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The Daily Movie Quote: Dead Poets Society

Updated on September 4, 2010
The Dead Poets Society
The Dead Poets Society

"Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." - John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989)

Touchstone Pictures, Rated PG, 128 minutes.

Directed by: Peter Weir


Robin Williams - John Keating

Ethan Hawke - Todd Anderson

Robert Sean Leonard - Neil Perry

Josh Charles - Knox Overstreet

Gale Hansen - Charlie Dalton

Dylan Kussman - Richard Cameron

James Waterston - Gerard Pitts

Domestic Box Office Gross: $95,860,116

Synopsis: A revolutionary English teacher, Keating, inspires a group of prep students to fight the status quo and discover who they are in the process. Unfortunately this does not bode well in a 1950's, New England, Ivy League prep institution that prides itself on tradition and shuns alternative educational techniques.

Fact: Laura Flynn Boyle didn't find out that her part was cut from the film until the night before the premier when she was asked not to attend.

Trivia: Professor Keating was originally supposed to die of Cancer.

Movie Mistake: The Thoreau quote is incorrectly read at their meetings as is the Whitman quote from "Song of Myself".

My Take: Without a doubt, Dead Poets Society was the best film in 1989 and, for me, had the best ending to any movie ever. I could literally write a novel about what makes this movie phenomenal, aside from pages of movie quotes, but I'm gonna trust that if your reading this and haven't seen Dead Poets Society that it will automatically move to the top of your 'must see' lists.

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      Bela 2 years ago

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      Skaditch 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      It' one of those movies you can always go back to and rewatch it. Thanks for the comment JBeadle!

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      JBeadle 7 years ago from Midwest

      It was a great movie. Might have to watch it again now. Thanks for the review!

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      Skaditch 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      The ending still gives me goosebumps.

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      Andy Webb 7 years ago

      If you look through all the movies which try to work the inspirational teacher idea, "Dead Poets Society" is definitely one of the best, if not the best. One of my favourite scenes is when Professor Keating has them marching around the school yard encouraging them to find themselves rather than just following others.