Dead Poets Society (1989) USA
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Director:Peter Weir
Studio:Walt Disney Video
Producer:Duncan Henderson, Paul Junger Witt, Steven Haft, Tony Thomas
Writer:Tom Schulman
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 13 wins & 14 nominations
Genre:Coming of Age
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Languages:Commentary by Director Peter Weir & his writing and cinematography team, English, Dolby Digital 5.1, French, Unknown
Peter Weir  ...  (Director)
Tom Schulman  ...  (Writer)
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
George Martin  ...  Dr. Hager
Joe Aufiery  ...  Chemistry Teacher
Matt Carey  ...  Hopkins
John Seale  ...  Cinematographer
William M. Anderson  ...  Editor
Comments: He was their inspiration. He made their lives extraordinary.

Summary: Robin Williams stars as an English teacher who doesn't fit into the conservative prep school where he teaches, but whose charisma and love of poetry inspires several boys to revive a secret society with a bohemian bent. The script is well meaning but a little trite, though director Peter Weir (The Truman Show) adds layers of emotional depth in scenes of conflict between the kids and adults. (A subplot involving one father's terrible pressure on his son--played by Robert Sean Leonard--to drop his interest in theater reaches heartbreaking proportions.) Williams is given plenty of latitude to work in his brand of improvisational humor, though it is all well-woven into his character's style of instruction. --Tom Keogh