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Lord of the Flies (1963) DVD

Peter Brook, 1963


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Film Details

Directed by Peter Brook

Produced in 1963

Main Language - ENGLISH

Countries & Regions - British Film


Hugh Edwards, James Aubrey, James Chapin


Classic Drama MoviesClassic Family FilmsClassic British Film

MovieMail's Review

Peter Brooks' 1963 adaptation of William Golding's classic debut novel, Lord of the Flies, is still, quite rightly, regarded as the definitive take on the novel. Opening with a title sequence that seeks to place the familiar story of the children shipwrecked upon a tropical island within a context of global conflict, Brooks goes on to play it relatively straight, adapting the book pretty much key scene for key scene. His great skill, then, comes in making a story that is probably familiar to everyone watching immediate, compelling and visually arresting. The fresh-faced children help (most of the boys had not appeared in a film before and with the exception of perhaps only James Aubrey, most would never appear in anything again) as do cinematographers Gerald Feil and Tom Hollyman who, similarly, had not worked on a film prior to Lord of the Flies and learned their stock in trade as they went along. All told, Lord of the Flies has stood the test of time well and stands head and shoulders above the inferior 1990 remake.

Peter Wild on 12th July 2007
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Film Description

Following a plane crash, a group of schoolboys find themselves on a deserted island. For the sake of their survival, they appoint a leader and attempt to create an organised society, but democracy and order soon begin to crumble when a breakaway faction forms and quickly regresses to brutal savagery with horrifying consequences. At times idyllic, at others nightmarish, this adaptation of the brilliant William Golding novel is shot with a raw style and still retains the power to shock. It was given an ‘X’ certificate on its 1963 release.

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: Second Sight

Length: 87 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 23rd July 2007

Cat No: 2NDVD3121

DVD Extras

  • Feature commentary by director, producer, director of photography and cameraman/editor.

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by Barry Forshaw on 9th October 2002

William Golding's novel is one of the great glories of English literature: a cold-eyed, utterly compelling picture of the savagery that lurks beneath the surface of ou... Read on

by Anon on 26th July 2001

Rejecting Rousseau's notion of man at one with nature, the film suggests that society is, at best, a flimsy set of rules, which will be rejected, or replaced with some... Read on


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