Lord of the Flies

 
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Book-based classic can be scary and troubling in places.
  • Review Date: May 4, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1963
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The boys' society crumbles into a brutal, competitive struggle to survive.

Violence

Some brutal scenes.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie based on the classic novel has some very scary moments, and the overall theme may be particular troubling for some kids.

What's the story?

Based on William Golding's award-winning allegorical novel, LORD OF THE FLIES is the story of a group of English schoolboys marooned on a remote island. At first, they operate according to the structure they're used to (\"Let's make a lot of rules!\" shouts one of the boys). Ralph, thoughtful and democratic, is selected as their leader. He plans for the long term, keeping a signal fire going. But when no one comes to rescue them, civilization slips further and further away. Jack and his \"hunters\" take over, becoming more and more savage. They paint themselves and make sacrifices to a mythical \"beast,\" first the heads of the animals they kill for food, and then one of the boys, killed in a wild ceremonial dance. They murder Ralph's last follower, a chubby boy called \"Piggy,\" and they are chasing murderously after Ralph when they are found by rescuers.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The movie has some very scary moments, and the overall theme may be particular troubling for some kids. But it's more kid-friendly than the 1990 remake, which updates the story with a contemporary setting and changes the boys' nationality to American. Dark and sometimes gory, it has some power, but it's not as good as the original. Teenagers should read the source book by Nobel Prize winner Golding.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What points is it making about humanity and our basic nature? If you were in the boys' position, do you think you would be able to maintain the current laws of society? Families who've read the book the movie is based on can compare the two. Which do you like better, and why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 13, 1963
DVD release date:January 18, 2000
Cast:Hugh Edwards, James Aubrey, Tom Chapin
Director:Peter Brook
Studio:Continental Distributing
Genre:Drama
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008
 

Really Good Adventure Drama

Great Book; Really Good Movie
Teen, 14 years old Written bynerdgirl96 January 16, 2011
 

Just skip it (warning- spoiler alert)

The book was disturbing (and people think my reading list is disturbing, so I really mean it), and the movie was worse (quality wise). I wished I could stop about the point that they stuck a stick up a pig, then stuck its decapitated head on a stick. Which then rots and is surrounded by flies. (although none of it is as graphic in the movie-I'm actually mostly describing the events of William Golding's novel) Then, they kill two of the boys-one in a frenzied mob, and the other in cold blood for asking for his glasses, which he is essentially blind without. Then they proceed to burn the island to try to kill another boy. Yeah, it's really pleasant.
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Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byVoldemortkillsS... August 7, 2010
 
The book was better than the movie. This is a book/movie that you should see sometime in your life.

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