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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 ...
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Roger Allan ...
Piers
David Brunjes ...
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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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El señor de las moscas  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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According to the filmmaker's commentary on the DVD version of this film, 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 on 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 and re-dubbed 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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As Piggy is near-sighted, his spectacles could not be used as a "magnifying glass" to light a bonfire: lenses for near-sightedness would scatter, not focus, the sun's rays. (This error occurs in the original novel and was perpetuated in the 1990 remake of the film.) 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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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.1238 (1993) See more »

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Kyrie Eleison
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Performed by Choir Group
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Notorious eyebrow raiser wonders why child cast are under fire.
28 March 2003 | by (Some garret in France, surrounded by strange sounds.) – See all my reviews

May I start by saying a pox on those who do not love the cast.

I honestly can't see why you complain. I love the book; I didn't need to read it for school, but I read it anyway and enjoyed it. I understood the message Golding brought about. Then why am I not offended by this movie as I was by Lord of the Rings?

This film is an excellent translation of Golding's novel. It is stark, bold and well directed. The young cast are frighteningly talented, especially Chapin and Edwards. This has everything I expected and much more. Perhaps I was wishing for a more vivid "Lord of the Flies" scene, but it brought it's message across and kept everything in the book alive. I marvel every time I see Edwards' Piggy. I can't understand the capacity the boy had at such an age. Jack was well portrayed also, as was Ralph.

The ending was perfect. I admit the music did throw me off a tad but everything else just came so willingly. The emotions of the boys practically leaked out through to me, and that one little boy in particular (I've forgotten his name, I'm afraid - is it Percy?) looking up at the sea-captain just personified everything that the ending symbolised. This film is one of my favourites and I cannot see how anyone could fault it so drastically.


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