Cast and Crew: Sterling Silliphant (Screenplay); Jerry Goldsmith (Score); Katherine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia De Havilland, Ben Johnson, Lee Grant, Jose Ferrer, Patty Duke, Slim Pickens, Bradford Dillman, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, Cameron Mitchell
What It’s About: North American bees cross-breed with Africanized honey bees from South America. Something causes them to form into huge swarms and decimate entire cities. Can entomologist Brad Crane (Michael Caine), who believes the bee has always been our friend, find a way to stop them?
Why Watch it Today?: After years of scare mongering, including a sub-sub-genre of bee attack films, the “killer” bees finally invaded our shores on this date in 1990. We’ve yet to see a disaster on the scale of this Irwin Allen film which just might be the zenith of the 70s run of Disaster films, with its outlandish premise, laughable dialogue, and cast of big stars.