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Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 9 June 1989 (USA)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

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Peter Weir

Writer:

Tom Schulman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... John Keating
Robert Sean Leonard ... Neil Perry
Ethan Hawke ... Todd Anderson
Josh Charles ... Knox Overstreet
Gale Hansen 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 Carla Belver ... Mrs. Perry
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ... McAllister
George Martin ... Dr. Hager
Joe Aufiery Joe Aufiery ... Chemistry Teacher
Matt Carey Matt Carey ... Hopkins
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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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

9 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sociedad de los poetas muertos See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (laserdisc)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's line, "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary," was voted as the #95 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). The phrase comes from Odes 1.11 of Q. Horatius Flaccus (Horace), 65BC-8BC. See more »

Goofs

While Keating addresses the class for the first time outside their classroom, he reads out Pitts' name to ask him to read out a passage. Pitts raises his right hand, but in the next shot, Pitts is raising his left hand. See more »

Quotes

Nolan: Gentlemen, what are the Four Pillars?
Crowd: Tradition. Honor. Discipline. Excellence.
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Alternate Versions

TV version shown on USA Network (and released on laserdisc) includes 14 minutes of extra footage not included in the original theatrical release. See more »


Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73 'Emperor'
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Wilhelm Kempff
With The Berliner Philharmoniker (as Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Ferdinand Leitner
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
A Division of PolyGram Classics
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Impressive.
5 April 2003 | by FernAshesSee all my reviews

I'm impressed. It was an all around good film. Perhaps I'm biased - Robert Frost's poem, A Road Not Taken, was quoted - yet so many other things were as well.

It's not about poetry. It's about how you look at the world. How you look, how others look... how you think, how you feel... and a warning to never, ever become conformist (though being conformist about walking is perhaps slightly exaggerated). Never become conformist - always make up your own mind.

I liked the music, as well. The bag pipes give a certain special touch.

I gave it an 8/10 - a high score for me.


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