Lord of the Flies

1989

Lord of the Flies

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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 the feel of the island, the group separates into two different camps: Ralph (Balthazar Getty) and his followers prefer to act civilized and want to expand their efforts toward finding a way off the island; on the other hand, Jack (Chris Furrh) and his band revert to painting their faces, carrying spears and exploiting the island for survival. When the chances for rescue become less and less likely, the two factions go to war with each other, with tragic results.

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Critic Reviews for Lord of the Flies

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Audience Reviews for Lord of the Flies

  • Apr 29, 2016
    The second film adaptation of William Golding's 1954 novel "Lord of the Flies" finds Harry Hook directing. Like the 1963 film, Lewis M. Allen produces. It has the same basic story of the 1963 film and novel, but focuses more on the children's attempt to create a society free of parents and girls. There is more of a rivalry between Ralph and Jack then in the original. Ralph seems more levelheaded than Jack, who just wants to hunt and have fun. Not a great adaptation, but perhaps worth a viewing on it's own accord.
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  • Feb 17, 2012
    Lacking any emotional resonance from the novel, incredibly unfaithful, and corny as all get out, this adaptation of Lord of the Flies is lacking in every sense of the way. From the unconvincing American actors, to the new scenes added that do nothing but hurt the screenplay. This is a painful movie to sit through, and its one that you can pass up on.
    Joey T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2010
    I have to read this book and based on the review itself on this synopsis it has me curious to really know how the boys were portrayed in the book. As for this movie, it was ok but I think the 1963 version is a little bit darker and better than this updated version.
    Donna D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2010
    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.
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