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Lord of the Flies (1990)


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Harry Hook directed this second screen adaptation of William Golding's cult novel about a group of British schoolchildren who revert to savagery when marooned on a deserted island. The new adaptation replaces British school children with a group of American military cadets and instead of a shipwreck, their plane crashes into the sea. The children swim ashore onto an island and try to fend for themselves, with the only surviving adult wracked with fever and crazed with pain. As the children get


Drama, Action & Adventure

William Golding, Sara Schiff

Nov 20, 2001

Nelson Entertainment

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The symbolism is right up front and unmissable, and the story part -- the events that in theory should cause our throats to tighten and our pulses to quicken -- is pretty lame.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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O brilhante texto de Golding sobrevive até mesmo aos tropeços da direção insegura de Hook.

April 8, 2005
Cinema em Cena

If the best thing you can say about this adaptation is that the island looks pretty, perhaps we might be better off borrowing a travelogue video from the local library.

February 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A rousing remake of the classic tale by William Golding about the dark side of human nature

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A fine adaptation of the novel. The kids' performances speak measures about human nature.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

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did not follow the book plot at all.
September 8, 2010
erika bruhns

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instead of proper little english tykes this film substitutes closer-to-home american military school kids, future halliburton wannabes, but there's more that's changed as well. instead of falling into depravity because it's their nature, in our nature, like in the first film and in the book, these guys do it because their leader said so. maybe with yanks that's the relevant, resonant way to go, hmmm? didn't the jerries try that line of rationale at one point? nevertheless the dark lord is underplayed as well, and so what remains is a watered down examination of our "civilisation".
June 21, 2010

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A shockingly terrible adaptation. All of the pieces might be there on screen, but nothing and I mean NOTHING that makes any sense translates onto screen. It's amazing how someone could miss all of the interesting themes. I'm pretty sure the child actors wrote the script without any understanding of the book. So it starts off with American Military Cadets, rather than prim and proper British Schoolboys. This is the first huge mistake as it completely shits on the transformation that every student goes through. Jack is reduced to a villain. We even here he was bad before getting to the island. The children don't fail at creating a society, they're all just a bunch of disgusting little pricks. Arguing at the slightest little thing. The kids also start with a grown up on the island...I can't even begin to explain how fucking stupid that is. It adds literally nothing. The fighter pilot is excised, losing the irony of Piggy praying for a sign from the adult world, only to have an adult killed in war appear. As well as Jack being the villain, Simon's just a weirdo, with every nod toward religion now gone. So what's left? A bunch of horrible children stuck on an island and acting like shits, which they were before they got to the island. Pointless, painful and frustrating.
June 6, 2010

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The movie itself is pretty good, but when associated with the novel, it fails pretty bad. The acting is over the top, even though they are young, and the executions of the killings are way overdone, and sometimes very corny. I is enjoyable to watch maybe with your friends, so that you can laugh at the poor acting in this film. The only character who was actually portrayed well, was Ralph. Decent film, but they leave out too much, and add in things that are extremely unnecessary.
May 16, 2010
KJ Proulx

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