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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.

Director:

Peter Brook

Writer:

William Golding (novel)
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Lord of the Flies is a modern remake of the William Golding classic that was written, produced, performed and edited completely by me, my brothers, and other children aged 7 to 17 during ... See full summary »

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A group of girls are deserted on an island and descend into savagery, losing their humanity along the way.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Aubrey ... Ralph
Tom Chapin ... Jack
Hugh Edwards ... Piggy
Roger Elwin ... Roger
Tom Gaman ... Simon
Roger Allan Roger Allan ... Piers
David Brunjes David Brunjes ... Donald
Peter Davy ... Peter
Kent Fletcher ... Percival Wemys Madison
Nicholas Hammond ... Robert
Christopher Harris Christopher Harris ... Bill
Alan Heaps ... Neville
Jonathan Heaps Jonathan Heaps ... Howard
Burnes Hollyman Burnes Hollyman ... Douglas
Andrew Horne Andrew Horne ... Matthew
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El señor de las moscas See more »

Filming Locations:

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Two Arts Ltd. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The name of the boy who is whipped at the end is Piers in the movie (though his name is not mentioned in the dialogue), but was Wilfred in the book. The reasons that Jack imposed this punishment remain unspecified in both the movie and the book. See more »

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After the vote for chief, a stake is visible in the sand at 14:23 on the DVD saying "Anthony M", telling Anthony McCall-Judson, one of the actors, where in the group he is supposed to sit. See more »

Quotes

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 The Ben Stiller Show: ZooTV at Night (1995) See more »

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Kyrie Eleison
(Raymond Leppard)
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A mirror to society
22 September 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Peter Brook's film adaptation of William Golding's "The Lord of the Flies" is still an interesting piece of cinema one doesn't get a chance to see too often. After more than forty years of its release, the film is still a good way to get to know Mr. Golding's masterpiece, as Mr. Brook stayed truthful with the screen play he wrote.

The mere idea of children shipwrecked in an island to fend for themselves, as they make a world of their own, was quite revolutionary when Mr. Golding wrote the story. To witness what children are capable of doing in extreme circumstances is an eye opener. In fact, the children put into practice what they have seen of their society as they realize they are stuck in an island without any indication of anyone looking out for them.

Although some criticism has been expressed in this forum about the way the accident happens, and the way the boys come from all parts as they first gather in the beach, Mr. Brook's intentions seem to be more into the theatrical staging of this scene as the different groups come together. The best scene being the group lead by Jack as they march on the beach singing Kirie Eleison in their sweet and melodious voices.

Cruelty is the most notorious trait the boys display for one another. That, and the leadership that Jack wants to take away in forming his own tribe and the complete breakdown in the communication among the boys. Mr. Golding was telling us that given to certain circumstances, man, or children in this case, will revert into being savages and that perhaps society's role is to keep people controlled into what is known as a civilized world.

Peter Brook made an excellent film, but perhaps his biggest achievement is the magnificent work he got out of the mostly unknown cast of young children. There are no false notes, especially in the principals. With the notable exception of James Aubrey, who plays Ralph, none of the other boys had a film career, although one sees the promise in some of them. Tom Chapin is good as Jack. Hugh Edwards gives a heart wrenching account of Piggy, the boy that is ridiculed by the rest and betrayed by Ralph in telling the new arrivals about his nickname. Tom Gaman as Simon also had some good moments.

This film shows Peter Brook at his best.


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