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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 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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Der Club der toten Dichter  »

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$16,400,000 (estimated)

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$340,456 (USA) (4 June 1989)

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$95,860,116 (USA)
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The part of John Keating was once intended for Dustin Hoffman. The film was also going to be Hoffman's directorial debut before Hoffman withdrew from the film. See more »

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When Neil is reading from the introduction to the poetry book, and Mr. Keating is drawing the diagram on the board, Cameron starts to copy the diagram down in his notebook. Cameron draws and shades in the boxes on his notes before Mr. Keating ever draws them on the board. See more »

Quotes

Hopkins: [reading his poem] "The cat sat on the mat".
John Keating: Congratulations, Mr. Hopkins. You have the first poem to ever have a negative score on the Pritchard scale.
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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 »

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Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73 'Emperor'
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Wilhelm Kempff
With The Berliner Philharmoniker (as Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Ferdinand Leitner
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
A Division of PolyGram Classics
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Impressive.
5 April 2003 | by (The Hague, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I'm impressed. It was an all around good film. Perhaps I'm biased - Robert Frost's poem, A Road Not Taken, was quoted - yet so many other things were as well.

It's not about poetry. It's about how you look at the world. How you look, how others look... how you think, how you feel... and a warning to never, ever become conformist (though being conformist about walking is perhaps slightly exaggerated). Never become conformist - always make up your own mind.

I liked the music, as well. The bag pipes give a certain special touch.

I gave it an 8/10 - a high score for me.


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