Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams
Director: Peter Weir Cast: Robin Williams
Robin Williams
, Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
, Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke
Peter Weir


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Robin Williams toned down his usually manic comic approach in this successful period drama. In 1959, the Welton Academy is a staid but well-respected prep school where education is a pragmatic and rather dull affair. Several of the students, however, have their thoughts on the learning process (and life itself) changed when a new teacher comes to the school. John Keating (Williams) is an unconventional educator who tears chapters of his textbooks and asks his students to stand on their desks to see the world from a new angle. Keating introduces his students to poetry, and his free-thinking attitude and the liberating philosophies of the authors he introduces to his class have a profound effect on his students, especially Todd (Ethan Hawke), who would like to be a writer; Neil ( Robert Sean Leonard), who dreams of being an actor, despite the objections of his father; Knox (Josh Charles), a hopeless romantic; Steven (Allelon Ruggiero), an intellectual who learns to use his heart as well as his head; Charlie (Gale Hansen), who begins to lose his blasé attitude; unconventional Gerard (James Waterston); and practical Richard (Dylan Kussman). Keating urges his students to seize the day and live their lives boldly; but when this philosophy leads to an unexpected tragedy, headmaster Mr. Nolan (Norman Lloyd) fires Keating, and his students leap to his defense. Dead Poets Society was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Williams; it won one, for Tom Schulman's original screenplay.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2006
UPC: 0786936239911
Original Release: 1989
Rating: PG
Source: Touchstone / Disney
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:09:00
Sales rank: 4,037

Special Features

"Dead Poets": A look back- Featuring new interview footage with director Peter Weir, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and many others; Raw Takes; Master of sound: Alan Splet - New interviews with David Lynch and Peter Weir; Cinematography master class- an intensive and inspirational lighting workshop with cinematographer John Seale; Audio commentary -with director Peter Weir, cinematographer John Seale and writer Tom Schulman; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Howard Feuer Actor
George Martin Dr. Hager
Joe Aufiery Chemistry Teacher
Kevin Cooney Joe Danburry
Jane Moore Mrs. Danburry
Lara Flynn Boyle Ginny Danburry
Alexandra Powers Chris Noel
Melora Walters Gloria
Welker White Tina
Alan Pottinger Bubba
John Cunningham Mr. Anderson
Debra Mooney Mrs. Anderson
Charles N. Lord Mr. Dalton

Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
William M. Anderson Editor
Howard Feuer Casting
Steven Haft Co-producer
Duncan Henderson Associate Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Marilyn Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Priscilla Nedd Editor
Tom Schulman Screenwriter
John Seale Cinematographer
Lee Smith Editor
Wendy Stites Production Designer
Tony Thomas Co-producer
Sandy Veneziano Art Director
Charles Wilborn Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Junger Witt Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead Poets Society
1. Opening Titles / A New Semester [:00]
2. Seize The Day [:00]
3. Understanding Poetry [:00]
4. The Reconvening Of The Dead Poets Society [:00]
5. A Different Prespective [11:17]
6. Chances [9:44]
7. Find Your Own Walk [15:05]
8. Unorthodox Ideas [6:49]
9. Neil's Dream [7:28]
10. "Oh Captain, My Captain" / End Credits [13:08]

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