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Lord of the Flies (1963)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 13 August 1963 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Aubrey ...
Tom Chapin ...
Hugh Edwards ...
Roger Elwin ...
Tom Gaman ...
Roger Allan ...
David Brunjes ...
Peter Davy ...
Kent Fletcher ...
Percival Wemys Madison
Christopher Harris ...
Alan Heaps ...
Jonathan Heaps ...
Burnes Hollyman ...
Andrew Horne ...


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:

El señor de las moscas  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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The novel has the story unfold over several weeks. In the film however, the events allegedly cover only a few days. See more »


When Piggy's body is floating in the sea, the rope holding the doll near the rocks can be clearly seen. See more »


Piggy: I've got the conch!
[the boys jeer and taunt him from above the cliff]
Piggy: [shouts] Which is it better to be, a pack of painted savages like you are, or sensible like Ralph is? Which is better, to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?
[Roger goes angry and pushes a huge boulder, which heads right to Piggy]
Piggy: AAH!
Ralph: Piggy!
[the boys go silently still as they see Piggy's body wash away in the sea]
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The opening credits list the entire production crew but none of the actors. See more »


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Kyrie Eleison
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Well done on the DVD extras
24 July 2003 | by (phoenix, az) – See all my reviews

We all know the film and book from grade school - they do still teach it don't they? Anyway, I am incredibly impressed with the Criterion DVD extras. Home movies, outtakes, deleted scenes, scrapbook, etc. all with commentary from a cameraman as well as the director, there are even book excerpts read by William Golding, the author. The entire collection is a work of art unto itself.

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