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The Lord of the Flies (Widescreen)

Balthazar Getty , Chris Furrh , Harry Hook    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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Harry Hook's adaptation is not as faithful to the William Golding novel as you'd wish (they excised the Lord of the Flies dialogue with Simon!) and because of it, the movie is less allegorical and less resonant. A group of young men from a military academy are stranded on an island. The group quickly becomes fractious with a passive section led by Ralph, trying to get rescued, and a hunter faction, led by Jack, trying to procure meat and "have fun." Peter Brook's 1963 filming seemed to get closer to the Darwinist sense of this cultural disintegration. Here, the hunter faction seems more like Peter Pan's Lost Boys than the bloodthirsty murderers they are. The performances, particularly young Getty, don't quite carry the weight of the situation. It's still, however, sobering to slowly watch the school uniforms traded for war paint, and the little boys turn into little savages. --Keith Simanton

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4.0 out of 5 stars a good enough movie to watch Jan. 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I saw the movie before I read the book so here is my short review. Overall the movie was nice and sweet, a story about a group of children stranded on an uninhabited island without adult supervision who become savages and lose touch with civilization. The only three who maintain reason are Ralph (the initial leader who tries to always maintain a fire), Simon (the good pure child who suffers a tragic ending, and Piggy (the conscience of the group). The others Jack and his tribe eventually become wild and barbaric with fear of a monster and a primal urge to hunt. The good versus the evil is obviously seen in this movie. However, the symbolic pig's head, the glasses and Simon are dulled down in the movie as opposed to the book. Moreover, Ralph and Jack seem too buddy buddy at first and seem to agree to much and then all of a sudden split apart. The last scene though is the best in the movie. There is a huge fire in the island set by Jack and his tribe as they hunt down for Ralph as they would a pig. The music and the way it was filmed with slowmotion and the perspectives really shocked me and kept me with my breath caught. The ending was too short though and the acting was good. The actors who played Ralph and Jack did a superb job, especially the Ralph actor who is so damned cute and looks a lot like the kid on the cover of the book by Sir William. Simon could have received a bigger role in the movie and the kid who played Piggy was annoying at times but I truly felt bad for him when his glasses fell and he they threw that rock at him that was crazy. So watch the movie it's pretty good and then pick up the book if you haven't read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should be titled " Director's interpretation" June 20 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Seeing the 1960 version of the film actually prompted me to read the novel. Upon finishing that I thought that seeing the "modern" version would tie the package up nicely. Boy, was I wrong. Watching this version only angered me. The basic premise of the book was that these boys were alone and scared even when they tried to be as civilalized as possible. The boys in this film act as if nothing was even wrong at times. The biggest disapointment is the lost of the "fear of the beast." Reading the book (or even watching the 1960 version) you get a real feeling of fear surrounding the beast. You actually fear the beast. This film only mentions that fear in passing. Gone are the terror filled nights with the "littuns" screaming in the dark, afraid of what might be out there. Also gone is the dramtic conversation in which Simon (our "good and pure" character) meets the Lord of the Flies. This is a MAJOR part in the novel, but is only seen for about 1.5 seconds in this movie. There are other things of course which will just bother you also, the swearing, the changing of names, the changing of ages, etc... About the only thing this movie really has going for it is the beautiful slow motion scenes-the first "tribe dance" and the "hunting of ralph"- are breathtaking scenes. If anything, see the movie for that. So this movie is in color as opposed to the black and white. For this film the added color doesn't make up for its lack of content. Get the older version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CAN YOU SAY LOSS OF INNOCENCE Jan. 21 2003
lord of the flies is one of the best books ever written if not the best. The movie strangly is just as good as the book, no better no worse. Its an amazing tale of a bunch of little boys who get stranded on an island and baby THIS AINT GILIGANS ISLAND. They start out trying to act like their parents would until a plane comes to take them home but things go on for longer than they thought it would and they begin to fight and after a while tribal instincts take over and they get violent. They have a total complete loss of innocence. As a matter of fact they have a total loss of civilization (except for one or two characters, who are just trying to keep from getting killed and get home). Kids stranded on Island, kids miss home, kids forget home, kids go insane... Its one of those movies that at the end you are left wondering how the children would ever be able to live outside of mental institution walls again and you pretty much gather that the majority will be put in maximum security mental hospitals shortly after coming home because they had totally lost it and you wonder how it is broken to the parents thats children were savagly murdered by their schoolmates. Its mind trippy. It will stick with you for the rest of your life...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Americanised Flies Sept. 4 2002
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I read the novel three times in my life. Once when I was about ten, then in high school, then again as an adult. When I was ten I saw it as more an adventure story. When in high school, it was more the battle over good and evil. As an adult I read it and saw it as how man(not boys) are truly towards eachother.
Then I saw the movies(both) Even though the first movie had its flaws(Simon seeing the pig head as the lord of the flies, but in the movie the skull never seems to speek to him as it does in the book) it was a better representation of the novel.
In the American version when the boys are dancing around the fire as little savages the main detractor is what they are wearing...Boys underwear with cartoons and pictures. It made it more humorous than shocking. (humorous because many parents let thier young sons at this age walk around home in this 'form' of dress) It would have been better if they just had their wornout and ripped pants. This would have shown thier fall into savagary better, like the first movie did. The main reason is it shows they are growing out of what they had known and it is wearing and tearing away.
The Rivalry between Ralph and Jack is very different, they seem to agree too much then split apart too quickly.....no build up to the separation of the boys
The character of Simon in this version was only a very minor part. Even though the book has him learning who the real 'Beast' is.......them.
As is usual for a novel turned Movie.....READ THE BOOK
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1.0 out of 5 stars based on... what?
This movie purports to be based on William Golding's Lord of the Flies, a great piece of literature. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2012 by James Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent price, more than excellent service.
This is the perfect kit to show this film to a class of highschool students, which was it's intended purpose. Read more
Published on March 19 2011 by Canadian Shy
2.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Bugged Me To Death-
The movie of Lord Of The Flies was a cheap interpretation of the novel by William Golding. Harry Hook's idea on what some pieces of the novel were that some had no significance. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by carlos acosta
2.0 out of 5 stars A MOCKERY OF A CLASSIC BOOK
Okay, Lord of the Flies is one one the finest books the world has ever known. The 1963 version of the book is mediocre, at best. The 1990 version is an even bigger let down. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by Chris Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars do i love it ore hate it that is the ?.
I love this movie.I read the novel and than i bot it.The first time i sean the movie 1990 verson was on tv.Know i got it on dvd. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and brutal, if a little unfaithful....
...is how I would describe Harrry Hook's interpretation of William Golding's classic. This film has much more emotion than given in the book if it is a little more bloody thirsty... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Ms. Rebecca Boll
2.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for children under 13!
To reply to another user that asked if it was suitable for a 10 year old kid, I would have to say no. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2003 by "impulse_29"
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic Film
I have loved this film for years, the book as well was a fantastic read the story all around is great. Read more
Published on July 12 2003 by Dustan Dennington
4.0 out of 5 stars tell me
how much blood and stuff is in this becuse i was thinking of watching it with my 10 year old
Published on June 24 2003 by luke26
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Brilliant movie!
Utterly brilliant movie, seriously not to be missed. Just an overall a very powerful, saddening, and ulitmately rewarding movie, something to be treasured...for years to come!
Published on Dec 22 2002
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