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Lord of the Flies -- When their plane crashes, 25 schoolboys find themselves trapped on a tropical island, miles from civilization.  At first, they welcome their new freedom.  But soon they discover that trying to survive is anything but fun and games.  Ralph and his friend, Piggy, organize the boys according to the values of the civilization they left behind. Working together, they have a better chance of getting food, getting water and getting rescued. But another boy, Jack, embraces the savagery of his new surroundings. One by one, he lures the other boys into his camp. Donning war paint and spears, everyday life becomes a spectacle of sadistic games, rituals and punishments.


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Writers (WGA):
William Golding (novel)
Jay Presson Allen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 March 1990 (USA) See more »
No parents. No teachers. No rules... No mercy. See more »
Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Harry Hook 
Writing credits
William Golding (novel) (as Sir William Golding)

Jay Presson Allen (screenplay) (as Sara Schiff)

Produced by
Lewis M. Allen .... producer
Peter Allen .... executive producer
Jeffrey Bydalek .... assistant producer
David V. Lester .... co-producer
Ross Milloy .... producer
Lewis Newman .... executive producer
Peter Newman .... executive producer
Walker Stuart .... associate producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Martin Fuhrer 
Film Editing by
Harry Hook 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Michael Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
Jamie Leonard 
Art Direction by
Jennifer Chang Binns  (as Jennifer Chang)
Costume Design by
Doreen Watkinson 
Makeup Department
Mel Gibson .... assistant makeup artist
Sarah Monzani .... makeup artist
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Matthew Binns .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Franklin .... second assistant director
Matt Hinkley .... first assistant director
Matthew B. Locey .... first assistant director: Hawaii
Art Department
Owen Barnes .... stand-by stagehand
Wellington Batten .... props
Vincent Brooks .... stand-by painter
George Clark .... stand-by stagehand
Andy Evans .... construction manager
Samuel Fisher .... props
Gordon Fitzgerald .... dressing props
Cecil Howard .... greensman
Piero Jamieson .... lead man
Lascelles Kirby .... landscape foreman
James Lindsey .... stand-by stagehand
Jackie Martin .... props
Dave Pearce .... carpenter supervisor (as David Pearce)
Byron Phillips .... stand-by stagehand
Leroy Robertson .... greensman
Alfred Steele .... stand-by stagehand
Alman Wiggins .... stand-by carpenter
Tim Youngman .... property master
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... sound mixer
Bob Beemer .... sound re-recording mixer
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor
Evelyn Dutton .... foley artist
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Jerelyn J. Harding .... adr editor
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
Kant Pan .... sound effects associate
Christy Richmond .... first assistant sound editor
Michele Sharp .... sound editor
Jonathan Sorrell .... synclavier operator
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor
Special Effects by
John Peter Dabdoub .... special effects: Jamaica
Errol Dias .... special effects: Jamaica
Warren Dunn .... special effects: Jamaica
Frank Edge .... special effects: USA
Georgio Ferrari .... special effects
Logan Frazee .... special effects: USA
Terry D. Frazee .... special effects: USA (as Terry Frazee)
Albert McTaggert .... special effects: Jamaica
Michael Meinardus .... special effects: USA
Andrew Miller .... special effects technician
Clovis Nielson .... special effects: Jamaica
Roland Vickers .... special effects: Jamaica
Jerry Gatlin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bramley .... still photographer
Donald Brown .... generator operator
Rudy M. Fenenga Jr. .... first assistant camera: second unit
Eric Gigandet .... key grip
Gregg Guellow .... best boy grip
Rene Lang .... best boy grip
Wayne Leach .... electrician
Jonathan Leslie-Earp .... clapper loader
Richard Levy .... best boy grip
Tom Meyer .... best boy electric
David Morgan .... focus puller
Charles Patey .... photographer: second unit
Lenford Roye .... best boy grip (as Roy Linford)
Gary Shephard .... gaffer
Jeff Simon .... underwater photographer
Brian Sullivan .... electrician
William Tobin .... underwater photographer
James Tomaro .... electrician (as Jim Tomaro)
Keith Wheeler .... electrician
Casting Department
Robin Joy Allan .... casting associate: Los Angeles (as Robin Allan)
Deborah Aquila .... casting associate: East Coast
Donald Paul Pemrick .... casting: east coast
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Usher-Cooper .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Alan Edward Bell .... assistant editor
Jackie Johnston .... post-production coordinator
Tom Priestley .... supervising editor
Adrian Trent .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Sally Boldt .... music editor
Hubert Bougis .... orchestrator
Billy Byers .... orchestrator
Michael Davis .... musician: violin solo
Andrew Findon .... musician: tin whistle (as Andy Findon)
Gordon Langford .... orchestrator
David Lindup .... orchestrator
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Jonathan Sorrell .... musician: keyboards and programming
Richard Tauber .... musician: bass recorder
John Timperley .... music recording engineer
Trinity Boys Choir .... choir
Transportation Department
Harold Anderson .... driver
George Bailey .... driver
Lloyd Bentley .... driver
Junior Brown .... driver
Michael Farr .... driver
Neville Green .... driver
Roger Greer .... driver
Winston Hall .... driver
Owen Harry .... driver
Frederick Haughton .... driver
Balgrove Johnson .... driver
Wayne Jones .... transportation co-captain
Ken Killingsworth .... driver
Oscar Lawson .... driver
Dan McAlpin .... driver
Lindell Miller .... driver
Melville Phillips .... driver
Headley Radcliffe .... driver
Jonathan A. Rosenfeld .... transportation captain
David Siegel .... transportation coordinator
David Siegel .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... financial services
Elaine Ames .... production shipper
Stuart Bailey .... craft service
John Beharrell .... post-production accountant
Daniel Boisvert .... teacher
Errol Buchanan .... craft service
Peter W. Cookson Jr. .... teacher
Susan Cookson .... teacher
Leslie Cornyn .... post-production accountant
Ricky Coulson .... craft service
Dennis Davidson .... Publicity campaign
Ivanhoe Dixon .... craft service
Diane Durant .... script supervisor
Harold Edwards .... craft service
Mark Edwards .... teacher
B.F. Goodrich .... production assistant
Derek Grabski .... caterer
Theresa Grabski .... caterer
Moby Griffin .... marine coordinator (as John 'Moby' Griffin)
Jeff Hammond .... teacher
Vic Heutschy .... publicity man
Carolyn Klebaum .... assistant: Ross Milloy
Frieda Klebaum .... teacher
Michael London .... location manager
Richard Lorenzana .... production accountant
Susan Lorenzana .... production accountant (as Susan M. Lorenzana)
Mignon Lowe .... production secretary
Hwei-Chu Meng .... production coordinator
Neil Poppy Morgan .... caterer
William Moss .... production physician
Greg Paul .... production assistant
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Sally Porteous .... production assistant
Roberta Roy .... teacher
Paul Samuels .... craft service
Jon Scharf .... production courier
Joe Schultz .... caterer
Michael Schultz .... caterer (as Mike Schultz)
Martin Shafer .... production assistant
Buddy Shrago .... caterer
Rochelle Stevens .... production assistant
Jeffrey Stott .... production executive
Rosalie Swedlin .... production assistant
Suzanne Thomas .... production assistant
Judith Ward .... teacher
Jess Wittenberg .... production assistant
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen .... production coordinator

