Dead Poets Society

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Dead Poets Society

“Dead Poets Society” is a critically acclaimed drama film released in 1989, directed by Peter Weir and written by Tom Schulman. The movie stars Robin Williams as John Keating, an English teacher at a conservative all-boys preparatory school called Welton Academy in the 1950s.

The film revolves around Keating’s unorthodox teaching methods and his passion for poetry and literature. He encourages his students to think for themselves, question authority, and seize the day, inspiring them to embrace their individuality and creativity. Keating’s famous phrase, “Carpe Diem,” becomes a central theme in the movie as he urges his students to seize the opportunities life presents and not be confined by societal expectations.

As Keating’s influence on his students grows, they form a secret club called the “Dead Poets Society,” where they gather in a cave to read and discuss poetry. The club becomes a safe haven for the boys, where they can express their feelings and dreams without judgment.

The film explores themes of conformity, rebellion, friendship, and the power of education to shape young minds. It also delves into the struggles and pressures faced by the students, as they grapple with their own ambitions and the expectations placed upon them by their families and society.

Robin Williams delivers a powerful and touching performance as John Keating, infusing the character with humor, warmth, and wisdom. His portrayal of an inspiring and unconventional teacher earned him critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

“Dead Poets Society” has become a beloved classic over the years, resonating with audiences of all ages. The film’s uplifting message of individuality and the importance of following one’s passion has left a lasting impact on viewers, inspiring many to embrace their own uniqueness and pursue their dreams.

With its compelling storytelling, excellent performances, and thought-provoking themes, “Dead Poets Society” remains a timeless and enduring film that continues to inspire and captivate audiences around the world.

Dead Poets Society

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  • Year Released: 1989
  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Box Office: $235.8 million
  • Awards: Won Academy Award; Nominated Golden Globes
  • IMDB Link


  • Robin Williams: John Keating
  • Robert Sean Leonard: Neil Perry
  • Ethan Hawke: Todd Anderson
  • Josh Charles: Knox Overstreet
  • Gale Hansen: Charlie Dalton
  • Norman Lloyd: Headmaster Gale Nolan
  • Kurtwood Smith: Mr. Perry
  • Dylan Kussman: Richard Cameron
  • James Waterston: Gerard Pitts
  • Allelon Ruggiero: Steven Meeks
  • Alexandra Powers: Chris Noel
  • Leon Pownall: McAllister
  • George Martin: Dr. Hager


  • Director: Peter Weir
  • Producers: Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas
  • Music: Maurice Jarre

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