Lord of the Flies (1963)

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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)  »

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El señor de las moscas  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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The 60 hours of film from the 1961 shoot was edited down to 4 hours, according to editor Gerald Feil. This was further edited down to a 100-minute feature that was shown at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival (May 9 to 22), but the cuts necessitated that new audio transitions and some dialog changes be dubbed into the film more than a year after shooting. The voice of James Aubrey, who played Ralph, had dropped three octaves and was electronically manipulated to better approximate his earlier voice, but it is still significantly different. Tom Chapin, who played Jack, had lost his English accent and another boy's voice was used to dub his parts. The U.S. distributor insisted the film be further edited to 90 minutes, so one fire scene and scenes developing the character Ralph were cut. See more »


(at around 1h 5 mins) Jack is talking to the group of kids, while eating a banana. Even with the banana in his mouth, and with him taking bites, his voice remains unaltered. He even speaks while chewing. See more »


Boys: [repeated line, chants] Kill the pig! Slit her throat! Bash her in!
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The opening credits list the entire production crew but none of the actors. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Space Children (1998) See more »


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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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