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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 ...
Tom Gaman ...
Roger Allan ...
Piers
David Brunjes ...
Donald
Peter Davy ...
Kent Fletcher ...
Percival Wemys Madison
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Christopher Harris ...
Alan Heaps ...
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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boy | island | plane | fire | hunting | See All (83) »

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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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The finished movie was given an X certificate by the British Board of Film Censors; none of the boys who'd appeared in it could see it in a theater on its first release. See more »

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The boys go on the monster hunt, and leave Piggy behind to take care of the smaller boys. As Piggy looks out to sea, you can see (from behind, at a 3/4 angle) that his left lens is intact at 44:22 on the DVD. This is after Jack had already broken it in a fight previously. See more »

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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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Referenced in Veronica Mars: Lord of the Pi's (2006) See more »

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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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