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The Lord of the Flies (Widescreen) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Balthazar Getty is so-so (this was his first film, I think) in his performance as Ralph, but the other actors (mostly unknowns who never appeared in any other films, with good reason) fell way short. I was however, still affected by some scenes after viewing the film on Bravo a few weeks ago. It had been years since I'd seen it, and nice to view it with a different perspective. I advise "baltysgirl" below to do the same. I understand the enthusiasm for the film, but this whole story is based on something far more profound than a guy's "pretty face." If you defend its flaws and excessive foul language etc. with that much gusto and also claim to be "balty's girl", it leads others to suspect you've missed the point. Be honest with yourself. If Balty wasn't in it, would you adore it that much?
The best actor in the film I think was Badge Dale as Simon, but I am partial to the Simon character so I could be biased. I thought Chris Furrh (who was, strangely enough in a TV movie made just after this one called "Exile" -- about a group of young people stranded on a deserted island who eventually become savages complete with warpaint and spears) overacted his way through LOTF and seemed more annoying than evil.
Piggy (Daniel somebody) was annoying as well. I agree with the other reviewer who said Piggy was too blubbery and all. I just didn't really feel like the actor believed HE was on this island with this action happening.Read more ›
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This really is dirt if a cult film becayse most people picked it up after reading the novel in school. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
This is the perfect kit to show this film to a class of highschool students, which was it's intended purpose. Read morePublished on March 19 2011 by Canadian Shy
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 morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by carlos acosta
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 morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by Chris Stone
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 morePublished on Jan. 9 2004
...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 morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Ms. Rebecca Boll
To reply to another user that asked if it was suitable for a 10 year old kid, I would have to say no. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003