Dead Poets Society

  • PG
  • Peter Weir (1989)
  • US
  • 123 min
Dead Poets Society
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Director Peter Weir's lyricism may sometimes seem out of place in modern Hollywood, but there is no denying that this warm, touching tale struck a chord with audiences around the world. Robin Williams plays the unconventional teacher at a stuffy boys' school in late-1950s America, who awakens a love of poetry and writing among a disparate group of troubled adolescents headed by Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke. However, the individualism he fosters eventually leads to tragedy. The two young leads - along with Josh Charles - turn in subtle performances, and the film is lusciously photographed and genuinely moving, even if Tom Schulman's Oscar-winning screenplay does lurch occasionally into mawkish melodrama.

Plot Summary

Coming-of-age drama starring Robin Williams. In 1959, Professor John Keating arrives to teach English at the sedate New England school where he was formerly a pupil. His extraordinary teaching methods inspire several pupils to revive the "Dead Poets Society", a forbidden club where students secretly discuss their dreams and aspirations. But Keating's unorthodox style leads to controversy and tragedy.

Cast and crew


John Keating
Robin Williams
Neil Perry
Robert Sean Leonard
Todd Anderson
Ethan Hawke
Knox Overstreet
Josh Charles
Charlie Dalton
Gale Hansen
Richard Cameron
Dylan Kussman
Steven Meeks
Allelon Ruggiero
Gerard Pitts
James Waterston
Mr Nolan
Norman Lloyd
Mr Perry
Kurtwood Smith
Chris Noel
Alexandra Powers
Melora Waters


Peter Weir

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Contains some swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG