Lord of the Flies

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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 a war for leadership on the island. The story was filmed with less success in 1990. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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  • Too slow in the establishing shots and too flurried with action shots, the direction, like the tediously repetitive score, raises a barrier between us and the subject.

    Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For all that time has changed the way it fits into the world, Lord Of The Flies remains as important today as it was in 1963. The quality of the restored version is excellent. Don't wait too long to see it.

    Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Though the boys' savagery may well be inherent, the forms of their mischief ( ... ) all stem from systems of behaviour with which they are intimately familiar.

    Aug 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5
  • The ideas and plotting of Golding's novel shines through, but this adaptation fails to find its power as it feels the need to rush through to the end.

    Aug 25, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 18, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 24, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lord of the Flies

  • May 26, 2016
    A reasonably accurate retelling of William Golding's novel, although some people will have a few complaints. The main one being the pig head on the stick (The Lord of the Flies) is barely shown and its message lost. Still, this story about boy turned savage is an interesting one.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2016
    Peter Brook's 1963 film "Lord of the Flies" is an adaptation of the 1954 novel by William Golding. The film is composed of absolutely nothing but children plucked up from school during summer break, none had acted and even fewer had any knowledge of or read the book. Brook shot over 60 hours of film, cutting it down to 4 hours then to 100 minutes before cutting it once again to a scant 90 minutes. The film highlights the human condition, stating that all the basic human elements of fear, hate and violence exists even in children isolated on an island. A plane crash leaves roughly 30 children stranded on an island who start to develop a hierarchy. They chose a leader, possibly due to a conch shell he found. They develop rules just like they would have in civilization they are used to. Some kids become hunters, being excited about killing the animals and the blood. A kid by the name Piggy (Hugh Edwards) is picked on by most of the children because he is fat and wears glasses. Soon, the order of things starts to falter as factions develop and there becomes two rival tribes on the island of children. The kids range in age, possibly maybe 6 or 7 to 11 or 12, the younger kids fear beasts in the jungle and in the ocean. They fear ghosts and all the things kids fear. Without adults, they must feel helpless, and at other times, they must feel liberated. Liberated from the shackles of having no say in how you live your life. The island provides them with their own sense of purpose and their own sense of independence, but at times it's also an unwelcome gift. Brooks directs the film masterfully, getting as good a performance out of these kids as one could expect. Reading the novel before years ago, watching the film brings me back to the moments I had forgotten but soon remembered from the novel. It's a good film and it's not too long. Brooks made something fantastic out of a little bit of money. It's worth a view if you're a fan of the novel, but it's also worth viewing if you want a film dealing with human nature.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2013
    The original Flies is a tremendous examination of what children will do if they are allowed to run amok. Of course the comparison is to what adults will do if they are allowed to run amok and they don't have the boot of an adult to turn everything right afterwards.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2012
    When I first watched the film, I was absolutely amazed by the beautiful imageries and the realistic adaptation of the book. It was very well acted, considering the actors were all very young.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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