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Lord of the Flies

1963 1h 31m Drama Adventure Mystery & Thriller List
92% Tomatometer 24 Reviews 63% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when the they split into two separate camps -- one led by the pragmatic Ralph (James Aubrey) and the other by militaristic Jack (Tom Chapin) -- their society falls into disarray, leading to a disturbing examination of human nature and a chilling conclusion. Read More Read Less

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Scott Tobias The Dissolve 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. Rated: 4.5/5 Jul 16, 2013 Full Review Nell Minow Common Sense Media Book-based classic can be scary and troubling in places. Rated: 5/5 Dec 25, 2010 Full Review Penelope Gilliatt Observer (UK) Peter Brook's film preserves the book's character with a fastidiousness that strikes me as very remarkable. Mar 5, 2024 Full Review Joe Lipsett Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr Podcast Ralph's jarring ADR aside, Brook's film has a discomforting authenticity thanks to its non-professional cast, on-location shooting and sumptuous black and white photography. Piggy and Simon's death are horrifying, though characters are all too shallow Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 1, 2022 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin 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 Jennie Kermode Eye for Film 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. Rated: 4.5/5 Aug 31, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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Cindy R True to the book, a simple yet stark look at the essence of humanity in terms of foundational savagery vs intellect and societal obligation. The book (and movie) is haunting and plainly showcases the evil some humans are innately capable of and why we continually end up where we are today. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/29/24 Full Review Aldo G Disturbing film that, like the book, should be shared in all classrooms. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/24/24 Full Review sim M We live in a "civilized" world, but, when life is threatened, our primal survival instincts are activated, as amazingly illustrated in this film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/03/24 Full Review Joel H Watching Lord of the Flies reminded me of how powerful this story really is. Even though some of the children are better actors than others, there is an innocence to their performances that makes it feel genuine. Having actual kids play the parts also made the bad things that happen even more horrific. Yet despite the amateur performances and the fact that you can tell that this film was shot on a minimal budget, the plot is strong enough to hold everything up. Reading the novel as a teen was an unforgettable experience for me, and this movie brought back a lot of memories and feelings of that time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/24 Full Review Kevin P A very interesting character study and microism of humanity when "civilized" children are left to their own devices in a fight for survival. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/19/23 Full Review Daniel S This movie would be great if it only had a plot. The actors can't act and the first sequence is laughably terrible. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 06/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when the they split into two separate camps -- one led by the pragmatic Ralph (James Aubrey) and the other by militaristic Jack (Tom Chapin) -- their society falls into disarray, leading to a disturbing examination of human nature and a chilling conclusion.
Director
Peter Brook
Producer
Lewis M. Allen
Screenwriter
William Golding
Production Co
Two Arts Ltd.
Genre
Drama, Adventure, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 11, 2017
Runtime
1h 31m
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