlong.
21 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

"The Swarm" has its share of flaws, no doubt about that: it's overlong, it's filled with genre cliches (many veterans cast in pointless supporting roles, indifferent romances) and it's occasionally overacted, especially by Michael Caine, who has a role far below his abilities. However, those who are calling it "terrible" and "campy" are REALLY overdoing it. The special effects are actually FIRST-RATE and most of the attack sequences are utterly convincing. Don't judge the film on the basis of its bad reputation; watch it for yourself and you'll discover that, while it's not an "art" film, it's an agreeable way to kill two hours.


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