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Dead Poets Society (1989)

 -  Drama  -  9 June 1989 (USA)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.

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Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil, 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, in their own way, does this, and are 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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9 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sociedad de los poetas muertos  »

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$16,400,000 (estimated)

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$95,860,116 (USA)
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Norman Lloyd later recalled that Robin Williams was in a sober mood during filming as he was going through a divorce at the time, and there was no joking around between takes. See more »

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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 »

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Neil: So what are you going to do? Charlie?
Dalton: Damn it Neil, the name is Nuwanda.
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Symphony No. 9
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Fritz Reiner and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (as The Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal
A Division of BMG Classics
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Impressive.
5 April 2003 | by (The Hague, the Netherlands) – See 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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