Lord of the Flies

MGM Released 1963


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Lord of the Flies is a 1990 American film adaptation of the revered classic novel Lord of the Flies written by William Golding. The film is about a plane full of military school cadets that crash lands in the ocean just off shore of a deserted tropical island. Most of the boys and the pilot of the plain (Michael Greene) survive the crash and make it to shore. The pilot is clinging to life and delirious leaving the boys to fin a way to survive. Ralph (Balthazar Getty) and Jack (Chris Furrh) emerge as the two senior leaders of the cadets. Using their age and the power of a conch shell, they appoint themselves in charge, but the tension between the boys grows quickly. Ralph believes they will be rescued and pushes for order and constructive plans for escape while Jack doesn't think anyone is coming for them and so they should all cut loose and assimilate into savage island lifestyle. The boys split into two groups over their differences when the pilot is killed by accident on a hunting mission. The two groups grow fierce anger towards one another and result to violence to squash it, but as time goes on more and more boys decide to side with Jack and his wild group of hunters. When Ralph becomes the only sane one left, Jack and his clan try to flush him out by burning down the jungle. While fleeing to the beach, Ralph runs into a Marine Corps Officer (Bob Peck) and the boys are all rescued. The film is a frightening glimpse into the realities of losing all hope and turning to your primal self.moreless

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fight for survival, isolation from society, no parental guidance, fat kids, issues with authority