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I just ran across The Swarm on cable TV and sat watching in horror, not because of the killer bees but because of the incredibly wooden acting by an all-star cast! This flick shows that a bad plot, bad script, and bad directing can produce bad performances from Oscar winners like Henry Fonda and Michael Caine. Like the Jaws sequel he so often mentions, I hope Caine bought himself something nice with the proceeds of this clunker. Katherine Ross holds a special place in my heart because I met her on the set of The Hellfighters in 1968 (a movie that really WAS made in Houston) but it was painful to watch her plod through this one.
As for the special effects, The Swarm was made in the era of Star Wars with none of George Lucas' magic. The train scenes are particularly pathetic. My own HO model railroad was more realistic! Irwin Allen should have been ashamed of himself.
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