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The Swarm (1978)

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  • Not for the bee-fearing person.

    • Michelle
    • 7/30/16

    Although many different directions were introduced, none of these ever really took off. Point one: probably not constructive to select Henry Fonda as Dr Krim, who dies from testing a bee sting and a failed vaccine on himself, leaving 1.5 hours of the movie without a great actor. That leaves the second and only scientist left (Michael Caine). But we learn from the start that he does nothing but run around with his hands in his pockets while courting the lovely Helena (Katherine Ross). But even a potential romance that might have blossomed seems to belong to an older couple who, despite Clarence's marriage proposal to Maureen (Fred MacMurray and Olivia De Havilland) are doomed by a bee swarmed train derailment before she has a chance to say yes. Then there is the question of what significance this has to the insect crisis other than the lesson-always say "yes" to marriage before you ride a train through a swarm of bees, since ya just never know what lurks around the corner....Ok, so I make my point. On a more serious note, no great actor will ever shine without a great screen writer. Somehow this one fails miserably, forgetting to give the actors something to do. The audience is always left feeling that they are struggling to be useful but the script never quite gets there. So why give it a 3 of out 5? Because-I actually enjoyed it! Yes, I'm a 70's teenager who always enjoys a good flick with people running around in bell bottoms and leisure suits. The movie, to me, is good clean fun with convincing visual effects in a time absent of digital media. And always a nice touch to include the help of the US army in the credits knowing they will always be ready to serve the country in case of bee invasion. Last, if you fear bees-turn to sharks or birds-there are much better man against nature movies out there.

  • The Swarm & The Norm

    • Clichae,H.A.
    • 7/30/16

    This movie was interesting as a made for TV drama in which older & younger actors of renown exhibited their professionalism within simplistic roles emoting genuine concern for young, middle, & old during a horrific crisis that took on a look of familiarity with today's televised murderous mayhem!

  • stars

    • tom
    • 1/28/16

    how did all those great actors decide to be involved in this crap movie and why isnt henery fonda listed with the other acyors

  • This One's Right Up There With 'Reefer Madness'))

    • Jeff Chaz
    • 10/4/15

    This is an absolute joy to watch! So bad it's funny! What really makes it doubly bad and funny is that they try to legitimize this piece of non-art by using all of these big movie stars!!! Outstandingly bad! A work of art in it's own right!!............In a class of it's own! The greatest misuse of great acting talent imaginable!!Kind of like a Mad Magazine spoof))

  • Why does TCM broadcast this movie in pan-and-scan?

    • vitorusso
    • 6/19/15

    Granted, it's not a very good movie... but bad movies can be a lot of fun. But why would TCM broadcast it (after the opening widescreen credits) in pan-and-scan? I love Lee Grant's description of the film in her wonderful memoir I SAID YES TO EVERYTHING:"My directing project had just fallen through, and I had grabbed THE SWARM for the money. THE SWARM and AIRPORT '77 were awful films, but they were huge casts and budgets. There was safety in numbers and anonymity, and everybody paid their bills."

  • hilarious

    • Cap
    • 3/2/15

    How fun to watch this crazy impossible dated film. lots of laughs.

  • Truly Terrible

    • TCM Fan
    • 3/2/15

    So many notable actors, but some of the worst performances ever! A waste of good film. Not worthy of airtime on TCM unless featured in a showing of "worst" movies.

  • General Widmark can't save ultimate disaster bomb

    • Jack Jacoby
    • 12/23/10

    Worth viewing for the incredible cast of Hollywood legends, this film is the disaster film equivalent of "Heaven's Gate" to the epic genre and "Ishtar" to the comedy genre. The Swarm elicitssnickers and guffaws universally as one of the worst disasterfilms of all time. But the cast is breathtaking: Michael Caine,Katharine Ross, Olivia de Havilland, Lee Grant, Jose Ferrer,Patty Duke, Fred MacMurray, Ben Johnson, Henry Fonda (his fifthand last pairing with Widmark), Richard Chamberlain and Brad Dillman, in addition to Richard Widmark, who is credited for the immortal line, "Will History blame me, or the bees?" How aboutUniversal Studios and Irwin Allen, and the screen writers, for starters!

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