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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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The finished movie was given an X certificate by the British Board of Film Censors; none of the boys who'd appeared in it could see it in a theater on its first release. See more »

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In at least one point in the movie (the scene at the beginning where Ralph is talking about the "rules") his voice is different; sounds like a completely different person (or perhaps by the time overdubbing was done, the actor's voice had changed). See more »

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Ralph: The rules, you're breaking the rules!
Jack: Who cares!
Ralph: Because the rules are the only thing we've got!
Jack: Bollocks to the rules! We're strong, we hunt. If there's a beast, we'll hunt it down and beat and beat!
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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 Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face (2017) See more »

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Kyrie Eleison
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Performed by Choir Group
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A film of classic cinematic imagery more relevant today
11 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Peter Brook's rich film of Golding's "Lord of the Flies" is a stunning compilation of classic film imagery. Scenes surrealistic, beautiful and disturbing create a haunting atmosphere and a world of sights, sounds and ideas unlike any other

film. The choir marching on the beach in full dress singing that catchy "Kyrie Eleison", the first sight of Jack in his almost shocking warpaint, Piggy's comic- pathetic persona, the floating body of Simon in the ocean drifting off the screen as the sun-dappled water glistens, the look on Ralph's face at the very end of the film, his countenance stamped with fear, horror, relief and profound

sadness--all combine to form a mosaic of a classic contemporary fable. As the war in Vietnam was raging in the 60s and 70s, this film provided a distinct

commentary on the times. Seeing the film recently again, with its disturbing picture of irrational fear culminating in spectacular tragedy, "Lord of the Flies" seems almost more relevant today--and almost more tragic than before.


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