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The Swarm

Year: 1978
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Irwin Allen
Producer: Irwin Allen
Writer: Stirling Silliphant
Cast: Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia De Havilland, Slim Pickens, Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray

I've read a few interviews with Michael Caine where he's been quite up front about some of the dross he's appeared in. To this day he claims he's never seen Jaws: The Revenge, but that it paid for a house he was building at the time.

I can only assume The Swarm was another one, a monster thriller so tawdry and cheesy he must have been paying for a prior house about ten years before he swam with Bruce.

He plays a heroic entomologist in a very groovy safari suit trying to figure out why a breed of killer South American bees are breeding with their gentler northern cousins before black clouds of the buzzing killers overrun America. I don't remember a real lot about it except for cheesy drama, extremely dodgy effects and another Jaws -inspired 'animals-threaten-our-way-of-life' storyline.

Director/producer Irwin Allen deserved an Oscar for having the patience to wrangle bees for a film, but audiences didn't agree, returning only half of his budget and making it a true disaster movie. One look at the stiff, disinterested acting and five minutes of the appalling script would have had those unlucky enough to sit through it warning everyone else they knew to steer clear.

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