Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

DVD - 2006
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Robin Williams portrays English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming "Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!" The charismatic teacher's emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm-- changing their lives forever.

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carolwu96
Jan 28, 2020

There is no “villain” in DPS. Preparatory schoolboy Neil loves acting, Charlie wants to have fun, Todd is insecure, Meeks is practical. English teacher Mr.Keating swooshes into these boys’ lives and offers an alternative to the paths planned by their parents, gifting them with an ephemeral sense of freedom. ⁣

Yet when the dream dissipates, when reality comes crashing down as a result of parental manipulation and societal expectations, who do we blame? ⁣

Is it Meeks, who recognizes the inutility of struggling and bends to power? Is it Headmaster Nolan, whose mission it is to run a successful school? Or is it Neil’s middle-class parents, who want a stable future for their son? ⁣

Who can we point fingers at, when each force pulls in a different direction, thinking that they mean nothing but the best, only to result in death and heartbreak? ⁣

But the worst does not come during the movie. The worst comes after. ⁣

The movie ends with the iconic scene of the remaining boys defying the headmaster and jumping onto the desks, becoming the “Captain” of their own lives. But what happens after? With Mr.Keating gone and the school doubling down, how much longer could they hold out? How much longer can they stand before sitting again? ⁣

They will most likely go on to attend Yale and become bankers and doctors. Mr.Keating will dim in their memories. One might become a poet when he is financially secure and fifty, and will smile indulgently when his son tells him that he wants to be part of a play. But the majority of them will sign the social contract, just as they once did on the testimony against their mentor. ⁣

“Follow your dreams” takes a blink to say but a lifetime to pursue. Yet we still press on. Idealists might have to return to the movie again and again and suck out all of its marrow to obtain the courage we need, but if it helps us to suck out life itself, so be it. ⁣

”I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life... and not, when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.”

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Caro12
Jan 28, 2020

Worth watching. Some of the dialogue is ironic based on Robin Williams' now known problems.

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LauralLibrarian
Dec 06, 2019

Clips of this movie were used in a train the trainer class. Great examples of training delivery. Got to watch the whole movie now.

Nicr Sep 01, 2019

Callow and manipulative teen movie that has a reputation for being deep and literary.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 22, 2019

A classic movie for any literature lover

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kmobuckeye
Feb 22, 2019

A classic movie for any literature lover

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 10, 2018

Dead Poets Society is a timeless coming of age film surrounding a group of boys, their exploration of young adulthood, finding themselves and shaping up their futures for the better. The film is comforting with Robin Williams portrayal of a young spirited, poetically intelligent, drama teacher who makes viewers wish they had the support of these types of teachers at their schools. He bonds wonderfully with the boys, and within that group of boys itself, their bond is innocent, sweet and pure. Toxic masculinity doesn't enter this film, despite it being released back in 1989. The boys are encouraged to delve deep into their emotions and express what may be timid to speak about; love, pain, and tears. They hold each other firmly and wipe tears away without the usual laughter of jokes. Lessons are taught everywhere in this film and heartstrings are pulled continuously. Despite the film not ending in the happiest of ways, the final scene was bitter-sweet and perfect; not needing more to get to the conclusion and meaning of the film. It's highly recommended to at least watch it once in your life since it's rightfully a classic and a portrayal of the dream life every young adult wishes to be in. 5/5. @Moonlightbae of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This late 1980’s film showcases the effects of strict schooling on young and talented boys and how it can stunt their creativity and growth. Robin Williams plays an unusual teacher at a fancy preparatory school for boys and takes each of his students out of their comfort zones. I believe that this is one of Robin Williams best performances as his character portrays empathy, rebellion, and genius all at once. The premise of the film is very relatable for many people which is why I think it has become so popular and well known. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to anyone looking for a heartwarming and inspiring story. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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intangibleobserver
Jul 28, 2018

Robin Williams is forever a shooting star...

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JOSEPH SARDO
Apr 23, 2018

Weird. I was pretty much 100% sure this would be epic based on its reputation and the idea of it, and so I was committed for some time to watching it. I stumbled through maybe 45 minutes of it now and can't even bring myself to want to finish it. Robin Williams was compelling for the first few of his classes, but eventually the movie as a whole just wasn't doing it for me. The scenes with the students sans Robin Williams just didn't have enough edge on them for me. And as I said, after maybe 2 or 3 of Robin Williams' scenes I wasn't all that enthralled by him either. May have to re-visit or postulate that for whatever reason the movie just doesn't translate as well into our time as it did at the time of its release??

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rslade
Jun 23, 2016

Williams is great, as almost always, but this movie, while it holds up well over time, has never struck me as the classic it is considered by reviewers. Aside from Williams, the rest of the movie is fairly weak.

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Mar 26, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

John Keating: There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Dalton: [answering phone] Welton Academy, hello. Yes he is, just a moment. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

John Keating: Sucking the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

John Keating: O Captain, my Captain. Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It's from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you're slightly more daring, O Captain my Captain.

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ErinCP
Dec 04, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: *SPOILER ALERT* There is a suicide

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ErinCP
Dec 04, 2019

Coarse Language: A few curses. A bit more difficult to notice though

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schmegu_at_hcplc
Jan 12, 2019

Other: Suicide warning

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

English professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.

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