The Swarm

The Swarm (1978)

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Continuity mistake: The burnout of Houston takes place at nighttime, but when the bees attack an ambulance driver who then crashes into a building, the scene changes briefly to broad daylight.

Continuity mistake: When a larger group of soldiers enter the compound at the beginning of the film, the door of the compound opens to let them inside in one shot, but in the next shot the door is closed and opens a second time.

Continuity mistake: When Mrs Durant is swatting the bees off the table at the picnic site, you can see Mr Durant is holding a white plastic cup in his left hand. However, in a close-up of the table, you can see that the cup Mr Durant is holding has gone.

Other mistake: Fred MacMurray is listed as "Clarence" in the closing credits, but when he is standing outside his store and talking to Maureen, a promotional sign in the background spells his name as "Clarance."

Revealing mistake: When we see the bees flying off the trash cans and on their way to Marysville, you can see it is simply reversed footage.

Continuity mistake: After the bees attack the city, the dead are laid out in the town squire to be identified. They are lying uncovered. A few moments later a shot shows all of them in black body bags.


Continuity mistake: When the Marysville residents begin panicking in the carriage during the train evacuation scene, you can see that Olivia De Havilland isn't wearing her reading glasses, but in the next shot she has glasses on and takes them off again.

Continuity mistake: When Paul's mother is using a napkin to swat the bees off the table at the picnic site, she knocks over a white plastic cup, but when we see a full view of the table in the next shot, the cup has disappeared.

Visible crew/equipment: During the Houston burnout scene, the flamethrower team set a car on fire. You can briefly see a film crew member rushing up with water to put it out.

Continuity mistake: When Michael Caine is in the freezer in Mr Harris' café, he takes the thermometer and has his thumb on the blue line, but the next shot he is holding the thermometer with his thumb on the side.

Factual error: When Rita is in the doctor's surgery for her prenatal visit, the chest X-ray in the background is upside down.

Revealing mistake: If you look carefully when Paul's father is killed by the bees at the picnic site, you can see he is breathing as his belly is expanding.

Revealing mistake: When the bees attack the train during the evacuation scene, a guard falls backwards and his arm hits a lever. You can see that the 'bees' in this scene are just colored pellets.

Continuity mistake: Near end Caine and one other leave Widmark. Caine says he will get Marcia Nicholson. When in her room he wraps her in a blanket covering her "ghost style" over her head and part of her face. Outside the room the blanket has fallen to her shoulders (maybe could happen) but next cut the blanket is again over her head.

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Revealing mistake: When Felix puts down his cup of coffee whilst speaking to Mr Harris in the cafe, you can see his cup is empty.

Brad Crane: We've been fighting a losing battle against the insects for fifteen years, but I never thought I'd see the final face-off in my lifetime. And I never dreamed, that it would turn out to be the bees. They've always been our friend.

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Trivia: When Felix is bringing flowers over to Maureen, he passes by a movie theatre playing "The Towering Inferno", which was also produced by Irwin Allen.

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