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Lord of the Flies -- Lord of the Flies is famed theater director Peter Brook’s daring translation of William Golding’s brilliant novel, and the story of thirty English schoolboys stranded on an uncharted island at the start of the “next” war.
Lord of the Flies -- Shipwrecked on an island, the castaway boys eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational kids' attempts to prevent that.
Lord of the Flies -- Lord of the Flies is famed theater director Peter Brook’s daring translation of William Golding’s brilliant novel.

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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 mirror to society See more (99 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

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:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)
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Eleven-year-old Hugh Edwards, who plays Piggy in the film, landed his role by writing a letter to the director which read, "Dear Sir, I am fat and wear spectacles."See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: (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 »
Quotes:
Piggy:You and your blood, Jack Merridew! You and your hunting! We might've gone home!
Jack:We needed meat.
Piggy:You didn't not to have let the fire go out!
[Jack slaps Piggy across the face making Piggy's glasses fall off]
Piggy:My specs!
Simon:[picks them up] Here. Here they are.
[Piggy puts them on but realizes one of the lenses have cracked and missing pieces]
Piggy:[vengefully] JUST YOU WAIT!
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Soundtrack:
Kyrie EleisonSee more »

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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A mirror to society, 22 September 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Peter Brook's film adaptation of William Golding's "The Lord of the Flies" is still an interesting piece of cinema one doesn't get a chance to see too often. After more than forty years of its release, the film is still a good way to get to know Mr. Golding's masterpiece, as Mr. Brook stayed truthful with the screen play he wrote.

The mere idea of children shipwrecked in an island to fend for themselves, as they make a world of their own, was quite revolutionary when Mr. Golding wrote the story. To witness what children are capable of doing in extreme circumstances is an eye opener. In fact, the children put into practice what they have seen of their society as they realize they are stuck in an island without any indication of anyone looking out for them.

Although some criticism has been expressed in this forum about the way the accident happens, and the way the boys come from all parts as they first gather in the beach, Mr. Brook's intentions seem to be more into the theatrical staging of this scene as the different groups come together. The best scene being the group lead by Jack as they march on the beach singing Kirie Eleison in their sweet and melodious voices.

Cruelty is the most notorious trait the boys display for one another. That, and the leadership that Jack wants to take away in forming his own tribe and the complete breakdown in the communication among the boys. Mr. Golding was telling us that given to certain circumstances, man, or children in this case, will revert into being savages and that perhaps society's role is to keep people controlled into what is known as a civilized world.

Peter Brook made an excellent film, but perhaps his biggest achievement is the magnificent work he got out of the mostly unknown cast of young children. There are no false notes, especially in the principals. With the notable exception of James Aubrey, who plays Ralph, none of the other boys had a film career, although one sees the promise in some of them. Tom Chapin is good as Jack. Hugh Edwards gives a heart wrenching account of Piggy, the boy that is ridiculed by the rest and betrayed by Ralph in telling the new arrivals about his nickname. Tom Gaman as Simon also had some good moments.

This film shows Peter Brook at his best.

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