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Posted: 10/26/2013 4:07:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2013 4:24:02 PM EST by ThePontificator]
Somone recently posted a YT link to this short film. I remember watching this in English class back in high school ('76). It was every bit as unsettling and probably even more so than the first time I watched it 37 years ago.

How many of you have seen this short film? How many of viewed it in school?

(From Wikipedia)

Details of contemporary small town American life are contrasted with an annual ritual known as "the lottery." In a small village of about 300 residents, the locals are in an excited yet nervous mood on June 27. Children gather stones as the adult townsfolk assemble for their annual event, that in the local tradition has been practiced to ensure a good harvest (one character quotes an old proverb: "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon"), though there are some rumors that nearby communities are talking of "giving up the lottery."

In the first round of the lottery, the head of each family draws a small slip of paper from a black box; Bill Hutchinson gets the one slip with a black spot, meaning that his family has been chosen. In the next round, each Hutchinson family member draws a slip, and Bill's wife Tessie gets the marked slip. In keeping with tradition, each villager obtains a stone and begins to surround Tessie. The story ends as Tessie is stoned to death while she bemoans the unfairness of the situation.


You can read and download the story here:

http://sites.middlebury.edu/individualandthesociety/files/2010/09/jackson_lottery.pdf

You can watch it on Youtube here:



And watch the second half here:



As well as the post-film discussion:



The film features a 20 year-old Ed Begley, Jr. in one of his first film roles.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:09:36 PM EST
I remember a short story similar to this, but they paddled their chosen "winner" out into the bad and sank them with an old engine block


mob rule is creepy
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:09:37 PM EST
Read the story when I was younger never saw the film.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:09:59 PM EST
Saw it in the same thread, never read it/ never watched it before that. (HS class of 2000)
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:10:19 PM EST
We did it for a one-act play competition when I was in high school.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:11:34 PM EST
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Read the story, I ve never seen the video
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:11:35 PM EST
Read it in HS, circa 1980.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:12:05 PM EST
I've read it. Good story.

The most interesting thing about it is how it functions as a Rorschach test. Everybody thinks it's an allegory warning against 'those other guys'.

Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:17:33 PM EST
Never heard of it before earlier today when someone posted a link. I graduated in 1976. With all the new age crap that they were cramming down our throats, I'm surprised I wasn't
subjected to it.
Creepy, never the less.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:19:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2013 4:26:31 PM EST by phurba]


There's also a South Park episode that references it (when they kill Britney Spears).

ETA: Pack of young fools!

For the week after we watched that in school everybody kept repeating that
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:21:51 PM EST
One of the most disturbing short films I've ever seen, even thought some douche bag let slip the ending just before we watched it in college Comp. 1. When my children are old enough, it will be required reading/watching.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:37:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Fugitive:
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You're an old fucker!

1979 grad
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:29:13 PM EST
I thought it was a Stephen King story.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:35:59 PM EST
We read The Lottery during Junior English class in high school.

I like it.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:37:39 PM EST
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Originally Posted By lichter50:
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Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:46:00 PM EST
Bill Hutchinson rigged the drawing.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:55:49 PM EST
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Originally Posted By feudist:

You're an old fucker!

1979 grad
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Originally Posted By feudist:
Originally Posted By Fugitive:
Read it in HS, circa 1980.

You're an old fucker!

1979 grad
You kids...



<class of '78>
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:00:50 PM EST
I saw it in school at some point.

Decades later it still creeps me out.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:41:38 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Bud:
We read The Lottery during Junior English class in high school.

I like it.
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Yup read it in high school as well. Had no idea there was a cool movie to watch. I feel cheated now.


Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:07:35 PM EST
Hunger Games?
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:12:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By grondike:
You kids...

https://talesfromthedarkroastside.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/get-off-my-lawn.jpg

<class of '78>
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Originally Posted By grondike:
Originally Posted By feudist:
Originally Posted By Fugitive:
Read it in HS, circa 1980.

You're an old fucker!

1979 grad
You kids...

https://talesfromthedarkroastside.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/get-off-my-lawn.jpg

<class of '78>



Haha

Class of 73
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:15:31 PM EST
Read it in HA and college. Saw the film twice in college.
Not a bad piece of literature though...wrote 2 final exam essays and a literary analysis over it.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:37:48 PM EST
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Just read and discussed in my college class.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:41:48 PM EST
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Nice catch!
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:56:14 PM EST
I remember seeing it in Jr. High along with An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

Link Posted: 10/26/2013 8:02:21 PM EST
I thought the short story was predictable, hackneyed, and terrible. Maybe that's because I was raised on Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, but when I was forced to read it, I thought the characters were ridiculous and the plot was paper thin.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 8:12:19 PM EST
Read it in highschool,in 1985 and then we watched the film.

