Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

Peter Weir (1989)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A charismatic English teacher at a New England prep school in the 1950s raises eyebrows among his strait-laced colleagues by encouraging the students to live life beyond their expectations. Unfortunately, the boys find their families and the rest of the teaching staff are not so understanding about their desire to follow their dreams. Peter Weir's drama, starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles and Gale Hansen.

Cast & 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
Gloria Melora Waters
Director Peter Weir
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Contains some swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray