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Lord of the Flies -- The story of thirty English schoolboys stranded on an uncharted island at the start of the "next" war, Lord of the Flies is a seminal film of the New American Cinema and a fascinating anti-Hollywood experiment. In his daring translation of William Golding's novel, director Peter Brook found the cinematic "evidence" of the author's terrifying thesis: there is a beast in us all.
Lord of the Flies -- Shipwrecked on an island, the castaway boys eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational kids' attempts to prevent that.

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13 August 1963 (USA) See more »
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Evil is inherent in the human mind, whatever innocence may cloak it...
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Shipwrecked on an island, the castaway boys eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational kids' attempts to prevent that. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(9 articles)
Man, God and ‘Island Life’
 (From Keyframe. 18 November 2014, 6:00 AM, PST)

News Shorts: April 16th 2013
 (From Dark Horizons. 16 April 2013, 8:19 AM, PDT)

Criterion Collection Teases 2013 Releases with “Name That Movie” Art
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A MASTERPIECE. See more (100 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
James Aubrey ... Ralph
Tom Chapin ... Jack
Hugh Edwards ... Piggy
Roger Elwin ... Roger
Tom Gaman ... Simon
Roger Allan ... Piers
David Brunjes ... Donald
Peter Davy ... Peter
Kent Fletcher ... Percival Wemys Madison

Nicholas Hammond ... Robert
Christopher Harris ... Bill
Alan Heaps ... Neville
Jonathan Heaps ... Howard
Burnes Hollyman ... Douglas
Andrew Horne ... Matthew
Richard Horne ... Lance
Timothy Horne ... Leslie
Peter Ksiezopolski ... Francis
Anthony McCall-Judson ... Morris
Malcolm Rodker ... Harold
David St. Clair ... George
Rene Sanfiorenzo Jr. ... Charles
Jeremy Scuse ... Rowland
John Stableford ... Digby
David Surtees ... Sam, twin (as The Surtees Twins)
Simon Surtees ... Eric - twin (as The Surtees Twins)
Nicholas Valkenburg ... Rupert
Patrick Valkenburg ... Robin
Edward Valencia ... Frederick
John Walsh ... Michael
David Walsh ... Percy
Jeremy Willis ... Henry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toby Robertson ... Naval Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Brook 
 
Writing credits
William Golding (novel)

Peter Brook  writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Lewis M. Allen .... producer (as Lewis Allen)
Gerald Feil .... associate producer
Al Hine .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Raymond Leppard 
 
Cinematography by
Tom Hollyman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Brook 
Gerald Feil 
Jean-Claude Lubtchansky 
 
Casting by
Terry Fay 
Michael Macdonald  (as Michael MacDonald)
 
Makeup Department
Lydia Rodriguez .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toby Robertson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie Colombani .... sound assistant
Carter Harman .... sound recordist
James Townsend .... sound supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Berrios .... first camera assistant
Leslie Colombani .... lighting assistant
Gerald Feil .... photographer
Tom Hollyman .... photographer
Miguel Nazario .... second camera assistant
John Walsh .... clapper boy
 
Casting Department
Barbara Hodgdon .... casting assistant: Washington
Jean Hollyman .... casting assistant
Dolores Keator .... casting assistant: Jamaica
Stella Maude .... casting assistant: London
Fiona St. Clair .... casting assistant: Puerto Rico (as Fiona St Clair)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Fletcher .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Nell Cox .... assistant editor
Liliane Korb .... assistant editor
Solange Lubtchansky .... assistant editor
Stella Maude .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Raymond Leppard .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lewis M. Allen .... presenter (as Lewis Allen)
Phil Crawshaw .... general assistant
Dana Hodgdon .... presenter
Sesyle Joslin .... general assistant
David Korda .... general assistant
Stella Maude .... script supervisor
Sheila More .... title designer
Guy Neale .... title designer
Digby Turpin .... title designer
Edwin Wilson .... assistant to producer
Elinor Wright .... assistant to producer
M.J. Bogdanowicz .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Cynthia Keith .... registered nurse (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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92 min
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Australia:PG | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)
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Trivia:
Once filming began, Peter Brook largely dispensed with the script and encouraged his young cast to improvise. He shot over 60 hours of footage which was then edited down into a 90-minute film. Consequently, there is no screenplay credit.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Ralph:You let the fire go out.
Jack:We needed meat.
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Soundtrack:
Kyrie EleisonSee more »

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60 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
A MASTERPIECE., 15 July 2003
Author: Jonathan Rhodes from Sussex, England.

This is one of those rarest of rare birds: a film that is totally faithful to the novel upon which it is based.

During his lifetime, William Golding was ever protective of his greatest creation. When it came to making a film of 'Lord of the Flies' some of the greatest screen writers and playwrights of the day had a go at producing a script for it - all of them being turned down by Golding himself. Finally, it was decided to attempt the film as a sort of Drama Workshop. Thus it was that 30+ boys, plus director Peter Brook, a film crew and the regulation chaperones found themselves living in a bunk house, which had been an old canning factory, on the island of Vieques off Puerto Rico, with little more than copies of the novel and an outline of the idea and the limitation of the school holidays in which to make the film.

The result defies belief. This is a masterpiece of Youth Drama, years ahead of its time. Even today, 40 years on, it is still staggering in its truth and clarity. The powerful imagery, chilling in its simplicity, far transcends anything which could be achieved with present day digital trickery. Not for this film the obvious blood and guts of action horror; here we have the most unspeakable acts made far more terrifying by their very understatement. (Simon's death must be one of the foulest acts ever filmed - but then, in reality, it was not - it is all in the imagination of the viewer and becomes far more terrible than any actual depiction of the act of ritualistic murder could ever be!).

When the great day of reckoning comes, this film will stand head and shoulders above all other film adaptations of novels.

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