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Lord of the Flies (1963)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 13 August 1963 (USA)
Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that.

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Roger Elwin ...
Tom Gaman ...
Roger Allan ...
Piers
David Brunjes ...
Donald
Peter Davy ...
Peter
Kent Fletcher ...
Percival Wemys Madison
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Robert
Christopher Harris ...
Bill
Alan Heaps ...
Jonathan Heaps ...
Burnes Hollyman ...
Douglas
Andrew Horne ...
Matthew
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A group of young boys are stranded alone on an island. Left to fend for themselves, they must take on the responsibilities of adults, even if they are not ready to do so. Inevitably, two factions form: one group (lead by Ralph) want to build shelters and collect food, whereas Jack's group would rather have fun and HUNT; illustrating the difference between civilization and savagery. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Evil is inherent in the human mind, whatever innocence may cloak it...


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$250,000 (estimated)
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According to the filmmaker's commentary on the DVD version of this film (at 0:06:09), because of the loud noise from the sea and jungle on the beaches of the islands on which the movie was set, none of the dialogue could be recorded synchronously at the actual locations where the scenes were filmed. Instead, at the end of each day, the actors would be taken to a quiet location in the interior of the islands, where the dialogue for the scenes they had just filmed would be recorded from memory to be re-mixed, word by word, during the editing process. The one exception is the scene where Piggy tells some of the younger children how his hometown of Camberly got its name (which is also the only scene in the movie which is not based on a scene in the original book.) See more »

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In at least one place the plaintive cry of the mourning dove can be clearly heard. This common North American bird is not found in the Pacific islands where the story takes place, but reflects the fact that the film was shot in the Caribbean. See more »

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Piggy: [as the boys are talking about the beast] I don't believe in no ghosts, ever.
Jack: Who cares what YOU believe, Fatty!
[the boys laugh]
Simon: [looking disturbed] Maybe there IS a beast.
[the boys laugh again]
Ralph: Hear him! He's got the conch.
Simon: What I mean is... maybe, it's only us.
Piggy: Nuts!
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The opening credits list the entire production crew but none of the actors. See more »

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A MASTERPIECE.
15 July 2003 | by (Sussex, England.) – See all my reviews

This is one of those rarest of rare birds: a film that is totally faithful to the novel upon which it is based.

During his lifetime, William Golding was ever protective of his greatest creation. When it came to making a film of 'Lord of the Flies' some of the greatest screen writers and playwrights of the day had a go at producing a script for it - all of them being turned down by Golding himself. Finally, it was decided to attempt the film as a sort of Drama Workshop. Thus it was that 30+ boys, plus director Peter Brook, a film crew and the regulation chaperones found themselves living in a bunk house, which had been an old canning factory, on the island of Vieques off Puerto Rico, with little more than copies of the novel and an outline of the idea and the limitation of the school holidays in which to make the film.

The result defies belief. This is a masterpiece of Youth Drama, years ahead of its time. Even today, 40 years on, it is still staggering in its truth and clarity. The powerful imagery, chilling in its simplicity, far transcends anything which could be achieved with present day digital trickery. Not for this film the obvious blood and guts of action horror; here we have the most unspeakable acts made far more terrifying by their very understatement. (Simon's death must be one of the foulest acts ever filmed - but then, in reality, it was not - it is all in the imagination of the viewer and becomes far more terrible than any actual depiction of the act of ritualistic murder could ever be!).

When the great day of reckoning comes, this film will stand head and shoulders above all other film adaptations of novels.


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