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
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Upon the death of Robin WIlliams in 2014, the famous line "O Captain! My Captain!" was used by many media outlets in his obituaries. See more »
After Keating instructs the boys to rip out the introduction to their poetry textbook, his lip movements do not match the speech. See more »
[Keating stands on his desk]
Why do I stand up here? Anybody?
To feel taller!
[dings a bell with his foot]
Thank you for playing, Mr. Dalton. I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.
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(Foreshadowing) In the scene in the hall where Keating speaks of Carpe Diem; he tells the boys that one day each of them will "..stop breathing, turn cold and die". When he says this line, Robert Shawn Leonard's character is in frame. This predicts his death. See more »
Dead Poets Society is a thoroughly moving, and inspiring film from Peter Weir, who is definitely one of the most under rated directors around. This movie is in the same vein as "A Separate Peace", in the sense of setting, and in the general coming of age story line. The basic message is to "suck the marrow out of life", as the passage for the society reads, or to live every moment to the fullest. It is inspiring and uplifting for the first hour and 15 minutes or so, before changing stride altogether to a somewhat depressing but remarkable conclusion. This is a must see.
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