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Carpe Diem with Dead Poets Society - A Classic and Great Film

Updated on January 9, 2015

The Dead Poets Society is a movie that works on so many levels to create a rich, rewarding experience for the viewer, so much so, that it's hard to begin to untangle the ways. Robin Williams in the lead as the teacher, John Keating, delivers the performance of a lifetime. The cast is, to a man, brilliant. The result is a delicious ensemble production that is a joy to watch and experience.

What's up with this "carpe diem?"

This is the film that brought the phrase "carpe diem" into everyday language. This is the film that demonstrated what a truly gifted actor Robin Williams really is. This is the film that brought the dead poets back to life. The movie was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture as well as Best Actor for Robin Williams. It received the award for Best Original Screenplay.

Williams seems uniquely suited for the role of the unconventional teacher at a rather stuffy prep school who has students stand up on desks and vow to "Seize the Day!." You won't find the wild and zany Williams here of Mork and Mindy. Instead, you'll find a thoughtful, passionate, and bold portrayal of a teacher and the deep impact his thoughts, words, and deeds have on his students. You'll want to jump onto the nearest table along with his students and cheer. You'll be empowered and emboldened. You'll be touched deeply at the tragic turn of events. You might even take a look at poetry. This is a movie that refuses to leave you untouched.


The quote below is from the movie and said by the lead character John Keating. (source IMDb)

They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.


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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @Robert Levine: Thank you, Robert. I appreciate your visit and comment.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @TerriCarr: Definitely, HolisticWriter. Great motto.

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      Tanya Jones 4 years ago from Texas USA

      I loved the movie when I first watched it. Reading your lens, I've gained an even better defined understanding of the movie. Great lens.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi. I remember watching this film in 1990. I found the ending fittingly dramatic!

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      Robert Levine 4 years ago from Brookline, Massachusetts

      One of my favorites too, & this is a good, brief assessment of it.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @serendipity831: Williams is remarkably good anyway but he really does it in this one. Thanks!

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      TerriCarr 4 years ago

      I saw this a long time ago but I remember it was very moving. Good motto for Squids too, Carpe Diem!

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      Drake McSherry 4 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Robin Williams is one of my favorite actors. Great movie and review!

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @Ruthi: Could be, Ruthi, could be. Thanks for stopping by.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @SteveKaye: Yes, the ending is pretty powerful and definitely dramatic but i wonder if the film would be as powerful without it?

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you! Thanks for taking the time to share your love for the film, too.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Dead Poets Society has long been a favorite movie on my list. Maybe it's the poet in me who loves it so!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      This is one of my favorite movies. I wish the ending had been less dramatic, however.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      This is one of my absolute all time favorite movies. Incredibly powerful messages and performances. Deeply moving. Thanks for this excellent review. Appreciated.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Thanks, Elf. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your love for the movie and the performance.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I loved this movie and thought Robin Williams did a fantastic job in the role. Wonderful review.


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