The Swarm

The Swarm

Director: Irwin Allen Cast: Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark

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Overview

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 tracking huge swarms of the things and fears they'll kill millions before they're through. Eventually, the president asks Crane to lead the battle against the killer insects and he assembles a team of crack scientists. Meanwhile, the bees overpower a family picnic in nearby Marysville; only the son, Paul (Christian Juttner), escapes with his life. Crane and military physician Helena Anderson (Katherine Ross) head to Marysville to warn the populace about the impending danger. Among the citizens in the direct path of the bees are schoolmarm Maureen Schuster (Olivia de Havilland) and her competing suitors, Felix (Ben Johnson) and Clarence (Fred MacMurray). Eventually, the bees stage a massacre in Marysville and then set their sights on Houston. Neither pesticides, firebombing, nor the heroic sacrifice of scientist Dr. Krim (Henry Fonda) seems to offer a solution for the impending disaster. Universally reviled by critics, The Swarm failed to continue Allen's winning streak at the box office. Caine would re-team with his director the following year for Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
UPC: 0888574092191
Original Release: 1978
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:35:00
Sales rank: 10,983

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Brad Crane
Katharine Ross Helena
Richard Widmark Gen. Slater
Richard Chamberlain Dr. Hubbard
Olivia de Havilland Maureen Schuster
Ben Johnson Felix
Lee Grant Anne MacGregor
José Ferrer Dr. Andrews
Slim Pickens Jud Hawkins
Bradford Dillman Maj. Baker
Fred MacMurray Clarence
Henry Fonda Dr. Krim
Cameron Mitchell Gen. Thompson
Christian Juttner Paul Durant
Morgan Paull Dr. Newman
Alejandro Rey Dr. Martinez
Don "Red" Barry Pete Harris
Steven Marlo 1st Pilot
Ernie F. Orsatti Duty Officer
Steve Powers Radarmen
John Williams Launching Officer
George Simmons Nurse
Marcia Nicholson Captain
Elizabeth Rogers Woman Scientist
Doria Cook Mrs. Durant
Robert Varney Mr. Durant
Pat Culliton Sheriff Morrison
John Furlong Cameraman
Chris Petersen Hal
Bill Snider Radarman #2
Arell Blanton Sergeant
Trent Dolan Radio Sergeant
Frank Blair Himself
Arthur Space Engineer
Chuck Hayward Standby Engineer
Michael Sheehan Airman #1
Howard Culver Airman #2
Patty Duke Rita Bard

Technical Credits
Irwin Allen Director,Producer
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Jack Baur Casting
Michael Benson Camera Operator
Norman A. Cook Production Manager
VanDer Veer Photo Effects Special Effects
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Harold L. Fuhrman Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Howard Jensen Special Effects
Stan Jolley Production Designer
Alfred M. Kemper Set Decoration/Design
Hubie Kerns Stunts
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Harold Kress Editor
Herman Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Lloyd Makeup
Michael Minkler Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Allan R. Potter Sound Editor
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Mike Salamunovich Asst. Director
Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter
Paul Stader Stunts
Paul Zastupnevich Costumes/Costume Designer

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