MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 895 this week

Lord of the Flies (1963)

Not Rated  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  13 August 1963 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 12,595 users  
Reviews: 100 user | 64 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

(novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 16 May 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 30 Apr 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 07 Nov 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 29 Jul 2014
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lord of the Flies (1963)

Lord of the Flies (1963) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lord of the Flies.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A Buddha-like bullfrog named Bill is harassed by two obnoxious tree frogs named Flip and Flop.

Directors: Brian Rogers, Robert B. Rogers
Stars: Kevin Rogers, Peter Rogers, Robert B. Rogers
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

G.I. Gurdjieff is a spiritual teacher and mystic who, after a lifetime study, developed a form of meditation incorporating modern dance.

Director: Peter Brook
Stars: Dragan Maksimovic, Terence Stamp, Mikica Dimitrijevic
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery.

Director: Harry Hook
Stars: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly
King Lear (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear has not one but two ungrateful children, and it's ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Brook
Stars: Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Cyril Cusack
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A wealthy and bored woman (Moreau) is witness of a murder in affection and meets another witness (Belmondo). She asks him about the history of the victim and falls in love with him.

Director: Peter Brook
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Pascale de Boysson
Marat/Sade (1967)
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In an insane Asylum, Marquis de Sade directs the Jean Paul Marat's last days through a theather play. The actors are the patients.

Director: Peter Brook
Stars: Patrick Magee, Clifford Rose, Glenda Jackson
Adventure | Horror | Thriller

Stranded on an Pacific island, a group of British schoolboys degenerate into savagery to the screams of but a few.

Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Tom Gaman
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Follows the 'Camelot' years of Jack and Jackie Kennedy.

Director: Roger Paradiso
Stars: Judith Malina, Danijela Stajnfeld, Tom Chapin
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Peter Brook
Stars: Hélène Delavault, Zehava Gal, Eva Saurova
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of Filipino teenaged boys and girls survives a plane crash and copes to live in an island amid politics, social class, sanity and death.

Director: Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara
Stars: Eddie Villamayor, Roderick Paulate, Jingle
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An opera singer, dressed in full costume and dress, must navigate through the busy city streets to get to the theater in time for his performance.

Director: Peter Brook
Stars: Julia Foster, Zero Mostel, Frank Thornton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Aubrey ...
Tom Chapin ...
Hugh Edwards ...
Roger Elwin ...
Tom Gaman ...
Roger Allan ...
Piers
David Brunjes ...
Donald
Peter Davy ...
Kent Fletcher ...
Percival Wemys Madison
...
Robert
Christopher Harris ...
Alan Heaps ...
Jonathan Heaps ...
Howard
Burnes Hollyman ...
Douglas
Andrew Horne ...
Matthew
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 August 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El señor de las moscas  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In at least one point in the movie (the scene at the beginning where Ralph is talking about the "rules") his voice is different; sounds like a completely different person (or perhaps by the time overdubbing was done, the actor's voice had changed). See more »

Quotes

Ralph: You let the fire go out.
Jack: We needed meat.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits list the entire production crew but none of the actors. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Madagascar (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Kyrie Eleison
(uncredited)
Performed by Choir Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

What's Everyone Complaining About?
19 April 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

After reading Golding's classic novel, my class watched this adaption of "Lord Of The Flies" in our literature class. I found it to be quite good, and a hell of a lot better than the 1990 version, which alters all too many important moments and characteristics of the book. Reading over these comments, I was very confused. 1. The story and moral of "Lord Of The Flies" is so haunting and powerful that it does not need an overly dramatic score. The tune that Jack and his choir sing around the island is just the right touch. 2. Of course the acting wasn't as amazing as it could have been! Everyone seems to be forgetting just how young and inexperienced these boys were. Besides, the character's in Golding's story are just as young, and act their age (however violent and disturbing it may be). I found the camera work to be quite lovely. The film uses beautiful shots, which only enhance it even more. The final scene is one of my favorites. My only bone to pick is how quickly the film goes through the events in the book. I really do wish it would have slowed down a bit, and concentrated more on such characters as Simon, as well as the boys transformation into savages. Overall I found this adaption of "Lord Of The Flies" to be fantastic. My advice to future viewers of this film is to read the book first, definitely watch this 1963 version afterwards,and completely avoid the 1990 version all together.


39 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Things I Could Never Figure Out About This Movie... timmaninaz
Awful Film. My second 1/10 ever. sdsigma
ralph or jack? billybutts
Just saw this movie... BrunoB78
Why no girls in the story? old-skool101
Sound out of sync in opening credits suferia
Discuss Lord of the Flies (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?