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Dead Poets Society Movie Review Summary

Actors: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard

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This story takes place in 1959 at Welton School, a prep school for boys. John Keating, a former student at the school, begins working in the school as an English teacher. With his unique teaching methods he inspires his students to be themselves, and act like individuals. He teaches them to think for themselves and to “seize the day.” With the boys having a new way of viewing life, they follow there thoughts, and form a new Dead Poet's Society. Mr. Keating classes drew a lot of attention from the administration. Eventually Neil commits suicide, and the school investigates into why this happened. The boys were then intimidated into saying that Mr. Keating was a bad influence to Neil, and he was forced to leave the school.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Ricky Moson




Painfully shy Todd Anderson (Hawke) has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate Neil (Leonard) is very popular and smart but is under the thumb of his harsh and overbearing father. The two boys, along with their fellow students, meet Professor Keating (Williams), their new English teacher, who teaches them about his love of poetry and tells them about the Dead Poets Society, a society that meets in a cave and has poetry readings on a regular basis. Professor Keating encourages his students to find their own voice and go against the status quo. The boys' love of poetry is inspired even more by the teachings and insights of their extraordinary teacher.
The review of this Movie prepared by Patti Illsley




One special professor, Robin Williams, as Professor Keating, teaches a class full of young gentlemen that going against the status quo may be the way to fullfilment. Each student decides to start making their own decisions instead of doing what's expected and it changes their lives forever. Some in a not so good way but they learn the important lesson is to live their own life. Todd, an extremely shy young man living in the shadow of his very successful older brother; Neil, an excedingly bright student, decides to follow his passion and join the theater, against the wishes of his overbearing father. The movie is filled with a wonderful cast of superb actors to create a moving and thought provoking film.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandy Todd




The setting is Welton Academy, Vermont -- the "best prep school in America" -- in the year 1959. Todd Anderson (Hawke) is a very shy kid sent to the private school where his older brother excelled and was very popular. His roommate Neil Perry (Hawke) is bright and popular, but crushed under the weight of his overbearing and demanding father, who wants him to be a doctor, not explore the theater. These two and the other boys receive sudden inspiration from their new English teacher, Professor John Keating (Williams), an alum of the school. Keating says as a student he founded a "Dead Poets Society" to encourage appreciation of poetry and life itself, so the latest batch of students revive the club, which meets in a cave to read poems and egg each other on to "doing their own thing" in other areas. Of course, Keating's unorthodox methods get him fired, the students rebel, and an even worse crisis transpires. The rather prosaic script by Tom Schulman (who went on to do the far less earnest "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and "What About Bob?") is reasonably directed by Australian Peter Weir, and stirringly acted by the cast.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus




In Dead Poets Society, a group of private school boys in 1959 are encouraged by their unconventional english teacher to seaize the day. While one strives to follow his passions against his father's will, another struggles to win the girl he loves, who already has a boyfriend. One boy tries to overcome his shyness while the teacher yearns to break free from the conformity in the school.
The review of this Movie prepared by Julie




A movie set during a period of romanticism in the first half of the twentieth century. An independent-minded teacher lets some students in on a club he belonged to in high school. The boys imitate the teacher's youth but re-forming the Dead Poet's Society and getting in touch with Romanticism...proving once again that it IS ok for boys to read poetry...A father's controlling nature pushes a boy to his limits as the stress of "all work and no play" takes its toll.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jaime




A new teacher at a private school tells his students about a secret society he once had with his friends in high school. They then begin to form their own society and learn a few things about themselves.
The review of this Movie prepared by Diane



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   fighting with parents    -   general coming of age story Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   (General) search for meaning/identity Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   teacher Age group    -   trouble in high school

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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