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Lord of the Flies (1990)

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


Harry Hook


William Golding (novel) (as Sir William Golding), Jay Presson Allen (screenplay) (as Sara Schiff)
4,324 ( 777)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Balthazar Getty ... Ralph
Chris Furrh ... Jack Merridew
Danuel Pipoly ... Piggy
James Badge Dale ... Simon (as Badgett Dale)
Andrew Taft Andrew Taft ... The Twins
Edward Taft Edward Taft ... The Twins
Gary Rule Gary Rule ... Roger
Terry Wells Terry Wells ... Andy
Braden MacDonald Braden MacDonald ... Larry
Angus Burgin Angus Burgin ... Greg
Martin Zentz Martin Zentz ... Sheraton
Brian Jacobs ... Peter
Vincent Amabile Vincent Amabile ... Patterson
David Weinstein David Weinstein ... Mikey
Chuck Bell Chuck Bell ... Steve


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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conch | savagery | twins | sea | cruelty | See All (67) »


The classic story of conflict and survival. See more »


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Did You Know?


A few weeks before filming started, Balthazar Getty fell from a tree and broke both his wrists. The director decided to write his injuries into the script, and put his character Ralph's arm in a sling for half of the film. See more »


In the credits, one character is credited as "Marine Petty Officer." U.S. Marines do not have petty officers. See more »


Piggy: We might have to live here for a long time! Maybe the rest of our lives! If we are stuck here until we get old, then we can't go on acting like kids! We've gotta be sensible and make things work!
Ralph: [looking up] No!
[a rock is pushed off the cliff above, killing Piggy]
Ralph: You're not gonna get away with this.
Jack Merridew: Yeah? And what are you gonna do, huh? What are you gonna do about it? You're out of it pal, you're on your own.
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Referenced in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) See more »

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Watch the 1963 version instead.
22 January 2002 | by dootussSee all my reviews

This remake of the classic William Golding book "Lord of the Flies" is not only bad, but it doesn't measure up. They have a glow stick on the island, and there's an adult survivor too. What really got me on my nerves was the constant profanity. The book and the 1963 version had only one swear word in it, but this movie adaption of the book was non-stop. If you've already read the book and want to see one of the movies the 1963 version is the better version.

Don't bother with this version it sucks.

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Release Date:

16 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hamakua Coast, Hawaii, USA See more »


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$4,410,457, 18 March 1990

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