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Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, 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  »

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$16,400,000 (estimated)


$95,860,116 (USA)

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Frequently shown to fraternity members during leadership seminars because of the striking similarities between the film's plot and the historical events that led to the creation of fraternal organizations at universities in the United States in the late 18th century. See more »


At the study group that night, the boys are told to leave. Todd, who was supposed to be in his room because he said he didn't want to come, gets up and leaves with them. See more »


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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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