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Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  9 June 1989 (USA)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to discover their love for poetry and seize the day.



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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, 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.




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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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Ethan Hawke's first impression of Peter Weir was that he "spoke funny". Weir was the first Australian that the young Hawke had ever met. See more »


At meal time, when Mr. McAllister is talking to Mr. Keating, they are holding a tray. After exchanging them, when the camera does a close shot on Mr. McAllister, he doesn't seem to hold the tray anymore. See more »


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this movie is the greatest movie, with excellent cinematic techniques.
19 March 2001 | by (Oxnard, CA) – See all my reviews

The film Dead Poets Society is a film that explores the idea of "Carpe Diem" (seize the day) from the viewpoint of a classroom of young men at an all boys boarding school. Their teacher Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams)helps them stretch their minds, and exercise their right to defiant acts of love for life and poetry, rebuttlng society. The director Peter Weir treats you with eye candy by using various camera shots of beautiful scenary, and neat techniques. Weir takes you on a roller coaster that leaves you gripping your seat, enjoying life, and thinking "Carpe Diem" in your own life. There are some very depressing scenes, but they are very artful, and teach you of appreciation for those brave members of society that dare stand up for their beliefs, and rights to wrestling around with life. I thought Ethan Hawke (Todd Anderson) gave a true life twist to the film, Robin Williams (Mr. Keating or also known as Captain my captain) added an element of excitement, and Robert Sean Leonard (Neil Perry)added passion that leaves you mesmerized. I just saw this film in English class, but I immediatly fell in love with it, as I know you will.

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