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Locusts (1974)

A swarm of locusts appears on the horizon near a Midwestern town, and the inhabitants must find a way to destroy or divert them before the insects devour the area's valuable crops.

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Richard T. Heffron
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson ... Amos Fletcher
Ron Howard ... Donny Fletcher
Katherine Helmond ... Claire Fletcher
Lisa Gerritsen ... Sissy Fletcher (as Lisa True Gerritsen)
Belinda Balaski ... Janet Willimer
Rance Howard ... Aaron
Robert Cruse Robert Cruse ... Cully Cullitan
William Speerstra William Speerstra ... Ace Teverley
Robert Koons Robert Koons ... Klanser
Bob W. Hoffman Bob W. Hoffman ... Tom
Les Kimber ... Jim
Jacqueline Dunckel Jacqueline Dunckel ... Mrs. Hensen
Jack Goth Jack Goth ... Hank
Nancy Dunckel Nancy Dunckel ... Lilah
Michael James Michael James ... Cory
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A swarm of locusts appears on the horizon near a Midwestern town, and the inhabitants must find a way to destroy or divert them before the insects devour the area's valuable crops.

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Genres:

Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tag, an dem die Heuschrecken kamen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Amos Fletcher: A man that won't try don't need no enemy, 'cause he's already beaten.
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HARVEST
Written by Stephen Geyer
Sung by Herb Pedersen
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Not particularly successful but it has TV movie charm
31 March 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Set during World War II, a young soldier returns to his mid-western home after being discharged from the Navy for cowardice. For this disgrace, he is deeply frowned upon by his father and most of the others in the small community. Meanwhile a huge locust swarm approaches…

This TV movie stars future Happy Days star and Hollywood director Ron Howard in the role of the young protagonist. His father is played by veteran actor Ben Johnson. Despite what the title might suggest, it's mainly a family drama. The locusts themselves do offer up an 'animals attack' horror film aspect that sadly isn't emphasised quite enough. They never seem to pose that much of a threat really and are ultimately defeated quite easily. It's a pity as the mid-western setting is good and its isolation would have been ripe for a nature-strikes-back type of horror movie. The main focus is instead on the relationship between the father and son, while the ongoing war provides additional drama for the farming community to deal with, such as news of a son who is killed in the conflict. It's not a particularly successful film in all honesty and doesn't really mix the locust part in with the drama all that well. Having said all that, I have something of a general fondness for cosy American TV movies from the 70's so consequently I did quite like this despite its shortcomings.


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