Good story, even better now.
South Park did a parody of it with Brittiny Spears.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 8:18:44 PM EST
Saw something similar in "fallout New Vegas".

Humans in groups are scary creatures.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 9:31:47 PM EST
Read it in high school. Class of '97! Never heard of the movie before now.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 10:39:13 PM EST
I remember seeing that flick. And reading the story in school as well. It is a twisted story, IIRC.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 3:10:15 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 1387Delta:
I remember seeing it in Jr. High along with An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

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English Lit professors are cut from the same cloth. We also read and watched An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, a few weeks after The Lottery. I wonder sometimes what my Lit Profs were trying to do to us...
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 4:23:47 AM EST
Disturbing
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 4:27:36 AM EST
Yeah, twice in school in the 80s. Pretty standard in curriculums back then
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 4:36:11 AM EST
I remember reading this in Jr. high, had forgotten about it until now.

I better remember in the same class reading The Most Dangerous Game
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 4:37:53 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Spartanatheart:
Saw something similar in "fallout New Vegas".

Humans in groups are scary creatures.
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Dispersion of accountability. Hangings, riots, gangs, legal authority criminal actions, bad behavior after natural disasters...a lot of justification and/ or lack of responsibility going on in people's minds.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 4:55:52 AM EST
I seem to remeber another version where they pulled white and black stones out of a pouch. Thanks for finding them i gave up looking aftwr i watched the one in the other thread.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 4:59:18 AM EST
We watched that in school when I was in 4th or 5th grade!
It half freaked me out at the time!
Fabulous film!
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 5:05:16 AM EST
Good one. Also take a look at The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.


In the story, Omelas is a utopian city of happiness and delight, whose inhabitants are intelligent and cultured. Everything about Omelas is pleasing, except for the city's one atrocity: the good fortune of Omelas requires that a single unfortunate child be kept in perpetual filth, darkness and misery, and that all her citizens should be told of this upon coming of age.

After being exposed to the truth, most of the people of Omelas are initially shocked and disgusted, but are ultimately able to come to terms with the fact and resolve to live their lives in such a manner as to make the suffering of the unfortunate child worth it. However, a few of the citizens, young and old, silently walk away from the city, and no one knows where they go. The story ends with "The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas."
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Link Posted: 10/27/2013 5:08:29 AM EST
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That was "The Long Walk."

This is a theme that has been redone over and over again since "The Lottery." See Hunger Games.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 6:27:06 AM EST
I saw that years ago. Fascinating film. My dad warned me about the danger of mob mentality when I was a kid.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 6:37:55 AM EST
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Originally Posted By NormallyAspirated2:
Read the story when I was younger never saw the film.
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Link Posted: 10/27/2013 6:47:01 AM EST
I don't believe I was aware of the story at all until I saw it in that same thread the other day.

High school class of '87
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 6:48:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Fugitive:
Read it in HS, circa 1980.
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Same here, ~1983.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 6:49:04 AM EST
Class of 94

I've never heard of it until I watched this Marilyn Manson video, then I read the story but never knew there was a film until now

Link Posted: 10/27/2013 6:50:38 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Whatguns:
I seem to remeber another version where they pulled white and black stones out of a pouch. Thanks for finding them i gave up looking aftwr i watched the one in the other thread.
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That version was in the TV series "Spartacus". Crassus punished his troops for cowardice by invoking decimation, where 10% of the group being punished were chosen by lottery, and then beat to death by their fellow Soldiers.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 6:51:08 AM EST
I remember reading the short story in school, but never saw the video.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 6:54:21 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 7:00:45 AM EST
It sounds like that offered up what we were to gather from "Lord of the Flies." Class of '71.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 7:01:10 AM EST
Never read it, but then we grew up on "The Twilight Zone" re-runs like "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"...
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 7:15:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By MMcfpd:
It sounds like that offered up what we were to gather from "Lord of the Flies." Class of '71.
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Never read or saw this one, but we did do Lord of the Flies. '92.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 7:18:55 AM EST
Screw the movie, read the short story. In my high school English class, we read books.
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