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The Swarm

The Swarm (1978)

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  • "Managing the bees" was a huge challenge on this film. They went through several bee keepers before finding one that figured out they could actually hire unemployed people to "clip" the stingers off of the bees in a refrigerated trailer (bees can't fly much at near freezing temperatures). This operation, which went on all summer, made the bees "safe" for use around the cast and crew (alas, a few stingers were missed). But, as it turned out, the bees still contained some venom even without their stingers and the stuff got into the air on stage and produced some allergic reactions. In addition (there were thousands of bees in use), everyone had little yellow dots on their clothing - bee poop, probably.
  • 'Michael Caine' stated in an interview that during filming he thought the little yellow spots left by the bees on his clothing was honey so he began to eat it, unaware he was eating bee poop.
  • When Felix is bringing flowers to Maureen, he passes by a movie theatre which is playing Towering Inferno, The (1974), which was also produced by 'Irwin Allen' .

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