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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 22, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Haft Best Picture 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Schulman Best Original Screenplay 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Schulman Best Screenplay 1989 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Maurice Jarre Best Original Film Score 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter Weir Best Director 1989 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Peter Weir Best Director 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Weir Best Director 1989 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Peter Weir Best Foreign Film 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robin Williams Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robin Williams Best Actor 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Thomas Best Picture 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Junger Witt Best Picture 1989 Nominee

Cast

Robin Williams
as John Keating
Robert Sean Leonard
as Neil Perry
Ethan Hawke
as Todd Anderson
Josh Charles
as Knox Overstreet
Gale Hansen
as Charlie Dalton
Dylan Kussman
as Richard Cameron
Allelon Ruggiero
as Steven Meeks
James Waterston
as Gerard Pitts
Norman Lloyd
as Mr. Nolan
Kurtwood Smith
as Mr. Perry
Carla Belver
as Mrs. Perry
Leon Pownall
as McAllister
Howard Feuer
George Martin
as Dr. Hager
Joe Aufiery
as Chemistry Teacher
Kevin Cooney
as Joe Danburry
Jane Moore
as Mrs. Danburry
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Ginny Danburry
Alexandra Powers
as Chris Noel
Melora Walters
as Gloria
Welker White
as Tina
Alan Pottinger
as Bubba
John Cunningham
as Mr. Anderson
Debra Mooney
as Mrs. Anderson
Charles N. Lord
as Mr. Dalton
George Martin
as Dr. Hager
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Ginny Danburry
Alexandra Powers
as Chris Noel
Debra Mooney
as Mrs. Anderson
Kevin Cooney
as Joe Danburry
Alan Pottinger
as Bubba
John Cunningham
as Mr. Anderson
Joe Aufiery
as Chemistry Teacher
Welker White
as Tina
Melora Walters
as Gloria
Jane Moore
as Mrs. Danburry

Crew

Peter Weir
Director
Tom Schulman
Screenwriter
John Seale
Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Wendy Stites
Production Designer
Sandy Veneziano
Art Director
Steven Haft
Co-producer
Paul Junger Witt
Co-producer
Tony Thomas
Co-producer
Duncan Henderson
Associate Producer
Marilyn Matthews
Costume Designer
Howard Feuer
Casting
Bette Iverson
Hair Styles
Alan Splet
Supervising Sound Editor
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