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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Tom Schulman (written by)
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Release Date:
9 June 1989 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He was their inspiration. He made their lives extraordinary.
Plot:
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 14 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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(276 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robin Williams ... John Keating

Robert Sean Leonard ... Neil Perry

Ethan Hawke ... Todd Anderson

Josh Charles ... Knox Overstreet
Gale Hansen ... Charlie Dalton

Dylan Kussman ... Richard Cameron

Allelon Ruggiero ... Steven Meeks

James Waterston ... Gerard Pitts

Norman Lloyd ... Mr. Nolan

Kurtwood Smith ... Mr. Perry
Carla Belver ... Mrs. Perry
Leon Pownall ... McAllister
George Martin ... Dr. Hager
Joe Aufiery ... Chemistry Teacher
Matt Carey ... Hopkins

Kevin Cooney ... Joe Danburry
Jane Moore ... Mrs. Danburry

Lara Flynn Boyle ... Ginny Danburry (scenes deleted)
Colin Irving ... Chet Danburry

Alexandra Powers ... Chris Noel

Melora Walters ... Gloria

Welker White ... Tina
Steve Mathios ... Steve
Alan Pottinger ... Bubba
Pamela Burrell ... Directing Teacher
Allison Hedges ... Actor / Fairy
Christine D'Ercole ... Titania

John Cunningham ... Mr. Anderson

Debra Mooney ... Mrs. Anderson
John Martin Bradley ... Bagpiper
Charles Lord ... Mr. Dalton
Kurt Leitner ... Lester
Richard Stites ... Stick
James J. Christy ... Spaz
Catherine Soles ... Stage Manager
Hoover Sutton ... Welton Professor

James Donnell Quinn ... Procession Alumnus
Simon Mein ... Welton Vicar
Ashton W. Richards ... Physical Education Teacher
Robert Gleason ... Father of Spaz
Bill Rowe ... Dormitory Porter
Robert J. Zigler III ... Beans
Keith Snyder ... Russell
Nicholas K. Gilhool ... Shroom
Jonas Stiklorius ... Jonas
Craig Johnson ... Dewey
Chris Hull ... Ace
Jason Woody ... Woodsie
Sam Stegeman ... Sam
Andrew Hill ... Senior Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Newton Gilchrist ... Teacher in Teacher's Room
Joel Fogel ... Professor (uncredited)

Barry Godin ... Language Teacher (uncredited)

Jamie Kennedy ... (uncredited)
Nancy Kirk ... Parent (uncredited)
James R. Stoddard ... Father (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Weir 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tom Schulman (written by)

Produced by
Steven Haft .... producer
Duncan Henderson .... associate producer
Paul Junger Witt .... producer
Tony Thomas .... producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
John Seale (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson  (as William Anderson)
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
 
Production Design by
Wendy Stites 
 
Art Direction by
Sandy Veneziano 
 
Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson  (as John Anderson)
 
Makeup Department
Susan A. Cabral .... makeup artist
Bette Iverson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Duncan Henderson .... unit production manager
David Hoberman .... executive in charge of production: Walt Disney Studios (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director
Brian Fong .... second second assistant director (as Brian T. Fong)
John Rusk .... second second assistant director
Tom Seidman .... second assistant director (as B. Thomas Seidman)
 
