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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Tom Schulman (written by)
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Release Date:
9 June 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 16 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A powerful antidote to conformism See more (453 total) »

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)

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)
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)
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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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Chile:14 | Finland:S | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:PG | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (1999) | South Korea:All (theatrical rating) (1990) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1990) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #29797) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Filmed at St. Andrews, a private boarding school in Delaware.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Todd receives the desk set for his birthday, and Neil and Todd go to throw the desk set off the bridge, the desk set is clearly covered in plastic shrink wrap. However, when the desk set is thrown, papers and pens still go flying everywhere.See more »
Quotes:
Richard Cameron:You can't save Keating, but you can save yourselves!See more »
Soundtrack:
Sound OffSee more »

FAQ

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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Long Version?
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452 out of 479 people found the following review useful.
A powerful antidote to conformism, 22 August 2001
Author: Francisco Huerta (fjhuerta@hotmail.com) from Mexico City

There are certain films that get under your skin, never to come out. They change your life, subtly altering your perceptions of reality, almost always for the better.

Dead Poets Society is one of those few films.

I saw the movie back when I was in High School. I had a teacher who told us that we really needed to watch it; in fact, it was our "homework" for the day. We didn't need to bring back a report, or talk about it in class. All he asked from us was to watch it, make up our own mind about it, and that was it. As you can imagine, many friends of mine didn't watch it at all; I did. And yes, I feel I changed a bit from there on.

Back when you are young, you never really stop to think what in the world you are doing with your life. You simply live for the day, hope your grades will be enough to pass, and that's it. Long term thinking involves maybe flirting with a girl. Nothing more. What this film showed me was that we have the responsability and the joy of being alive in this planet. That we are dust, and we will go back to it, so we have precious little time to make a difference. That we have a moral obligation to "seize the day, and make our lives extraordinary" (my favorite quote in all movie history). That the world, basically is ours. That the only limitations are within ourselves, and that we owe it to us to fight, to rebel against conformity, to change what we hate and keep what we love. That living in this world is a beautiful responsability, and that only cowards dare not to change it for the better.

The fact that the cast was basically my age, and was passing through the same dilemmas and situations I was facing made it all so much more powerful.

So here I sit, 12 years from that day. I still don't think I have seized the day completely. But I keep on trying; I always will. I wonder how many people were transformed by this gem of a movie; I hope many.

10 out of 10. A definitive masterpiece.

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