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Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 9 June 1989 (USA)
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.



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Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, 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, in their own way, does this, and are 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.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

9 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Club der toten Dichter  »

Box Office


$16,400,000 (estimated)


$95,860,116 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The poem Charlie has copied some lines on the centerfold of Elaine Reynolds, Miss October 1959 is from Abraham Cowley's poem "The Prophet". See more »


The desk set given to Todd is packaged in shrink-wrap, invented in the 1970s. See more »


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Referenced in The Great Defender: Def Poets Society (1995) See more »


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Poetry on the screen
28 March 2000 | by (Ithaca, NY) – See all my reviews

Not only will this movie touch your heart and bring tears, it will inspire you to be a better teacher to others and to follow your dreams no matter what the boundaries may be. It is truly poetry on the screen... a great story and a touching social commentary on humanity and life's greatest challenges. If you haven't seen it yet, rent it now. It has taken my love of poetry to an entirely new level!

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