Art Department
Nigel A. Boucher .... lead man (as Nigel Bouchet)
Mike Carrillo .... assistant property master (as Michael Carrillo)
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master (as Stan W. Cockerell)
Albert B. Cooper IV .... carpenter
Dale Covey .... greens foreman
Cal DiValerio .... construction coordinator
Louis S. Fleming .... property master
George Fouche .... construction foreman (as George C. Fouche)
Hank Giardina .... stand-by painter
Charles R. Lipscomb .... lead man (as Chuck Lipscomb)
Louis M. Mann .... assistant art director
Carleton E. Reynolds .... set designer
Alex Scutti Jr. .... cave constructor (as Alexander Scutti Jr.)
William Boyd .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Bruce Di Valerio .... general construction foreman (uncredited)
Thomas J. Healy IV .... property assistant (uncredited)
David J. Negron Jr. .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.J. Appel .... supervising adr editor (as CJ Appel)
Luis Colina .... assistant adr editor
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank E. Eulner .... assistant sound effects editor (as Frank Eulner)
Tina Fallani .... foley assistant
Robert Grahamjones .... re-sync (as Robert Graham Jones)
Polly Holmes .... assistant dialogue editor (as Polly S. Holmes)
Phil Judd .... sound re-recordist: Australia
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Kohut)
Ann Kroeber .... sound effects editor
Mary Helen Leasman .... foley editor
Robin Lee .... foley assistant
Robert Marty .... re-sync (as Bob Marty)
Barbara McBane .... dialogue editor
Marilyn McCoppen .... adr editor
Paul Murphey .... cable person
Martha Pike .... assistant dialogue editor
E. Jeane Putnam .... assistant dialogue editor
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Shoup .... foley editor
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Karen Spangenberg .... supervising dialogue editor
Alan Splet .... supervising sound editor
Peter Townend .... sound editor: Australia
John Verbeck .... sound effects editor
Jeff Watts .... supervising foley editor
Gordon Webb .... boom operator
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... assistant dialogue editor (as Gwendolyn Yates)
Kristen Gerstner .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Allen Hall .... special effects coordinator
Gary L. Karas .... special effects foreman
John S. Baker .... special effects (uncredited)
Albert Delgado .... special effects (uncredited)
Nancy Kirk .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian W. Armstrong .... first assistant camera
Chuck Brown .... best boy grip (as Charles Brown)
François Duhamel .... still photographer
John J. Ellingwood .... second assistant camera
Norman Harris .... chief lighting technician
Ron Kenyon .... best boy electric
Robin P. Knight .... key grip (as Robin Knight)
Robert McCarthy .... rigging gaffer (as Robo McCarthy)
David L. Merrill .... dolly grip (as David I. Merrill)
Thomas Miligan .... second assistant camera (as Thomas E. Miligan)
Howard Rose .... first assistant camera
Stephen G. Shank .... camera operator (as Stephen Shank)
Michael Leonard .... assistant Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Bill Martone .... background artist (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Elina deSantos .... casting: Delaware
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... location casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eddie Marks .... costume supervisor
Marilyn Matthews .... set costumer
Anthony J. Scarano .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Kathy Fenton .... assistant editor: Australia
Lee Grubin .... apprentice editor
Gillian L. Hutshing .... assistant film editor
Louise Innes .... associate editor: Australia
Armen Minasian .... first assistant film editor
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly .... additional film editor (as Priscilla Nedd)
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
Lee Smith .... additional film editor
Kimberly Walls .... apprentice editor: Australia
Noelleen Westcombe .... assistant editor: Australia
Deborah Zeitman .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... supervising music editor
Patricia Carlin .... assistant music editor
Joel Moss .... music mixer
Joel Moss .... music recordist
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Jack Bowden Faulkner .... musician: organ (uncredited)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Walt Freitas .... transportation captain (as Walter Freitas)
Russell McEntyre .... transportation coordinator
Wayne Stone .... transportation captain
Nancy Kirk .... picture car assistant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lori A. Balton .... assistant production coordinator (as Lori Balton)
Lisa Birnbach .... technical advisor
Katharine Ann Curtiss .... production coordinator
Leigh Feitelberg .... production assistant
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Marlene Fuentes .... assistant: Mr. Thomas
Jay Gibson .... production assistant
Robert Gonzales .... first assistant accountant
T.J. Healy II .... location liaison (as T.J. Healy)
Tracy L. Kettler .... assistant to producer
Yvonne Kingon .... assistant: Mr. Haft
Daniel S. Kudart .... production assistant
Michael John Meehan .... location manager (as Michael J. Meehan)
Julie Offer .... location projectionist (as Julie Karen Offer)
Tom C. Peitzman .... assistant production coordinator
Kim Roth .... assistant: Mr. Witt
Jacqueline A. Shea .... assistant to producer
George Sheanshang .... production consultant (as George Sheanshang Esq.)
Lauren Beth Strogoff .... unit publicist
Allen E. Taylor .... production accountant
Neal Thompson .... title designer
Jack Tice .... studio teacher
Plummy Tucker .... location liaison
Andy Weltman .... assistant: Mr. Weir
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
Marsha Garces Williams .... assistant: Mr. Williams (as Marsha Garces)
 
