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Dead Poets Society 1989

It's 1959 and an unconventional teacher comes to a staid prep school in this moving drama. He tells the boys of a secret society of people who go against the status quo and encourage them to seize the day. When this philosophy leads to a tragedy, he's fired and the students leap to his defence.

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Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard
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2 hours, 3 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Peter Weir
Starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard
Supporting actors Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, Dylan Kussman, Allelon Ruggiero, James Waterston, Norman Lloyd, Kurtwood Smith, Carla Belver, Leon Pownall, George Martin, Joe Aufiery, Matt Carey, Kevin Cooney, Jane Moore, Lara Flynn Boyle, Colin Irving, Alexandra Powers
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format: Blu-ray
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." (Henry David Thoreau, "Walden.")

Hands up folks, how many of us discovered Thoreau after having watched this movie? Really discovered I mean, regardless whether you had known he'd existed before. How many believe they know what Thoreau was talking about in that passage about "sucking the marrow out of life," cited in the movie, even if you didn't spend the next 2+ years of your life living in a self-constructed cabin on a pond in the woods? How many bought a copy of Whitman's poems ... whatever collection? (And maybe even read more than "Oh Captain! My Captain!"?) How many went on to read Emerson? Frost? Or John Keats, on whose personality Robin Williams's John Keating is probably loosely based? To many people, this movie has a powerful appeal like few others and has proven inspirational far above and beyond the effect of an ordinary movie experience. And justifiedly so, despite the fact that charismatic Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), one of the story's main characters, tragically falters in the pursuit of his dreams, in the wake of apparent triumph. Because although Neil's story is one of failure, ultimately this film is a celebration of the triumph of free will, independent thinking and the growth of personality; embodied in its closing scene.

Of course, lofty goals such as these are not easily achieved. Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) in particular, the last scene's triumphant hero, is literally pushed to the edge of reason before he learns to overcome his inhibitions.
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This film has to be one of the most inspiring that i have seen in my short lifespan. Robin Williams is fantastic in his portrayal of an english teacher who is so passionate about the world and the poetry the world inspires that he ignites a group of young students with a powerful flame which is not doused even by tragedy .An electric charge runs through body and mind when you encounter this film. I challenge anyone to leave after seeing this film and not want to "seize the day".
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I still remember fondly seeing this at the cinema back in 1989. It's as fresh now as it was then and still totally inspiring. Every time I watch this it leaves me feeling inspired and ready to grab life by the horns. "Make your lives extraordinary boys" says Robin Williams. It serves as a constant reminder that one day you'll be gone and quite probably forgotten, so make the most of your life and seize the day. The ending still kills me even now. An often overlooked classic.
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This has to have one of the best endings in film history. Robin Williams is brilliant as the rookie English teacher who persuades disillusioned school kids to re-capture their thirst for life and creativity. If you're ever feeling at a loss, or frustrated, just watch this to give you a kick in the right direction!
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Thank God, that there are some people on the planet that understood this film for its purpose, to show the intimate and spiritual side of life that is so sadly lacking in the modern world. Poetry has a substance to it that can either flatten you out or lift you up. The great thing is that there are many different styles of poetry to cater for all kinds of tastes.

In this film Prof. Keating derives his teaching talents through many different Poets and enables his students to grasp that which is normally reserved for the "Romantics", those people who seem to exist in a different world to ours.

But the film shows that anyone can pick up a compendium of Poetry and discover a new world, one where there's hope and one where another man's vision can inspire and give one a sense of direction.

The many characters in the film mirror those in adult life and the decisions we will all have to make at some point, more often than not against the will of those closest to us. What I love about this film is that there is no censorship of the extremely delicate nature of suicide and the reasons behind making such a decision. It doesn't elaborate or sensationalise the act, but brings it into our world with a tangible essence that for me, showed just how vulnerable and easily breakable we all are in this seemingly cosy and secure existence.

The film also remains a testament to the art of teaching, the pros and cons of going beyond that which all teachers aspire to, bringing young men to adulthood through wisdom and knowledge. Its a hard compromise, juggling your desire to further a boys education through the normal avenues of schooling and giving them the range of choices they will encounter, but arming them with the tools to make the right choice.
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Peter Weir must surely be considered with increased cleverness follwing The Truman Show, but hark back over ten years to 1989. There seems to be a lack of compassion given to the sensitive portrayal of a inspirational teaching figure that was Robin Williams. Williams shows depth and awareness way beyond his peers' years of experience, holding out an inch perfect performance as every young lads dream teacher in Dead poets Society. He plays one of those character's who really lights up the screen, like he did in Good Will Hunting. However, the conclusion to Weir's story does end on a bit of an avalanche. Support and hope though shines through in those touched by Williams' character. Despite there being no clear happy ending there is sense that a really special message will live on forever and ever- Carpe Deum!
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