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The Swarm (Widescreen Expanded Version)
Irwin Allen's doomsday epic pits an all-star cast against a North American invasion of killer bees!
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 (!!).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I became an admirer of Michael Caine after watching his portrayal as Dr. Brad Crane, a man on a quest to wipe out killer African Bees. Richard Widmark is superb as General Slater, and Henry Fonda gives a touch of class as Dr. Krim -Dr. Crane's colleague and mentor. The supporting cast give their own performances certain class, especially Olivia De Havilland, Ben Johnson, and Fred MacMurray playing a 'menàge a trois? -maybe that's cheesy, but it's entertaining.
Jerry Goldsmith's powerful score is excellent, and the visual effects are average. However, some of the extra scenes are unnecessary, and the fact that the people stung by the bees watch giant bees almost all the time is annoying, not to mention out of place. But I think Irwin Allen's take on this movie was a nice work. I am looking forward to a widescreen edition.
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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
Great Movie! But why are the bees referred to as "The Africans" - reference to Zu Lu??? Sir Michael - can you explain??Published on May 20 2004 by 1
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2003 by Mike
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. Read morePublished on May 31 2003
"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 morePublished on May 1 2003 by Michael S. Admire
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 morePublished on Aug. 11 2002 by Midge
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 morePublished on Aug. 3 2002
"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 morePublished on July 5 2002 by Patrick L. Randall