Dead Poets Society

June 9, 1989 0 By Fans
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English professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 7.8/10 (121,145 voted)

Critic's Score: 79/100

Peter Weir

Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke

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.


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


George Martin

Dr. Hager

Joe Aufiery

Chemistry Teacher

Matt Carey


He was their inspiration. He made their lives extraordinary.

Release Date: 9 June 1989

Filming Locations: Everett Theatre – 47 West Main Street, Middletown, Delaware, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,400,000


Opening Weekend: $340,456
(4 June 1989)
(8 Screens)

Gross: $235,900,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The 10th biggest grossing film of the year at the US box office, and the fifth highest overseas. It surpassed two other blockbuster Disney releases
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and
The Little Mermaid.


Factual errors:
The first meeting of the Dead Poets Society in the cave is at night but there is light through the hole in the ceiling.


John Keating:
Mr. Meeks, time to inherit the earth.

User Review

A powerful antidote to conformism

Rating: 10/10

There are certain films that get under your skin, never to come out. They
change your life, subtly altering your perceptions of reality, almost always
for the better.

Dead Poets Society is one of those few films.

I saw the movie back when I was in High School. I had a teacher who told us
that we really needed to watch it; in fact, it was our "homework" for the
day. We didn't need to bring back a report, or talk about it in class. All
he asked from us was to watch it, make up our own mind about it, and that
was it. As you can imagine, many friends of mine didn't watch it at all; I
did. And yes, I feel I changed a bit from there on.

Back when you are young, you never really stop to think what in the world
you are doing with your life. You simply live for the day, hope your grades
will be enough to pass, and that's it. Long term thinking involves maybe
flirting with a girl. Nothing more. What this film showed me was that we
have the responsability and the joy of being alive in this planet. That we
are dust, and we will go back to it, so we have precious little time to make
a difference. That we have a moral obligation to "seize the day, and make
our lives extraordinary" (my favorite quote in all movie history). That the
world, basically is ours. That the only limitations are within ourselves,
and that we owe it to us to fight, to rebel against conformity, to change
what we hate and keep what we love. That living in this world is a beautiful
responsability, and that only cowards dare not to change it for the

The fact that the cast was basically my age, and was passing through the
same dilemmas and situations I was facing made it all so much more

So here I sit, 12 years from that day. I still don't think I have seized the
day completely. But I keep on trying; I always will. I wonder how many
people were transformed by this gem of a movie; I hope

10 out of 10. A definitive masterpiece.