Lord of the Flies (1963)
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Release Date: Aug 13, 1963 Wide
Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Peter Brooks' big-screen adaptation of William Golding's classic Lord of the Flies adheres closely to the source material. After a plane accident, 30 school-age boys find themselves stranded on an island. The boys decide that the disciplined Ralph (James Aubrey) will be their leader. Jack (Tom Chapin) heads up a group who will hunt and butcher the local population of pigs for food. Also on the island is the mature, intelligent Piggy (Hugh Edwards). Eventually Ralph and Jack become the center of
Aug 13, 1963 Wide
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there is no Swiss Family Robinson, Gilligan's Island or even Lost underlying positive feeling in Lord of the Flies. Brooks (after Golding) shoots for a pessimistic theme even colder than that of Conrad's Hearts of Darkness.
No matter how many years one is removed from the reading of Golding's book for school, its portrait of youth gone wild remains burned in the brain, and a viewing of Brook's cinematic take only serves to bring those thoughts to the surface once again.
While showing great fidelity to his source, Brook succeeded in delivering a version of Lord of the Flies that could best be described as psychological horror... [Blu-ray]
The brute simplicity of Golding's dark adventure story is almost perfectly captured in Peter Brook's film adaption.
Brook's adaptation is an encroaching nightmare of innocence lost, following Golding's thesis about what happens when civilization breaks down and man's true nature is revealed.
Audience Reviews for Lord of the Flies
- Ralph: Don't you see! There may be a ship out there or a plane.
- Jack: Grab them. Tie them up! See? They do what I want.
- Ralph: Your a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!
- Jack: Tomorrow we'll hunt again, then we'll leave another head for the beast. Some of you will stay and defend the gate. The beast may try and come in. Remember how he crawled? He came disguised. The beast may try and come even though we gave him the head of our kill to eat. So watch and be careful.
- 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: Oh Piggy!
- Piggy: It was an accident. He was batty. He asked for it. It was an accident.
- Ralph: Oh God, I want to go home.
- Piggy: Come away, there's going to be trouble.
- Simon: I think we ought to climb the mountain.
- Piggy: What's the use?
- Jack: What else is there to do?
- Simon: I don't believe in the beast.
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