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Lord of the Flies (1963)

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Shipwrecked on an island, the castaway boys eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational kids' attempts to prevent that.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Aubrey ...
Tom Chapin ...
Hugh Edwards ...
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 ...
Neville
Jonathan Heaps ...
Howard
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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13 August 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Senhor das Moscas  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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In 1996, 35 years after the film was made, the BBC created a documentary about the making of the film called "Time Flies", which reunited the main cast and crew on the beaches of the Caribbean where it was filmed; an article written by one of the actors, Tom Gaman, mentioned that of the boys, only the one who played Ralph (James Aubrey), pursued an acting career. Others went on to have very different ones: Gaman became a freelance forester in Inverness, California; Hugh Edwards (Piggy) became an engineer for a Russian firm; Tom Chapin became a gold mine geologist in Nevada and the twins David Surtees and Simon Surtees (Samaneric) remained together, living with their families in the UK and working as a guidance counselor and political administrator respectively. (NOTE: Contrary to Mr. Gaman's article, another of the boys besides James Aubrey, Nicholas Hammond, who played Robert, had a quite extensive film AND TV career, playing, among other roles, one of the children in The Sound of Music (1965) and the title role in TV's The Amazing Spider-Man (1977).) See more »

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After the vote for chief, a stake is visible in the sand at 14:23 on the DVD saying "Anthony M", telling Anthony McCall-Judson, one of the actors, where in the group he is supposed to sit. See more »

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Jack: We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English! And the English are best at everything!
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Kyrie Eleison
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A film of classic cinematic imagery more relevant today
11 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Peter Brook's rich film of Golding's "Lord of the Flies" is a stunning compilation of classic film imagery. Scenes surrealistic, beautiful and disturbing create a haunting atmosphere and a world of sights, sounds and ideas unlike any other

film. The choir marching on the beach in full dress singing that catchy "Kyrie Eleison", the first sight of Jack in his almost shocking warpaint, Piggy's comic- pathetic persona, the floating body of Simon in the ocean drifting off the screen as the sun-dappled water glistens, the look on Ralph's face at the very end of the film, his countenance stamped with fear, horror, relief and profound

sadness--all combine to form a mosaic of a classic contemporary fable. As the war in Vietnam was raging in the 60s and 70s, this film provided a distinct

commentary on the times. Seeing the film recently again, with its disturbing picture of irrational fear culminating in spectacular tragedy, "Lord of the Flies" seems almost more relevant today--and almost more tragic than before.


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