Thanks
Charles Harrington .... thanks
Derin Seale .... thanks
Wally Williams .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
128 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The boy in the movie who says the line "The cat sat on a mat" was a St. Andrew's student at the time. He earned more than his teachers that year.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The literature anthology, "Literature: Reading, Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay", edited by Robert DiYanni, was published by Random House in 1986.See more »
Quotes:
[the students are climbing onto Keating's desk to see a new perspective]
John Keating:Now, don't just walk off the edge like lemmings! Look around you!
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Soundtrack:
Water Music, Suite III in DSee more »

FAQ

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206 out of 237 people found the following review useful.
Carpe Diem, because the days don't stand still, 4 February 2005
Author: blissfulmitch from United States

First of all, this is movie is my all-time favorite, out of all the hundreds of films I have seen. However, every time I mention this film, I have to answer most people's quizzical looks with "It's a beautiful little 80s film that stayed in the 80s." After seeing it for the 24th time since I first saw it 5 years ago, on my 13th birthday, I can gladly say that this movie went far and beyond the 80s, and the power and inspiration of the message can be felt every day.

Dead Poets Society is a most underrated film by a most underrated director whose inspiring, uplifting and moral tales firmly grounded in reality are not nearly as appreciated as they should be. Here, we see one of his very personal and cradled projects, and he shows the visual style and concentration on characters in which he is so affluent. His control of the camera and the characters are very strong and very smooth. The cinematography is near perfect, with every shot, along with the editing, seamless. Also very compelling are the color-tones in every scene, perfectly matching the mood and events of the scene. Could you say this is art? Absolutely.

Then we have the performances. Robin Williams continues in stride as one who has to-date remained the most touching, heart-wrenching, awe-inspiring comedians with inarguable acting talent (he still remains my most favorite performer on the film screen). His Professor John Keating is a man who embodies every professor who you thought was cool and respectable, every person who taught or enlightened you in something out of the ordinary. In fact - dare I say it? - he teaches something EXTRAORDINARY! We have the tragically underrated Robert Sean Leonard in his role as the free-thinking catalyst student Neil. Why is this man not a household name/Hollywood heavyweight? His roles are always full of inspiration, energy, and tragic emotion that never fail to move an audience. His role in this movie is fresh, unhindered, and never pretentious as the cautionary tale of the movie. And then we have Ethan Hawke in one of his earliest roles as the point-of-view character. The entire supporting cast is very strong, also, providing the foundation and serve as the various emotional ties that further involve us in the story. Josh Charles's role as Knox Overstreet is a role that almost all guys can relate to wholeheartedly. And of course, all the actors who are in that Dead Poets Society do a fine job.

And lastly, the story. I won't summarize it since it's been summarized many times here, but I will say that it is one of the best coming of age stories for not only adolescents, but anyone. I have personally heard from nine-to-fivers who were inspired by this movie to change the situations of their jobs, careers, relationships for the better. I first saw this movie when I was 13, and immediately stamped, crowned and elevated this movie as my all-time favorite. Now that I am 18 and living on my own, with very different concerns than back then, I turn back to this movie over and over again, to find inspiration, solace and of course, entertainment. It is still my all-time favorite, and it still inspires me to seize the day and make my life extraordinary.

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