Dead Poets Society Poster

Release Date: 1989

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 1998

PG|2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary
A new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Keating's help, students Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day.

Cast: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, Dylan Kussman, Allelon Ruggiero, James Waterston

Director: Peter Weir

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures

Keywords: Moving, 1950s, Inspiring, Best friend, Transformation, School, Rise, Girlfriend, Growing up, Emotional, Father, Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Williams is impressively restrained as well as funny, so fans need not fret. It only means that instead of Good Morning, Preppies, we're given a bittersweet, even eerie Goodbye, Mr. Hip. [2 June 1989, Life, p.1D]

  • A refreshing if obvious drama. [9 June 1989, Friday, p.A]

  • Hurrah! Poetry and passion, comedy and tragedy are fused into one absolutely marvelous affirmation of independent spirit in Dead Poets Society. [2 June 1989, Daily Notebook, p.E1]

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Original Film Score
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Directing
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)