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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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Comedy | Drama

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Der Club der toten Dichter  »

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$16,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$95,860,116 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To guide his lead actor Robin Williams, Peter Weir called the character "Robin Keating," as he wanted the scripted character to be "shaded with 15 percent of Williams' own off-the-cuff dialogue." See more »

Goofs

The first meeting of the Dead Poets Society in the cave is at night but there is light through the hole in the ceiling. See more »

Quotes

Todd Anderson: Keating said that everybody took turns reading and I don't wanna do that.
Neil Perry: Gosh, you really have a problem with that, don't you?
Todd Anderson: N-No, I don't have a problem, Neil. I just... I don't wanna do it, okay?
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Crazy Credits

(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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Referenced in Family Guy: Viewer Mail #2 (2012) See more »

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Let's Have a Party
Written by Jessie Mae Robinson
Performed by Wanda Jackson
Courtesy of CEMA Special Markets (Capitol Records, Inc.)
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17 June 2001 | by (NFLD) – See all my reviews

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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