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Dead Poets Society (1989)

 -  Drama  -  9 June 1989 (USA)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to 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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9 June 1989 (USA)  »

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La sociedad de los poetas muertos  »

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$16,400,000 (estimated)

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$95,860,116 (USA)
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When the students are reading the preface of their English books, Cameron is seen drawing and shading the first graph Mr. Keating draws, before he's drawn it on the board. See more »

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John Keating: This is a battle, a war, and the casualties could be your hearts and souls.
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Poetry on the screen
28 March 2000 | by (Ithaca, NY) – See all my reviews

Not only will this movie touch your heart and bring tears, it will inspire you to be a better teacher to others and to follow your dreams no matter what the boundaries may be. It is truly poetry on the screen... a great story and a touching social commentary on humanity and life's greatest challenges. If you haven't seen it yet, rent it now. It has taken my love of poetry to an entirely new level!


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