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Lord of the Flies (1990)

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



(novel) (as Sir William Golding), (screenplay) (as Sara Schiff)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon (as Badgett Dale)
Andrew Taft ...
Edward Taft ...
Gary Rule ...
Terry Wells ...
Braden MacDonald ...
Angus Burgin ...
Martin Zentz ...
Brian Jacobs ...
Vincent Amabile ...
David Weinstein ...
Chuck Bell ...


After a plane crash in the ocean, a group of military students reach an island. Ralph organizes the boys, assigning responsibilities for each one. When the rebel Jack Merridew neglects the fire camp and they lose the chance to be seen by a helicopter, the group split under the leadership of Jack. While Ralph rationalizes the procedures, Jack returns to the primitivism, using the fear for the unknown (in a metaphor to the religion) to control the other boys, and hunting and chasing pigs, stealing the possession of Ralph's group and even killing people. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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No parents. No teachers. No rules... No mercy. See more »


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16 March 1990 (USA)  »

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El señor de las moscas  »

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$13,985,225 (USA)

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The variety of banana that the boys are seen eating (probably the Cavendish) cannot grow in the wild without human intervention. See more »


[all are marching and singing in cadence. One sings a sentence, the others repeat it]
Luke: Mama, mama can't you see? / What the Army's done to me? / They put me in a barber's chair. / Spun me 'round, I had no hair./ I used to drive a Cadillac. / Now I'm marching in a pack. / I used to drive a Chevrolet. / Now I'm marching for my pay. / They took away my T.V. / Got me doing I.T.
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A Disappointing Film
25 May 2005 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie during my English Class a few weeks back, and I have to say, it was rather disappointing. I loved the book, the story was very interesting, unlike anything I've ever read. When we watched the movie, I knew it would be different, but I didn't think it would be THIS different. The story almost completely changes, nothing but the bear bones of the book are left, and it made me sort of angry. It was cartoonish, and lacked any symbolism whatsoever. The book was great because of it, and here it lacks something. I feel that someone who hasn't read the book will laugh, they probably wouldn't understand what is going on. So much of the plot was taken out. The acting is okay though, Balthazar Getty does a good job as Ralph. Despite the boys being American here, he reminded me of the Ralph in the book.

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