Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies (1963)

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Corrected entry: When the kids are dancing near the fire, you can see that their wooden spears are not sharpened on either side. But when they kill Simon they are sharpened somehow.

Correction: I looked multiple times even in slow motion and you can't tell whether the spears are sharpened or not in that scene. Perhaps him being killed makes you assume so, but he could have died from blunt force and not from the sharp edge.

Corrected entry: This is also in the original Golding novel - Piggy is nearsighted, which is corrected with negative (diverging) lenses. A positive (converging) lens is necessary to focus sunlight. However, the boys use his glasses to make fire, but they would not work.

Correction: Of course they would - if held backwards.

Corrected entry: When the other boys drop the rock on Piggy if you watch in slow motion you can see that the rock collapses and springs back.

Correction: The rules of the site are clear. If you have to use slow motion to see it, it's not a mistake.


Corrected entry: When Simon is floating in the water after being murdered, you can (barely) see him swim away. Pretty impressive, considering that he is dead!

Correction: He's not swimming, it's the water hitting him and moving his arms.

Corrected entry: Piggy's glasses get broken, and he starts crying about them, but later on he's wearing his glasses again which some how get fixed.

Correction: Yes, he's wearing them but one of the lenses is cracked. The other lens is still intact, so he can at least see correctly out of one eye.

Corrected entry: In one scene, when Piggy and Ralph go for a walk, Piggy suggests to build a sundial because there is no watch left after the accident. Later, after Simon's death, you can see Piggy with a watch around his left wrist.

Correction: It could have been damaged or broken, especially when you consider that when this was made/written, watches were not always water-resistant.

Audio problem: When Jack says "Anyway, the conch doesn't count on this side of the island", he is clearly biting his banana and eating it, however the dialouge is heard perfectly clear, even though he is eating.


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Trivia: The attempt to make the locations look wild and uninhabited were obviously not altogether successful. Near the beginning of the movie, some boys are sitting in a sandy clearing in public-school blazers. On the right of the screen you can clearly see a tent peg with ANTONY M written on it. Also, as one of Jack's choirboy-hunters thrashes through the undergrowth, look closely and you can see that he accidentally impales an old beer can.

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Question: One of the boys, called Piggy, wears glasses. Piggy's glasses become an important, prized object, because the boys can use the lenses to refract the sun's rays, and thus start fires. It is fairly well established, that, on a hot day, in bright sunshine, one can focus the sun's rays through a magnifying glass to set light to combustible material. (I've done it myself, although it took me rather longer than the book or film suggested, and it only made a very small flame.) But could you use spectacles, that people wear to correct defective vision, to start a fire in this way? Surely, if this was possible, wouldn't it mean that when people who wear glasses went out in hot sunny weather, then they would burn their eyes?

Rob Halliday

Answer: The key factor there is the focus of the light over distance. The light coming through the glass is refracted and focused on a single point. But it's bent like a ribbon. There is a "sweet spot" so to say where you have to hold the magnifying glass or lens at just the right distance and angle from the object to focus the center point of the light on it. Typically, this means holding the glass out a good several inches or even a foot or so away from what you wish to ignite to get the focal point of the light on it. Someone wearing glasses has them pretty much right up to their face. And so the light can't reach a focal point. Also keep in mind that for focusing the light through a lens, it needs to be angled just right for the light to go through it at the optimal angle and focus. Usually this means facing the sun directly. Typically people don't look up directly at the sun, at least not for more than a second. Especially with glasses on.

Quantom X

Answer: Only convex magnifying lenses can be used to focus the sun's rays in such a way as to start a fire. A convex magnifying lens is bowed outwards on both sides. Such lenses are found in magnifying glasses, binoculars and cameras, for examples. Conventional spectacles to correct vision are convex on one side and concave (bowed inward) on the other side, and so cannot be used to start fires. If Piggy's glasses are used to start fires, then he is wearing convex magnifying lenses (which would only be useful for up-close reading purposes, and they would be utterly useless for any other vision correction) ; and, if indeed he is wearing truly convex magnifying lenses for some reason, then his retinas could certainly be damaged by even glancing at the sun.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: Lenses for nearsightedness would not work, but they could be corrected for the purpose by filling their concave areas with clear water, which would make the whole object correctly refract sunlight.


That's a reported "survival" trick (placing a drop of clear water in the center of a concave lens so as to focus the sun's rays) ; but I've never had any success with it.

Charles Austin Miller

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