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Dead Poets Society -- Academy Award(R) winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1997) stars as a teacher who inspires his students to live their lives to the fullest and "Carpe Diem." But when tragedy strikes, his lessons are put to the test.
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Writer (WGA):
Tom Schulman (written by)
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9 June 1989 (USA) See more »
He was their inspiration. He made their lives extraordinary.
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to discover their love for poetry and seize the day. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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)

Kate Kearney-Patch ... Mother in Opening Scene (uncredited)

Jamie Kennedy ... (uncredited)
Nancy Kirk ... Parent (uncredited)
James R. Stoddard ... Father (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Weir 
Writing credits
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
Dee Manges .... makeup artist (uncredited)
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)
Dan Sharp .... sound re-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)
Rob 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 .... additional steadicam assistant (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)
Tom Boyd .... 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)
Charles Harrington .... thanks
Derin Seale .... thanks
Wally Williams .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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128 min
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Although this never actually cracked the number one spot at the box office, it still grossed $96 million domestically and over $235 million worldwide.See more »
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 »
Meeks:Me and Pitts are working on a hi-fi system. It shouldn't be that hard to, uh, to put together.
Pitts:Yeah... Uh, I might be going to Yale... Uh, but I might not.
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97 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
A masterful tribute to teaching at its best, 3 March 2006
Author: roghache from Canada

Dead Poets Society is, to use a cliché, a cinematic masterpiece. I can watch it over and over, absorbing more nuances of meaning every time. As a former teacher myself (albeit of science), I view it as a tribute to the profession at its best...teaching not merely the subject but also the person, and having a lifelong impact on students' lives.

The setting is Weldon Academy, a very traditional New England boys' prep school in 1959. If I can find one flaw with the movie...and there certainly aren't's the underlying premise that seems to worship free thought and implies that ALL tradition is of necessity undesirable and thus to be avoided. Frankly, compared to modern classrooms which are bastions of free expression, I found the Weldon students' respectful treatment of their teachers rather refreshing. (But perhaps that's just the ex-teacher in me coming out!) Some of Weldon's ideals, generally referred to in mocking tones, are actually qualities to which parents rightfully DO hope their offspring will aspire.

Robin Williams plays Mr. Keating, the English teacher we all wish we'd had. He brings warmth, passion, and an endearing quiet humor to the role as he fosters individualism in a school environment of total conformity, endeavoring to teach these young men both the beauty of the English language and the importance of living life to the full, of "seizing the day". How many of us mentally revolted at the dissection of poetry when we were in school? Many a viewer will both chortle and rejoice when Mr. Keating has his class rip out the methodical, emotionless "Introduction to Poetry" from the time honored Pritchard textbook!

The "Dead Poets Society", and the boys on which Mr. Keating has such a profound impact, include an interesting mix of characters...Neil Perry (the passionate young man at odds with his father's clearly defined expectations for his son's life), Todd Anderson (the classic shy adolescent, through whose eyes we view the unfolding drama), Charlie Dalton (the quintessential rebel), Knox Overstreet (the teen with whom most viewers can identify, deep in the throes of first love), and Richard Cameron (the mindless conformist).

Ethan Hawke gives a moving performance as Todd, the younger brother of a former Weldon valedictorian and my personal favorite, who undergoes a character transformation as the plot unfolds. In a sense, this movie is really Todd's story. As another reviewer has wisely pointed out, his best scenes are sometimes when he has no dialogue at all. Your heart will ache for him. The sub-plot of young Overstreet's romance with a girl from a nearby school may not be brilliant, but it provides some light, entertaining relief from the main drama.

Needless to say, Mr. Keating's unorthodox approach meets with obstacles...from his fellow teachers, from the school's ultra traditional Headmaster, from Neil's overbearing father and the other parents, who are depicted as a conservative, status conscious lot. His encouragement of adolescent individualism leads to dramatic consequences for one student in particular, triggering a dramatic scenario that engulfs most of his classmates. I don't want to give the plot away, but Dead Poets Society has the most powerful ending I've experienced in the cinematic world. I could watch it over and over, and tears would either come to my eyes or virtually stream down my cheeks every time.

It's an intelligent film, both gripping to watch and thought provoking afterward. Engaging plot, memorable characters, meaningful theme, wonderfully done scenes and atmosphere...Dead Poets Society has it all. A special tip of my hat to the cinematography; clearly, it should have won an Oscar for the final scene alone.

This is a must-see movie, especially if you're a high school student who hates English. It might just change your view of the subject, even if your actual teacher doesn't quite measure up to Mr. Keating. And for everyone...not only "Carpe Diem", but a certain phrase from a Walt Whitman poem will take on incredible meaning and be remembered forever.

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