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Lord of the Flies [1990 film] by Harry Hook
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Lord of the Flies [1990 film]

by Harry Hook (Director), Jay Presson Allen (Screenwriter)

Other authors: William Golding (Original novel)

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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 ( )
  CJMauger | Jun 20, 2007 |
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Allen, Jay PressonScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com (ISBN 0792840941, VHS Tape)

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:26:19 -0400)

Adaptation of William Golding's novel about a group of English boys who are stranded on an uninhabited island when the plane that is evacuating them from a war-threatened England crashlands. Without adult control, the boys regress to savagery.

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