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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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Release Date:
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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Incredible Movie - A Forgotten Gem See more (98 total) »

Cast

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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
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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)
 
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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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Trivia:
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 »
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Revealing mistakes: In at least one place the plaintive cry of the mourning dove can be clearly heard. This common North American bird is not found in the Pacific islands where the story takes place, but reflects the fact that the film was shot in the Caribbean.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:
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50 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Incredible Movie - A Forgotten Gem, 26 March 2004
Author: john-1361 from Houston

Director Peter Brook delivered a very powerful and artfully done film based upon the classic book by William Golding. To those who have commented here about the differences between the book and this film: these are two very different mediums. Brook did not attempt a straight adaptation, he presented Golding's story through his own vision and emotional lens.

The use of non-professional children is one of the things that make this a brilliant film, and vastly superior to the obnoxious 1990's version. If you pay attention to the opening minutes of Brook's film, you will notice that the world presented is nice, normal, clean, and functional. The boys deliver their lines well and the story flows smoothly. Once the boys are on the island, the scenes aren't nearly so smooth in transition, the speech becomes very awkward and the boys interaction with each other is stilted and unnatural.

That is the point! These children know the direction they are going is wrong, to a boy they know this. Yet as individuals they are helpless to stand up to the group. Their awkwardness flows from their fear of being cast out, while yearning to be rescued and return to their homes. The nightmarish quality of the situation is well reflected in the hesitant speech and graceless movements. The uneasy stringing together of scenes makes the viewer squirm, hopefully making the connection to how ill at ease and unnatural the boys themselves must feel.

I'm sure most of you have been around boys of this age at some point in your life. They are prone to being tongue-tied, have few social graces and lack physical co-ordination. That's what makes this film so utterly believable, the boys are real boys, not pimped-out Hollywood trick ponies, delivering their lines in perfect Shakespearean English, while nimbly doing complicated dance moves and mugging their perfect little faces square at the camera.

Golding's book is a masterpiece that can be taken on several levels. Brook's film offers no fewer interpretations of the deeper meaning while presenting a realistic and horrific vision of the basic story. I know most people simply will not get this film. That's too bad because it is a classic.

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