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90 min
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Filmed in 1988.See more »
Continuity: When Piggy gets covered in blood from the hit in the head by the rock, it appears when he hits the ground not when he gets hit by the rock.See more »
Larry:Sir, are you the leader?
Pablo:Jack's the oldest, but Ralph's the colonel.
[group voices votes for Ralph]
Jack Merridew:I guess you just won the election.
Ralph:It doesn't matter who's in charge. We've just got to work together. First, we build a camp.
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Really a good movie, 15 January 2012
Author: mattsimdb from United States

First of all, I never read the book. Both my older brother and sister read it in middle school, but somehow I missed it. I have been aware of the story for many years though. I am definitely going to go pick up the book now. Furthermore, can anything be more cliché than to pan a movie because it didn't live up to the book. Anyways, I had the luck of going into this movie without that bias.

I have read many other books that involve political analysis, such as George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm. I find these kind of topics fascinating.

First of all, I disagree with the people that saw this movie and see it only as "boys go savage". It shows that reviewers simply don't understand the deeper level this movie goes to, which is why do people behaved "civilized" at all. How does a democracy survive? How do dictatorships happen? What is civilized? How do you make people cooperate?

I personally have been in situations, such as adult recreational sports, where I volunteered as a team captain. It's a perfect analogy to Lord Of the Flies, because a team captain has no real authority. I'm not paying people, and I can't kick people off the team, and there are real limits to anything I can do. Every time I have done that there is always some punk that decides he wants to take over, or doesn't have to do what he is told. This happens regardless of how minimally I am trying to dictate anything.

So, how do you prevent anarchy? How do you keep from being overthrown? Every society starts out like this. Sure, once someone gets in power there are many people that can't compete with them, but at the top of any hierarchy is competition and relationships. How is order created?

So, after I watched this movie I thought, what did Ralph do wrong?

Here is my answer. First of all, Ralph should have not created a complete democracy. Instead he should have created a council subgroup of kids that would be elected into their positions. He should have also been elected, and would have easily won in the beginning.

By tying the council members positions to his position, they would have supported him in case of any rebellion. True authority is cemented in affiliation. Also, if someone else wanted to take over they would have had a civilized means to do so, next election, and wouldn't have to resort to rebellion.

Also, anyone not doing their fair of work on the island would have to be judged before the council. This way his authority would have been enforced through a form of group discipline.

Many tribal societies function like this, despite the fact that some might judge them to be "uncivilized". In fact, this is also how modern democracy/representative governments work.

Jack on the other hand did just about everything right in building his brutal dictatorship. He built his own council out of boys that decided to rebel with him from the beginning. So, he already had his power base. He used fear of the monster to create a constant state of emergency to keep people from questioning his authority. He used violence to keep everyone in line, and he eventually attempted to kill off all his opposition.

Stories and movies like this are very important to keep us aware of the way we are manipulated by those who want power. By simplifying the situation they serve as a window to show us how our larger societies function.

If you learn anything from this movie at least learn to be suspicious of any political group that cultivates fear in you of outside forces. By making you afraid and convincing you that "we" are the ones that can protect you, they are using the oldest trick in the book.

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