Dead Poets Society

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

"Dead Poets": A look back; Raw takes; Master of sound: Alan Spiet - interviews with David Lynch and Peter Weir; Cinematographer master class - an intensive and inspiration lighting workshop; Audio commentary with director Peter Weir, cinematographer John Seale and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tom Schulman (1989, Best Original Screenplay); Theatrical trailer
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2012
  • UPC: 786936761481
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:09:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 9,937

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
Joe Aufiery Chemistry Teacher
Lara Flynn Boyle Ginny Danburry
Kevin Cooney Joe Danburry
John Cunningham Mr. Anderson
Howard Feuer
Charles N. Lord Mr. Dalton
George Martin Dr. Hager
Debra Mooney Mrs. Anderson
Jane Moore Mrs. Danburry
Alan Pottinger Bubba
Alexandra Powers Chris Noel
Melora Walters Gloria
Welker White Tina
Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director
William M. Anderson Editor
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    Love IT!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "O Captain, My Captain"

    One of the great inspiring films of the decade in which there was a real sense of hope and idealism. The ending was terribly sad, but somehow vindicating with Ethan Hawke, the shy kid defying "the System" and giving Robin Williams his props. I would say the most loving film and heartwrenching pieces of cinema of the 90's. Too bad Whitman or Shelley or especially Harte (no pun intended) or Shakespeare was there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved this movie!!!

    I loved this movie! It was just so moving! And why does everyone else just talk about the message, everybody already knows it's there and plenty of other movies have it too. I loved the poetry and feeling of the movie, and the characters were so likeable. The movie has feeling behind it, not just a lesson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Film

    I think that the Dead Poets Society is one of the most amazing movies ever made. The dangers of conformity is an underlying theme in this movie but in reality it is all about doing whats in your heart and not listening to or caring about wether or not others find it stupid or silly. This movie shows that you have to be yourself and stick up for yourself. Dead Poets Society shows that one person truly can make a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    i like this movie because students want to become but the parents said they must become a doctor,or lawyer or banker. this happens in real life. i think that thinking for yourself is goon. people must have their own life.people have right to do this and parents should not to interfere.everyone must have a chance to think theirself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    I didnt like the movie because i dont find it that interesting. I'd rather watch an action movie than a movie with a lesson. The movies message is about dangers of conformity and not thinking for your self. Thinking for your self is good because you get your own feeling out; You not keeping stuff inside, and your a leader not a follower. Its always better to do and say what you feel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    The movies message is dangers of conformity and the dangers of thinking for yourself. I think conformity is bad because if you conform and do what everyone is telling you to do you will relize that you are not happy and that youve should have done what you wanted to. Thinking for yourself is good. If you do the things you want to do then you will become happy and relize that your glad when you do the things you want to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    I liked this movie because it shows what can happen if someone does something different than others, like teach or chose something a parent doesn't want you to do. The movie has a message about the dangers of conformity and thinking for yourself. conformity and thinking for yourself is a good thing. In the movie the students have to do what everyone else does, including their fathers or older brothers. This makes a group of students form a club where they do, think, and talk about what they want.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    I think this movie was very good. It shows how things are in an environment where you are not allowed to make personal choices. I believe conformity is something relatively wrong. It denies you the opportunity of expressing what you truly want and drags you into the crowd -where everyone acts the same way. Individuality is part of your personality; When you don't possess individuality you are not able to live happily according to your desires/needs. When you conform, you are doing so to please someone else. One should be able to base his/her decisions and make them for one's self, that way you live for yourself, not for others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    i liked the movie because you have to do what you like,not what others tell you to do. For example you parents, friends and family rells you to become something what you want to be. the movie's message was about a dangers of conformity not thinking for yourself. thinking for yourself is a good think because what you want tobe is good. you should be able to do what you want and be and you can do what you want to be. you can't here to think about your self all the time,but it is okay to think about your future. and don't do something other tells you to.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    Yes I did like the movie because I think I learned some of the consequences if some body doesn't think for himself and does what other people think. The movie's message as about the dangers of comformity and not thinking for yourself. I think the message is good; everyone should think for himself and express his/her personality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    I didnt like the movie, The Dead Poet's Society because it took place in a school. The movies message was about the dangers of conformity and not thinking for yourself. I think thinking for yourself is a good thing because a person can be an individual and not a follower. It's better to think for yourself rather thne have someone else do it for you. If you have people think for you then it's like you are brain dead and you don't know how to use your brain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    I enjoyed wathcing this movie. It was a little bring and slow but it made same good points, those points being the dangers of conformity and not thinking for yourself. Conformity and thinking for yourself is a great thing. It is your mind and life. You should be able to do whatever you want with it. No one should be able to make altering decisions for you. You should do what you feel is best for for yousel,not the people around you. Thats what Neal tried to do and what the others did in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deadbeat Poets' Society

    A most appalling film, full of dreadful cliches, ham acting and haphazard camerawork. The basic premise, that poetry inspires passion and a love for life, was actually disproved by the cast, who smirked and cringed their way through a collection of unbelievable situations, without a shred of genuine passion between them. Why did 17/18-year-old boys namby-pamby around like 12-year-old girls for over two hours? The whole film beggared belief.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A sensational movie that brought tears to my eyes.

    I absolutely loved this movie. Robin Williams was phenominal as was the rest of the cast. Free thinking teachers are needed more often. From beginning to end the acting was sensational and I loved it. If anyone is looking for a movie to show them the value of thinking for yourself, watch this movie. I completely reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of my favorites

    This was an excellent movie and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Robin Williams. This movie was very inspirational, insightful, and even had a little comedy thrown in as well. I thought it was a great story and movie from start to finish; with excellent acting and a good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie point blank

    dead poet's Society was a good movie because it helped me realize how much society changed. Robin Williams (Mr. Keaton)was very good in his dramatical debut on the big screen. He showed us how to love and live poetry and not to conform to society. other than that the plot and the charactors developed well during the movie. and I connected will Neal's charactor too because my dad doesnt was me to be an actor either. so i gave the movie 4 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    After viewing the Dead Poet's society, i found it interesting and inspirational. I believed the characters were well casted and had a realistic portrayal of adolescent's journay to finding themselves and the growth that occurs. The movie had an inspirational message that made you think.'Carpe Diem,' the reoccuring theme, pushes the viewer to reevaluate their own character, and relate to the charcters on a higher level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    After viewing this film, I was left with mixed emotions. I felt Robin Williams played an excekllent role as a school English teacher. Rather than the usual teacher-student relationship the students shared a bond with Wiklliams that seemed to be stronger than control. Williams unique style of teaching provoked and questioned the other faculty members. In the end, however the students speak out for Williams when he is fired due to being blamed for a student suicide. The ending was the only problem, I would have liked to see a reformed Dead Poets Society. Instead of feeling like the regular society wins a again, this movie will most likely spark emotions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poet's Society was a drama about conformity. It showed life for rich highschool students during the 1960's. While the movie was interesting I did not enjoy it too much because of the setting, I couldn't relate. It did not show real life situations because I was never in a prep school and I was always taught to prepare for the future by making my own decisions. The kids in the movie were taught that they lived for their parents, every part of their lives revolved around their parents wants and needs. Those types of parents, generally, come from high social statuses because they have to impress their friends, co-workers, and enemies, that's why I couldn't relate. I wouldn't recommend it to someone to go rent but if it was on t.v. and there wasn't anything great on then I would tell someone to leave it on.

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