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Lord of the Flies (1963)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 13 August 1963 (USA)
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Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that.

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... Ralph
... Jack
... Piggy
Roger Elwin ... Roger
Tom Gaman ... Simon
Roger Allan ... Piers
David Brunjes ... Donald
Peter Davy ... Peter
Kent Fletcher ... Percival Wemys Madison
... Robert
Christopher Harris ... Bill
Alan Heaps ... Neville
Jonathan Heaps ... Howard
Burnes Hollyman ... Douglas
Andrew Horne ... Matthew
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A group of young boys are stranded alone on an island. Left to fend for themselves, they must take on the responsibilities of adults, even if they are not ready to do so. Inevitably, two factions form: one group (lead by Ralph) want to build shelters and collect food, whereas Jack's group would rather have fun and HUNT; illustrating the difference between civilization and savagery. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Evil is inherent in the human mind, whatever innocence may cloak it...


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13 August 1963 (USA)  »

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El señor de las moscas  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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According to the filmmaker's commentary on the DVD version of this film (at 0:06:09), because of the loud noise from the sea and jungle on the beaches of the islands on which the movie was set, none of the dialogue could be recorded synchronously at the actual locations where the scenes were filmed. Instead, at the end of each day, the actors would be taken to a quiet location in the interior of the islands, where the dialogue for the scenes they had just filmed would be recorded from memory to be re-mixed, word by word, during the editing process. The one exception is the scene where Piggy tells some of the younger children how his hometown of Camberly got its name (which is also the only scene in the movie which is not based on a scene in the original book.) See more »

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When Simon leaves the shelters on the beach, he is shirtless. Yet when he watches Jack and the hunters kill the pig, he is wearing a clean, white shirt. Later when we see Simon again, he is shirtless once again. See more »

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Ralph: [thinking about Simon's death] Piggy?
Piggy: Huh?
Ralph: Piggy, that was murder.
Piggy: You stop it! What good are you doing talking like that? It was dark. There was that bloody dance. There was thunder and lightning and rain. We were scared. It wasn't what you said.
Ralph: [sobs] Oh, Piggy!
Piggy: [comforts him] It was an accident. He was batty. He asked for it. It was an accident.
Ralph: Oh, God, I want to go home!
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The opening credits list the entire production crew but none of the actors. See more »

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Referenced in Matango (1963) See more »

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Kyrie Eleison
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Out of the mouths of babes..
1 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I read the book when I was a kid, and I found it to be very disturbing. I didn't really care to think why.

Watching this movie as a grown up (especially as a grown up trying to think about anything BUT work) made me ponder several things about human behavior. For instance, what makes one person lead and another follow? Why is there almost always just 2 prominent sides to a situation, even though there are people involved whose opinions may be of varying shades of gray? Isn't it strange that once you commit an act of taboo, that it just makes it so much easier to do the next time? Why is an act that is morally reprehensible to perform individually, become so much easier when it is done in group? Where does one's individualism go when "mob rule" prevails ? I think the movie did a good job of bringing out the "beast", but it didn't surpass my initial impression from reading the book. The acting was commendable, given the age and experience of the actors, and the classic novel they were trying to portray. Ralph was just superb, trying to lead with "reason", but watching his leadership ebb to a much more terrifying alter ego. The relentlessness and inevitability of his fate was captured in all its horror when he is told "They're going to hurt you, Ralph".

Its hard to write a review about just the movie, when the story itself (as told in the book) is what makes the biggest impression. The movie is rich in metaphors - innocence lost, war, society in general, right and wrong, etc. In closing, I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for fear, but not of the sensational variety that 'horror movies' are generally associated with. Its a black and white movie, made in the 60's, and stars a bunch of scrawny kids. The fear is what you have to not watch - but live.


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