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The Swarm (1978)


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Release Date: Jul 14, 1978 Wide



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Killer bees migrate to the United States from Africa via South America in this disaster film produced and directed by the genre's chief architect, Irwin Allen, and written by Stirling Silliphant, scribe of The Poseidon Adventure. Haughty entomologist Brad Crane (Michael Caine) shows up at a secret military base full of dead soldiers, shocking the attendant General Slater (Richard Widmark). Crane announces that the soldiers are the victims of killer bees with amazingly potent venom; he's been

Aug 6, 2002

Warner Bros. Pictures

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Why do the killer bees sting everyone except leading players Michael Caine and Katherine Ross?

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Big stars, big budget, big bore.

November 26, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Almost as good as The Hand.

October 22, 2003
New Times

É constrangedor assistir a talentos como Caine, Fonda e Widmark (para citar apenas três) recitando diálogos horrendos em um filme repleto de absurdos. Ao mesmo tempo, não deixa de ser moderadamente divertido.

October 4, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Swarm

The Swarm is a mindless and amusing nature gone wild, horror disaster film with killer bees. With an all star cast that deliver some good performances, but nothing ever too serious due to its plot, it plays out as low budget B movie fair that you simply can't take seriously. The cast are quite good in their parts, but this was made at the height of disaster movies, as they were very popular in the 70's. This one has more of a horror flavor to it, and I would say it does posses some comedic tones as well. If you love these types of films, definitely check this one out. Other viewers may not enjoy this, and I would recommend this one purely for midnight film buffs who enjoy tongue in cheek films. Nature Gone Wild films are always fun and entertaining for their concepts and plots. The Swarm is pretty far-fetched; nonetheless if you're in the mood, you'll surely enjoy this flick. Just don't take it seriously whatsoever. The Swarm is entertaining for what it is, and though it's ridiculous, it's worth seeing if you enjoy these films. The cast are good in their performances, and each of them brings something that makes this film so engaging. The film has had its Fir share of flack, with good reason, but it's nowhere near as bad as what many reviews have said about it. Go into this one expecting an amusing thrill ride that is well acted and a tongue in cheek storyline, and you might like it. The Swarm is a memorable addition to the nature gone wild genre of horror films, even if it's not the best, it's still entertaining.
October 10, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This movie is full of stars, but thin on plot. What is interesting about it, though, is that it is a combination of a disaster movie and one of the batch of 70s movies that emulated the style of the 50s sci-fi/horror movies. Although the mixing of the two genres is interesting, the characters and story aren't as interesting and it doesn't end well.
October 26, 2012

Super Reviewer

Dr. Krim: They're more virulent than the Australian Brown-Box Jellyfish! 

"It's more than speculation- it's a prediction!"

There are so many of these shitty B-Disaster/Animals Gone Wild films. The Swarm populates a genre that hasn't seen too many successes. What the genre does do is make me laugh... most of the time. The Swarm didn't. It actually seemed to be taking itself somewhat seriously, which is a big fucking no-no when it comes to B-Movies. 

I'll admit that the only real reason I turned this movie on in the first place is that Michael Caine and Katherine Ross are in it. They don't really help the movie go down any smoother though. Seeing as they still have to act in a movie as absurd as this, you know their performances aren't going to be good. And they aren't. They are as bad as I've seen them. 

While their the only reason I turned it on, there are many reasons I turned it off half way through. First, the movie is 2 hours and 35 minutes. At the hour mark, I said to myself, "Am I really going to sit through another hour and a half of this shit?" Answer: "Fuck no!" 
January 10, 2012
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Just awful movie with inept "special" effects and a host of usually fine actors giving atrocious performances. Katharine Ross in particular is terrible, beyond wooden to postiively inert but Caine is hardly better. The only one who is seemingly trying to earn his paycheck is Richard Widmark who gives his all while surrounded by bored costars. Although who can blame them with a script that stinks like year old cheese. Let's hope they were well paid. Do yourself a favor and don't watch.
If you have to see a bee disaster movie seek out "Killer Bees" a TV movie with Gloria Swanson and Kate Jackson which at least is entertaining.
March 30, 2010
jay nixon

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    1. Dr. Andrews: Billions of dollars have been spent to make these nuclear plants safe. Fail-safe! The odds against anything going wrong are astronomical, Doctor!
    2. Dr. Hubbard: I appreciate that, Doctor. But let me ask you. In all your fail-safe techniques, is there a provision for an attack by killer bees?
    – Submitted by Donald L (2 years ago)
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