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Not particularly successful but it has TV movie charm
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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