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Filmed on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, the Lord of the Flies movie (1962), caused great turmoil back then both for the storyline and the nakedness of its child actors. 

Based on the novel by the same name by William Golding, an English schoolmaster, the story concerns a group of schoolboys whose plane crashes on a tropical island while they are being evacuated from London during a raging war.


Lord of the Flies was given an X rating (for child nudity and violence) in the United Kingdom, so none of its British stars could see it when it was released.



Why Vieques?

Director Peter Brook and co-producer Lewis Allen spent four months scouring the Caribbean for "the" location. "It was a question of logistics," said Brook. "Where else could we find virgin beaches, mountain areas, and dense vegetation, all close enough together to make it practical to shuttle thirty-three boys without distraction or interference?"



Seeking "proper" British accents, Brook and Allen interviewed some 4,000 boys in New York, Washington, and Puerto Rico. For the thirty-three chosen ages 6 to 12, it was a veritable ten-week summer camp in the tropics with lots of sports and games when not on set with Mr. Brook. Cooks, counselors and a registered nurse were included in the company.


The cast at Idewild Airport, NY, before boarding Pan Am flight to Puerto Rico. A chess match on the beach between takes.


In addition to shooting on Vieques, sequences were filmed in the caves of Arecibo and El Yunque rain forest, both in Puerto Rico.


At the time of Lord of the Flies filming, producers seeking tax-free deals through Puerto Rico's Economic Development Administration, chose the island for their movies. Puerto Rico is still an attractive location for film crews. Major studios send teams to Puerto Rico for location sequences.


Recent Films shot in Puerto Rico

22 Jump Street with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill,

Amistad by Stephen Spielberg 

Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp.




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  • Posted On June 30, 2019 by Joseph Ross Mayhew

    Back then, nudity was pretty standard for young boys – people hardly thought a thing about it, and at most YMCAs, swimming was still mostly without bathing suits. In Europe, this easy-going attitude towards the human body still exists – in fact one can hike many places in Europe without a stitch of clothing and not garner much of a second glance from the natives. However, in North America the clock keeps getting wound back to Victorian era attitudes towards folks being the way God made them, in any setting except bedrooms and private bathrooms… and due to the ever-escalating hysteria about “stranger danger” and predatory pedophile strangers (COMPLETELY ignoring that about 95% of all sexual molestation takes place either within the family or from people who are well known to the family…..strangers are insanely less dangerous than uncles or older cousins!!) even contextual nudity for anyone under 18, is considered an almost complete no-no: parents are routinely hassled from all sides, for example, for sharing absolutely innocent photos of their own children in their natural state. The entire crew of the original Lord of the Rings movie (which is SOOOO much truer to the book than the modern 2 bombs made using it as inspiration, and so very much superior) would be thrown into prison today if they both permitted and filmed nudity involving boys (off-set, many of the children spent considerable time in a “clothing optional” condition), but back then it was simply considered a normal, natural thing by most folks and nearly all authorities outside of a church setting.

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