Dead Poets Society (1989)
Director: Peter Weir
Screenwriter: Tom Shulman
Starring: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gail Hansen, Dylan Kussman, Alelon Ruggiero James Waterston/ Norman Lloyd/ Kurtwood Smith/ Carla Belwell/ Leon Bonnard/ George Martin/ Joe Ofieri/ Matt Carey/ Kevin Cooney/ Lara Flynn Ball/ Alexandra Powers/ Melora Walters/ Pamela Burrell/ John Cunningham/ Dybra Mooney / Kurt Laettner / Kathy Snyder / Honas Sticklores / Jamie Kennedy / …
Genre: Drama / Youth / Inspirational
Region: United States
Language: English / Latin
Release: 1989-06-02 (Toronto Premiere) / 1989-06-09 (USA)
Runtime: 128 minutes
Also known as: Rainstorm and Sunshine (Hong Kong) / Spring Breeze Turns into Rain (Taiwan) / Ambition and Sunshine
Rating: IMDB 8.1 / Rotten Tomatoes 84%
Wilton Preparatory Academy is famous for its calm and dignified teaching style and high enrollment rate. As a student of its graduating class, the ideal is to enter a prestigious school. The arrival of the new semester literature teacher John Keating (played by Robin Williams) is like a spring breeze, which is contrary to the seriousness and rigidity of traditional prestigious schools.
Keating took the students to listen to the voice of death in the school history building and reflect on the meaning of life; let the boys read their ideals on the green field; encouraged the students to stand on the desks and overlook the world from a new perspective. The teacher’s free and divergent philosophical thinking resonated strongly in the hearts of the students. They gradually learned to think and explore on their own, bravely questioned the way of life, and even violated the door control, established the Death Poetry Club, and sang in the cave!
Professor Keating, Teacher Keating, Captain Keating, his education is like spring wind and rain, moistening everything silently in everyone’s heart…
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set in 1959 at the fictional Welton Academy, an all-boys preparatory school in Vermont, the film tells the story of an English teacher, John Keating (played by Williams), who inspires his students to embrace their individuality and follow their dreams through the study of poetry.
The film received critical acclaim for its themes of non-conformity, individualism, and the power of poetry, as well as Williams’ performance. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for three other Oscars, including Best Picture.
Despite its critical success, the film has also been criticized for its idealized portrayal of individualism, which some argue can lead to an unhealthy disregard for authority and social norms. Nevertheless, Dead Poets Society remains a beloved film for many audiences and is considered a classic of American cinema.