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Dead Poets Society (1989)

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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

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Peter Weir

Writer:

Tom Schulman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... John Keating
Robert Sean Leonard ... Neil Perry
Ethan Hawke ... Todd Anderson
Josh Charles ... Knox Overstreet
Gale Hansen Gale Hansen ... Charlie Dalton
Dylan Kussman ... Richard Cameron
Allelon Ruggiero ... Steven Meeks
James Waterston ... Gerard Pitts
Norman Lloyd ... Mr. Nolan
Kurtwood Smith ... Mr. Perry
Carla Belver Carla Belver ... Mrs. Perry
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ... McAllister
George Martin ... Dr. Hager
Joe Aufiery Joe Aufiery ... Chemistry Teacher
Matt Carey Matt Carey ... Hopkins
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Storyline

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate, Neil Perry, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each does so in his own way, and is changed for life. Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>

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He was their inspiration. He made their lives extraordinary.

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Comedy | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

9 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sociedad de los poetas muertos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$340,456, 4 June 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,860,116

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (laserdisc)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The map the boys are looking at when they are planning their first Dead Poets Society Meeting is actually a contour map of the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park Service) and the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in 1959, the tune played by the lone bagpiper by the lake is "The Fields of Athenry." This tune, though considered a classic Irish folk tune, was only written in 1979. See more »

Quotes

Todd Anderson: You want me out? Fine, I'm out.
Neil Perry: No, I want you in, but being in means you have to do something. Not just saying you're in.
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Alternate Versions

TV version shown on USA Network (and released on laserdisc) includes 14 minutes of extra footage not included in the original theatrical release. See more »

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Soundtracks

'Water Music': Suite III in D 'Allegro'
Music by George Frideric Handel
Performed by Stuttgarter Kammerorchester (as The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra)
Conducted by Karl Münchinger
Courtesy of London Records
A Division of PolyGram Classics
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this movie is the greatest movie, with excellent cinematic techniques.
19 March 2001 | by jchckidSee all my reviews

The film Dead Poets Society is a film that explores the idea of "Carpe Diem" (seize the day) from the viewpoint of a classroom of young men at an all boys boarding school. Their teacher Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams)helps them stretch their minds, and exercise their right to defiant acts of love for life and poetry, rebuttlng society. The director Peter Weir treats you with eye candy by using various camera shots of beautiful scenary, and neat techniques. Weir takes you on a roller coaster that leaves you gripping your seat, enjoying life, and thinking "Carpe Diem" in your own life. There are some very depressing scenes, but they are very artful, and teach you of appreciation for those brave members of society that dare stand up for their beliefs, and rights to wrestling around with life. I thought Ethan Hawke (Todd Anderson) gave a true life twist to the film, Robin Williams (Mr. Keating or also known as Captain my captain) added an element of excitement, and Robert Sean Leonard (Neil Perry)added passion that leaves you mesmerized. I just saw this film in English class, but I immediatly fell in love with it, as I know you will.


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