The Swarm (film)

The Swarm

The Swarm movie poster
Directed byIrwin Allen
Produced byIrwin Allen
Written byArthur Herzog (novel)
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
StarringMichael Caine
Katharine Ross
Richard Widmark
Richard Chamberlain
Olivia de Havilland
Ben Johnson
Lee Grant
Jose Ferrer
Patty Duke
Slim Pickens
Bradford Dillman
Fred MacMurray
Henry Fonda
Cameron Mitchell
John Furlong
Music byJerry Goldsmith
CinematographyFred J. Koenkamp
Editing byHarold F. Kress
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date(s)July 14, 1978 (USA)
Running time116 min. (Theatrical Version)
156 min. (Video Version)
LanguageEnglish
Budget$21,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue$10,000,000 (USA)
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The Swarm is a 1978 disaster film about a killer bee invasion of Texas. It was adapted from a novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog.

The director was Irwin Allen, and the cast included Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia de Havilland, Ben Johnson, Lee Grant, Patty Duke, Slim Pickens, Bradford Dillman, Fred MacMurray, and Henry Fonda.

Many filmgoers and critics consider this film one of the worst "disaster films" ever made, along with Allen's subsequent films Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and When Time Ran Out (1980). It was one of two disaster films directed solely by the "master of disaster", Irwin Allen (the other being 1979's Beyond the Poseidon Adventure), who had experience directing several movies and many episodes of his TV shows. The film was a notorious box office bomb upon its release in 1978, barely making it two weeks in theaters.

Running times

The film was released initially at 116 minutes. When released on laserdisc in the 1980s, it was expanded to 156 minutes. This 156 minute version is the one available on DVD.

Score

The musical score was composed by Academy Award winner Jerry Goldsmith and used French horns and such to sound like the humming of bees.

The score was originally released on Warner Bros. Records in 1978 at the same time of the movie, but has since gone out of print. An expanded, remastered score was released in a limited edition by Prometheus Records and contained over forty minutes of previously unreleased material. It has also gone out of print.

See also

  • The Savage Bees - a 1976 TV movie
  • The Bees - a 1978 film

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Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed "The Master of Disaster" for his work in the disaster film genre. He was also notable for creating a number of memorable and popular television series.
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Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed "The Master of Disaster" for his work in the disaster film genre. He was also notable for creating a number of memorable and popular television series.
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Arthur Herzog is an award-winning American novelist, nonfiction writer, and journalist, well known for his works of science fiction and true-crime books. His novels The Swarm  and Orca  have been made into movies.
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Stirling Dale Silliphant (born 16 January 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, USA - died 26 April 1996 in Bangkok, Thailand) was a prolific American screenwriter and producer. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and educated at the University of Southern California.
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Sir Michael Caine

Madame Tussauds waxwork of Michael Caine
Birth name Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Jr.
Born 14 March 1933 (1933--) (age 74)
London, England
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Katharine Ross

Born January 29 1940 (1940--) (age 67)
Hollywood, California

Spouse(s) Sam Elliott (1984-)

Awards
Academy Awards
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Richard Widmark

Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death

Born November 26 1914 (1914--) (age 94)
Sunrise Township, Minnesota

Years active
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Richard Chamberlain

Birth name George Richard Chamberlain
Born March 31 1934 (1934--) (age 73)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
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Olivia de Havilland

from the trailer for In This Our Life
Birth name Olivia Mary de Havilland
Born July 1 1916 (1916--) (age 91)
Tokyo, Japan
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Ben Johnson or Benjamin Johnson may be:
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  • Ben Johnson (actor) (1918–1996), Canadian
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Lee Grant

Birth name Lyova Haskell Rosenthal
Born September 31 1927 (1927--) (age 80)
New York City, New York, U.S.
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José Ferrer

in the trailer for Crisis (1950)
Birth name José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón
Born January 8 1909(1909--)
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Died
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Patty Duke

Patty Duke on the 1965 album Don't Just Stand There
Birth name Anna Marie Duke
Born 1946 (1946--00) (age 0)
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Slim Pickens

Slim Pickens riding the bomb in the movie
Birth name Louis Burton (Bert) Lindley, Jr.
Born May 29 1919(1919--)
Kingsburg, California,
U.S.
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Bradford Dillman (born April 14, 1930 in San Francisco, California) is a retired American film and television actor. Born to Dean and Josephine Dillman, he graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English Literature. Following this he served with the U.S.
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Fred MacMurray

Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944)
Birth name Fredrick Martin MacMurray
Born July 30 1908(1908--)
Kankakee, Illinois, U.S.
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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda in the classic 1957 film 12 Angry Men.
Birth name Henry Jaynes Fonda
Born May 16 1905(1905--)
Grand Island, Nebraska, U.S.
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The name Cameron Mitchell belongs to:
  • Cameron Mitchell (actor).
  • The fictional character of Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell (Stargate) from the series Stargate SG-1.
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John Furlong is an American actor. He dubbed the voice of Russ Meyer in all of Meyer's film appearances.

Filmography

  • Vampires (as Father Joseph Molina) (1998)
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
  • ''The Swarm (1978)

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Jerrald King "Jerry" Goldsmith (February 10, 1929 – July 21, 2004) was a prolific American film score composer from Los Angeles, California. Goldsmith was nominated for eighteen Academy Awards (winning one, for The Omen), and also won four Emmy Awards.
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Harold F. Kress (June 26,1913 – September 18, 1999) was an American film editor best known for the 1962film How the West Was Won.

Biography

Harold F. Kress was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He entered the film industry in the late 1930s as an editor.
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Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., or Warner Bros. (pronounced Warner Brothers), is one of the world's largest producers of film and television entertainment.

It is currently a subsidiary of the Time Warner conglomerate, with its headquarters in Burbank, California.
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July 14 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.
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Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII
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A disaster film is a movie genre that has an impending or ongoing disaster (damaged airliner, fire, shipwreck or an asteroid collision) as its subject. These films typically feature large casts of actors and multiple plotlines, focusing on the characters' attempts to avert, escape
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Africanized honey bees (AHB), known colloquially as "killer bees", are hybrids of the African honey bee, Apis mellifera scutellata (not A. m. adansonii; see Collet et al., 2006), with various European honey bees such as the Italian bee A. m.
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State of Texas

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Nickname(s): Lone Star State
Motto(s): Friendship.
Before Statehood Known as
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Arthur Herzog is an award-winning American novelist, nonfiction writer, and journalist, well known for his works of science fiction and true-crime books. His novels The Swarm  and Orca  have been made into movies.
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Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed "The Master of Disaster" for his work in the disaster film genre. He was also notable for creating a number of memorable and popular television series.
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