Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil, 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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Norman Lloyd was most surprised to discover that he was expected to audition for the film. Initially, he refused. He said that he'd just finished six years of St. Elsewhere (1982) and that the producers should use that. He was told that Peter Weir was on location and had never seen Lloyd's TV series, so Lloyd finally acquiesced. See more »
At the studying group scene, Neil is wearing glasses. After Knox's arrival, there is no more trace of Neil's glasses. See more »
[quoting Henry David Thoreau]
"I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."
I'll second that.
"To put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived."
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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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