Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

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Director: Peter Weir

Cast: Peter Weir, Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke

     
 

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Robin Williams toned down his usually manic comic approach in this successful period drama. In 1959, the Welton Academy is a staid but well-respected prep school where education is a pragmatic and rather dull affair. Several of the students, however, have their thoughts on the learning process (and life itself) changed when a new teacher comes to the school. John… See more details below

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Robin Williams toned down his usually manic comic approach in this successful period drama. In 1959, the Welton Academy is a staid but well-respected prep school where education is a pragmatic and rather dull affair. Several of the students, however, have their thoughts on the learning process (and life itself) changed when a new teacher comes to the school. John Keating (Williams) is an unconventional educator who tears chapters of his textbooks and asks his students to stand on their desks to see the world from a new angle. Keating introduces his students to poetry, and his free-thinking attitude and the liberating philosophies of the authors he introduces to his class have a profound effect on his students, especially Todd (Ethan Hawke), who would like to be a writer; Neil ( Robert Sean Leonard), who dreams of being an actor, despite the objections of his father; Knox (Josh Charles), a hopeless romantic; Steven (Allelon Ruggiero), an intellectual who learns to use his heart as well as his head; Charlie (Gale Hansen), who begins to lose his blasé attitude; unconventional Gerard (James Waterston); and practical Richard (Dylan Kussman). Keating urges his students to seize the day and live their lives boldly; but when this philosophy leads to an unexpected tragedy, headmaster Mr. Nolan (Norman Lloyd) fires Keating, and his students leap to his defense. Dead Poets Society was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Williams; it won one, for Tom Schulman's original screenplay.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Unconventionality and nonconformity are often desirable qualities, but attaining them occasionally carries some risk, especially when the society around you seems to value them insufficiently. That's the message of this earnest, uncompromising drama, which won the 1989 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and reminded viewers just how effective veteran funnyman Robin Williams could be when applying his considerable talents to a dramatic role. Under the direction of Peter Weir, Williams abandoned his sometimes annoying, hyperkinetic performance style to play iconoclastic English teacher John Keating, who labors overtime to fan the flames of creativity and freethinking in his New England prep school students, most of whom seem destined for Ivy League colleges and soul-deadening careers. Captivated by Keating's ebullience and enthusiasm, outgoing student Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) revives the aged school's secret club, the Dead Poets Society, and enlists among its members the deeply withdrawn Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke). The story is predictable up to a point, but it has a shattering climax that even today, more than 15 years after the film's theatrical release, retains the power to shock and dismay audiences. The young actors are uniformly excellent in their sharply drawn characters, and Kurtwood Smith is outstanding as Neil's domineering father, but it's Williams who makes this Society worth joining. The film soars whenever he's on camera, and even the most jaded home viewer will be moved by the influence his character wields over the impressionable students.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2006
UPC:
0786936239911
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:09:00
Sales rank:
2,156

Special Features

"Dead Poets": A look back- Featuring new interview footage with director Peter Weir, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and many others; Raw Takes; Master of sound: Alan Splet - New interviews with David Lynch and Peter Weir; Cinematography master class- an intensive and inspirational lighting workshop with cinematographer John Seale; Audio commentary -with director Peter Weir, cinematographer John Seale and writer Tom Schulman; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Howard Feuer Actor
George Martin Dr. Hager
Joe Aufiery Chemistry Teacher
Kevin Cooney Joe Danburry
Jane Moore Mrs. Danburry
Lara Flynn Boyle Ginny Danburry
Alexandra Powers Chris Noel
Melora Walters Gloria
Welker White Tina
Alan Pottinger Bubba
John Cunningham Mr. Anderson
Debra Mooney Mrs. Anderson
Charles N. Lord Mr. Dalton

Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
William M. Anderson Editor
Howard Feuer Casting
Steven Haft Co-producer
Duncan Henderson Associate Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Marilyn Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Priscilla Nedd Editor
Tom Schulman Screenwriter
John Seale Cinematographer
Lee Smith Editor
Wendy Stites Production Designer
Tony Thomas Co-producer
Sandy Veneziano Art Director
Charles Wilborn Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Junger Witt Co-producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead Poets Society
1. Opening Titles / A New Semester [:00]
2. Seize The Day [:00]
3. Understanding Poetry [:00]
4. The Reconvening Of The Dead Poets Society [:00]
5. A Different Prespective [11:17]
6. Chances [9:44]
7. Find Your Own Walk [15:05]
8. Unorthodox Ideas [6:49]
9. Neil's Dream [7:28]
10. "Oh Captain, My Captain" / End Credits [13:08]

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