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Bug (1975)

An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town. The studies carried out by scientist James ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

Thomas Page (novel), William Castle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bradford Dillman ... James Parmiter
Joanna Miles ... Carrie Parmiter
Richard Gilliland ... Gerald Metbaum
Jamie Smith-Jackson ... Norma Tacker (as Jamie Smith Jackson)
Alan Fudge ... Mark Ross
Jesse Vint ... Tom Tacker
Patty McCormack ... Sylvia Ross
Brendan Dillon ... Charlie
Frederic Downs Frederic Downs ... Henry Tacker (as Fred Downs)
James Greene ... Reverend Kern
Jim Poyner ... Kenny Tacker
Sam Javis Sam Javis ... Taxi Driver
Bard Stevens Bard Stevens ... Security Guard
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Storyline

An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town. The studies carried out by scientist James Parmiter, however, reveal an intent with much more far-reaching consequences. Written by Ross Horsley <ics6rh@leeds.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They Look Like Rocks...Possess A High Intelligence...Have No Eyes...And Eat Ashes...They Travel In Your Car Exhaust...They Make Fire...They Kill. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hephaestus Plague See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,602,023

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,602,023
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the cockroach models used in this production were made by Karoly Fogassy, whose day job was a Technical Illustrator at the University of California at Riverside. For years afterward, visitors to his studio on campus were treated to the stares of the creepy bugs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) See more »

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Scream fest in the best way possible
31 May 2019 | by UniqueParticleSee all my reviews

Very underrated oldie, IMDb's rating is 5.2 I think it deserves at least a 9.2! Very strange bug movie with an earthquake and people trying to study the creatures which can be terrifying and the ending is actually cinematic. I don't know why there are complaints about it.


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