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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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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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Monsters by the millions - and they're all for real! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der tödliche Schwarm  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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Technical Specs

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(35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the picture was theatrically released, it ran about 116 minutes. In the 1980s, when the film was released on LaserDisc, a long cut of 156 minutes was released. This version is the one now available on DVD. See more »

Goofs

When Fred McMurray (Clarence in the credits) is standing in front of his store, a promotional sign in the background spells his name Clarance. See more »

Quotes

General Thalius Slater: Give me some of that birdseed.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Bees (1998) See more »

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Good B-Movie Bee Movie
16 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

The subject line says it all: this is a B-Movie about, well, bees. Sorry about the pun! Despite the big budget and big cast, this essentially is an old 1950's style B-Movie, and in that way it works very well as a guilty pleasure. Mixing together the cliched concepts of both a creature feature with a 70's disaster epic, what The Swarm ends up as is not quite exactly either one, but certainly a good part of both. The effects are good but not great, some of the performances are pretty good (Richard Widmark I thought played Slater very well), and it kept my interest for its entire (extended) running time. This one is worth checking out if you are a fan of Irwin Allen, bug movies, or 70s-style monster movies.


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