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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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Storyline

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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Also Known As:

Der Club der toten Dichter  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$340,456, 4 June 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,860,116

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Peter Weir attended The Scots College, a private boys school in Sydney. The uniforms, discipline and overall feel of the school translated into many of the film's scenes. In 1994, a stage production of the film, the first in the world authorized by Touchstone Pictures, was put on by the school. Peter Weir attended the opening night and spoke about the making of the film. See more »

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When Keating is talking to his class about Shakespeare, McBeth and other poets, there is a close shot of one of the boys laughing. You can plainly see that the boys braces on his teeth are the more modern type where the bracket for the wire is glued to the outside of the tooth. In 1959, this had not been invented yet and kids wearing braces on their teeth would have had metal bands that were cemented to the whole tooth, covering it almost completely. The wire bracket would have been on the outward facing side of the band to support the wire for the straightening of the teeth. The newer version of the bracket being stuck only to the exterior side of the tooth would not have been developed for another 20 years. See more »

Quotes

Steven Meeks: Me and Pitts are working on a hi-fi system. It shouldn't be that hard to, uh, to put together.
Gerard Pitts: Yeah... Uh, I might be going to Yale... Uh, but I might not.
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Referenced in The Last Detective: The Dead Peasants Society (2007) See more »

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A terrific film
17 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

There's so much good about this movie. The first time I saw it I watched it solely for plot and I loved it. Now I've seen it again and watched Peter Weir's filming and timing which is also great. Robin Williams is a terrific actor when he's serious. He proved it in Good Will Hunting but he proved it first here. If you liked that movie and your liking it had something to do with Williams than you will like this one. The plot is about a number of students who are taught by Williams about life. They are taught how to enjoy themselves. This ends up causing great controversy among the heads of the school. The students are terrific and even the dialogue is great. This is a movie that I can't imagine anyone not liking. It is good in every way.


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