Dead Poet’s Society (1989)

 Dead-Poets-Society“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – John Keating

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’89, cable, video, DVD and 3 Jul 2014)

Brief Synopsis – An English teacher in a New England prep school in the 1950’s becomes very influencial to his students and encourages them to embrace life and try to be their true selves.

My Take on it – O Captain, my Captain. This iconic line from this movie became so popular that just about anyone could say what movie it was from.

This movie influenced me very much as a teenager. It came out when I was 15 and being of a similar age to the students in the movie, I was completely drawn into the story and its characters.

IMHO, this is definitely one of Robin Williams’ best dramatic roles and helped solidify his acting diversity in Hollywood. He is equally amazing in comedies and in dramas.

But unlike many of Williams’ movies, he doesn’t have to hold everything up by himself, the teenagers playing the students also are amazing.

They are all great, but the three stand outs I believe are Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Josh Charles. All 3 have gone off to bigger and greater things, but their roles in this movie are so powerful it’s unbelievable.

This is clearly one of the best (if not close to being The best) movie about the relationship between a teacher and his students.

Bottom Line – One of the best movies about teacher student relationships. Williams is amazing here as are the young actors portraying his students. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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15 thoughts on “Dead Poet’s Society (1989)

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  2. Oh man, I just love this movie. I know it’s a little saccharine and schmaltzy but the performances and desire to learn and achieve here are so wonderful. Also, love a young Robert Sean Leonard in this


  3. Yes, yes, yes. Lol. This one is wonderful. God I miss the days when Williams was doing stuff like this! And I agree–the teenagers are fantastic in this, too. Excellent review of an excellent film!


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