An unconventional New England prep school teacher inspires his students with poetry and encourages them to embrace life. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Actor--Robin Williams, Best (Original) Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay.
1989 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay - Winner
Main Cast & Crew:
Peter Weir - Director
Robert Sean Leonard
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 130
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 717951000682
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: PG (MPAA)
- Release Date: November 1998
Budget estimate $16.4 million. Color by DuArt. Shot on location at St. Andrew's School in Middletown and New Castle, Delaware. Began shooting November 14, 1988; Completed shooting January 15, 1989. Released theatrically in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto June 2, 1989; Wide release in USA June 9, 1989. Released on video March 28, 1990. Shown at the 1989 Venice Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival. Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...[Williams's performance] pulls together Peter Weir's mystical paean to youthful spirit..." -- Rating: B - 03/12/1999 Entertainment Weekly, p.72
"...[Williams gives an] exceptionally fine performance....Some very good performances from the younger actors [as well]..." - 06/02/1989 New York Times, p.C8
"...[The film has] a gorgeous look and smashing rhythms....THE DEAD POETS SOCIETY commands respect and affection..." - 06/02/1989 Los Angeles Times, p.C1