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… More

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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."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"The brute simplicity of Golding's dark adventure story is almost perfectly captured in Peter Brook's film adaption."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Sparkles with raw intensity."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"the most effective way of visually capturing the essence of Golding's Lord of the Flies"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Book-based classic can be scary and troubling in places."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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