"Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."
Academy Awards 1989 -
Best Original Screenplay: Tom Schulman
Entertainment Weekly - 03/12/1999
"...[Williams's performance] pulls together Peter Weir's mystical paean to youthful spirit..." -- Rating: B
New York Times - 06/02/1989
"...[Williams gives an] exceptionally fine performance....Some very good performances from the younger actors [as well]..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/02/1989
"...[The film has] a gorgeous look and smashing rhythms....THE DEAD POETS SOCIETY commands respect and affection..."
An unconventional New England prep school teacher inspires his students with poetry and encourages them to embrace life. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Actor--Robin Williams, Best (Original) Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Dead Poets Society
Academy Award(R)-winner Robin Williams delivers a brilliant performance in one of Hollywood's most compelling and thought-provoking motion pictures. Williams portrays passionate English professor John Keating who, in an age of crew cuts, sports coats, and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming ... "Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!" This charistmatic teacher's emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm -- changing their lives forever. Magnificently directed by Peter Weir (THE TRUMAN SHOW), DEAD POETS SOCIETY earned unparalleled praise among audiences and critics alike. Discover for yourself what all the cheering's about!
Campus Life |
Coming Of Age |
Essential Cinema |
Personal Triumph |
Budget estimate $16.4 million.
Color by DuArt.
Shot on location at St. Andrew's School in Middletown and New Castle, Delaware.
Began shooting November 14, 1988; Completed shooting January 15, 1989.
Released theatrically in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto June 2, 1989; Wide release in USA June 9, 1989.
Released on video March 28, 1990.
Shown at the 1989 Venice Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.