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The Swarm (Widescreen Expanded Version)

Michael Caine , Katharine Ross , Irwin Allen    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Legendarily chintzy "event" producer Irwin Allen (The Towering Inferno) went out with a gargantuan buzz-on with this jaw-droppingly goofy disaster flick. No cliché is left unturned, as a hyperactive strain of hallucination-inducing killer bees get it into their microscopic brains to derail a commuter train, destroy a nuclear power plant, and otherwise decimate a veritable cornucopia of washed-up Match Game panelists (Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Patty Duke, Slim Pickens, and narcoleptic dreamboat Richard Chamberlain are just a few of the legendary has-beens to get fatally stung by what appears to be airborne coffee grounds). Be sure to stay tuned through the closing credits for a (lawsuit-preventing?) coda absolving the good ol' hardworking American honeybee of any and all sinister charges depicted herein. An irresistibly hilarious chunk of honey-roasted cheese--'70s style. --Andrew Wright

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Irwin Allen's doomsday epic pits an all-star cast against a North American invasion of killer bees!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh riot! June 4 2004
Format:DVD
Remember the days of Irwin Allen? During the 1970s, this director ruled Hollywood with several all-star, action packed disaster films. There was "The Towering Inferno" with Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. "The Poseidon Adventure" with Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters. The only one he wasn't associated with, I think, was "Earthquake" with Charlton Heston and George Kennedy. A cast of stars both major and minor populated constellation Irwin Allen. He could do no wrong-his films weren't masterpieces of cinematic art, but they drew in audiences willing to spend money to watch these epics. Then Allen made "The Swarm," and a horribly swift silence descended over Hollywood. The 1978 film about a pack of civilization threatening killer bees should receive cult classic status from lovers of crud cinema. Where else are you going to see Henry Fonda inject himself with bee venom? Or Richard Widmark going down for the count while trying to stave off bees with a flamethrower? Say what you will about this film, and you could say plenty of terrible things about it, but it definitely falls under the "so bad it's good" category and thus deserves are attention.
Something's amiss at a missile silo somewhere in Texas. The military sends in a crack team of orange suited soldiers to discover what went wrong. It turns out a swarm of killer bees attacked the installation and killed all the personnel. General Slater (Widmark) arrives on the scene to supervise only to find Dr. Brad Crane (Michael Caine) strolling around the silo. Crane claims a swarm of deadly bees did the damage, a statement confirmed by a radar operator noticing something moving away at seven (!) miles an hour. A chopper sent up crashes when the bees attack (!!).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned monster movie with all-star cast Oct. 28 2002
Format:DVD
Contrary to popular opinion, THE SWARM (1978) is not the worst movie ever made. Anyone who says otherwise clearly hasn't seen the collected works of Jesus Franco or Andy Milligan. Or Woody Allen. Having exhausted the possibilities of the one-disaster-in-a-single-film subgenre (THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, THE TOWERING INFERNO, FIRE!, FLOOD, etc.), producer-director Irwin Allen - who died in 1991 - hired screenwriter Stirling Silliphant (IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT) to conceive a storyline in which several catastrophes occur within a broader narrative. Taking his cue from previous small-scale entries like THE DEADLY BEES (1966) and TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978), Silliphant concocted THE SWARM, an old-fashioned monster movie with an all-star cast, in which a huge mass of African killer bees rampage across America's south-west before descending on Houston, destroying everything in their path - including towns, trains, nuclear power plants, and the reputations of numerous high-profile actors.
Representing the last gasp of the disaster cycle inaugurated in 1969 by Ross Hunter's big-time adaptation of Arthur Hailey's AIRPORT and popularized by Allen with respectable entries like the aforementioned POSEIDON and TOWERING (the latter a bona fide masterpiece), THE SWARM encapsulates this director's basic commercial ethos: Big stars, big set-pieces, and big drama.
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Format:DVD
Warner Brothers DVD release of Irwin Allen's cult classic bomb The Swarm features a beautifully rendered widescreen transfer (which is the only format to truly appreciate this movie), the theatrical trailer, and a straight faced and rather serious sounding behind the scenes documentary that looks to have been made for televsion airing for the film's summer time hype (it contains easy to see commercial break segues). Sadly the promised Michael Caine commentary and Big Bug trivia did not come through, though there is a biography for the late Master of Disaster in the Cast and Crew section (it is also the only one offered). As we all know, mutant killer bees threaten Texas and Michael Caine and a whole lot of back-up stars have to stop them, or else. The movie remains a goofy, silly disaster movie that is incredibly hard to dislike. If you love so bad they're good movies, then this disc is a must have. An essential for any schlock fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent "Disasterpiece" May 21 2004
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Format:DVD
Great Movie! But why are the bees referred to as "The Africans" - reference to Zu Lu??? Sir Michael - can you explain??
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Swarm Oct. 16 2003
By Mike
Format:DVD
The Swarm was a very realistic movie about the attack of the Afraican Bee's. It shows realism and what we can face in the future ahead of us. It was a really intersting plot.Micheal Caine was at top notch performance, also Irwin Allan did a fantastic directing job. the last 20 minutes was a great the best 20 mintues in the ending
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic May 31 2003
Format:DVD
This is a must have movie for all lovers of bad movies. The film manages to include bees of incredible power that appear nearly invulnerable. An quasi-all star cast livens the movie up with their absolutely astonishing attempts to act convincingly.
The premise is, of course, completely believable (assuming you're on a 2 week drinking binge).
And be sure to watch carefully for the single most politically incorrect scene ever seen on film.
For some reason this film left me with an incredible craving for breakfast cereal.
Enjoy!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars "The Swarm" is badly bumbled.
The acting is terrible and melodramatic. The plot is ridiculous. This movie is absolutely inept, and is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.
Published on Sept. 9 2007 by Steven N. Whipkey
5.0 out of 5 stars An Irwin Allen Classic in my book!
"The Swarm" is one of my all time favorite movies. Basicly because it scared the tar out of me when I was a kid. But nowadays I've gotten to where I really like it. Read more
Published on May 1 2003 by Michael S. Admire
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than I remember, plus wrong bonus feature info
When you see a movie with your sweetie on a warm summer evening when the world was young, you tend to remember it through rose-colored glasses. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by Midge
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Dull
As a bad movie lover I thought I found a lost classic when I purchased this, but instead found it to be very dull. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Campy, bad disaster movie that is surprisingly fun
"The Swarm" is merely another in the long line of 1970's disaster flicks that the Hollywood machine churned out with almost reckless abandon. Read more
Published on July 5 2002 by Patrick L. Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars The Swarm is Better than ever!!
The Swarm may be one of those disaster movies from the late 70's but it is by far my favorite in the Killer Bee movie genre. Read more
Published on May 30 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars It always gives me a buzz.
THE SWARM is a legendary flop from Irwin Allen, the kind that destroys careers. Hyped from here to the moon, and called "the most terrifying movie ever made" by Allen... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2001 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
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