Dead Poets Society (1989) Poster

Gale Hansen: Charlie Dalton



  • Neil Perry : [quoting Henry David Thoreau]  "I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."

    Charlie Dalton : I'll second that.

    Neil Perry : "To put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived."

  • Neil Perry : So what are you going to do? Charlie?

    Charlie Dalton : Dammit, Neil, the name is Nuwanda.

  • [Keating stands on his desk] 

    John Keating : Why do I stand up here? Anybody?

    Charlie Dalton : To feel taller!

    John Keating : No!

    [dings a bell with his foot] 

    John Keating : Thank you for playing, Mr. Dalton. I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.

  • Charlie Dalton : [answering phone]  Welton Academy, hello. Yes, he is. Just a moment. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton.

  • Charlie Dalton : I'm exercising the right not to walk.

  • Dalton : Gentlemen, what are the Four Pillars?

    Dalton , Meeks , Neil , Knox , Todd Anderson : Travesty. Horror. Decadence. Excrement.

  • Steven Meeks : I'll try anything once.

    Charlie Dalton : Except sex.

  • [about joining the DPS] 

    Charlie Dalton : It'll help you get Chris!

    Knox Overstreet : Yeah? How?

    Charlie Dalton : Women swoon!

    [Dalton rushes off to class] 

    Knox Overstreet : But why do they swoon?

    [runs after Dalton] 

    Knox Overstreet : Charlie, tell me why they swoon!

  • Richard Cameron : [feigning innocence as he enters the room]  What's going on, guys?

    Charlie Dalton : [stands up, angrily confronting Cameron]  You finked, didn't you, Cameron?

    Richard Cameron : Finked? I don't know what the hell you're talking about.

    Charlie Dalton : You told Nolan everything about the club, is what I'm talking about!

    Richard Cameron : Look! In case you hadn't heard, Dalton, there's something called an honor code at this school, all right? If a teacher asks you a question, you tell the truth, or you're expelled.

    Charlie Dalton : You...!

    Knox Overstreet : [tries to restrain Dalton]  Charlie!

    Charlie Dalton : He's a rat! He's in it up to his eyes, so he ratted to save himself!

    Knox Overstreet : Don't touch him, Charlie; you do, and you're out.

    Charlie Dalton : I'm out anyway!

    Knox Overstreet : You don't know that, not yet!

    Richard Cameron : He's right there, Charlie. And if you guys are smart, you will do exactly what I did and cooperate! They're not after us, we're the victims... us and Neil.

    Charlie Dalton : What's that mean, who are they after?

    Richard Cameron : Why, Mr. Keating, of course. The Captain himself! You guys didn't really think he could avoid responsibilty, did you?

    Charlie Dalton : Mr. Keating responsible for Neil? Is that what they're saying?

    Richard Cameron : Well, who else do you think, dumbass? The administration? Mr. Perry? Mr. Keating put us up to all this crap, didn't he? If it wasn't for Mr. Keating, Neil would be cozied up in his room right now, studying his chemistry, and dreaming of being called Doctor.

    Charlie Dalton : That is not true, Cameron; you know that! He didn't put us up to anything. Neil loved acting!

    Richard Cameron : Believe what you want, but I say, let Keating fry! I mean, why ruin our lives?

    [Dalton punches Cameron] 

    Richard Cameron : You juat signed your expulsion papers, Nuwanda! And if the rest of you are smart, you'll do exactly what I did! They know everything anyway; you can't save Keating, but you can save yourselves.

    [Cameron leaves the dorm room] 

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