Lord of the Flies (1989)




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William Golding's novel about a group of boys who must establish their own society after they are stranded on a deserted island is the basis for this remake from Harry Hook.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
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Written By: William Golding, Sara Schiff, Jay Presson Allen
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On DVD: 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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Washington Post
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1963's Lord of the Flies was a transcendent experience in accurate filmmaking, 1990's Lord of the Flies is only a movie.

Full Review… | May 21, 2015

O brilhante texto de Golding sobrevive atÚ mesmo aos tropešos da direšŃo 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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2004
Apollo Guide

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did not follow the book plot at all.

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".

Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Luke Baldock

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