Trivia / The Swarm

  • All-Star Cast: Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Olivia de Havilland, Patty Duke, Fred MacMurray, Slim Pickens, Henry Fonda...
  • Genre-Killer: Though the '70s disaster movie boom would continue for a couple more years, this was widely seen as the film that indicated that the genre was becoming totally burnt out. On top of that, its box-office failure was a big factor in changing the way studios approached summer movies — The Swarm had nearly twice the budget of Star Wars, but spent almost all of it on the actors' salaries and resulted in the rest of the production looking like a glorified TV movie.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Michael Caine and Lee Grant have both said in their autobiographies (What's It All About? and I Said "Yes" to Everything) that they did the film purely for the money. In Caine's case, he was planning to move from London to Los Angeles, and used his salary for the film to buy a house.
  • Old Shame:
    • After the film's financial failure, Irwin Allen forbade anyone to mention it around him.
    • The Swarm is just one of the many movies that Michael Caine isn't proud of.