Touchstone/Silver Screen Partners IV (Paul Junger Witt,
Tony Thomas & Steven Haft)
USA 🇺🇸 1989
W: Tom Schulman
DP: John Seale
Ed: William Anderson
Mus: Maurice Jarre
PD: Wendy Stites
Cos: Marilyn Matthews
Robin Williams (John Keating), Robert Sean
Leonard (Neil Perry), Ethan Hawke (Todd Anderson), Josh Charles (Knox Overstreet), Gale Hanson (Charlie Dalton), Dylan Kussman (Richard Cameron), Allelon Ruggiero (Steven Meeks), James
Waterson (Gerard Pitts), Norman Lloyd (Mr. Nolan), Kurtwood Smith (Mr. Perry)
A slow-boiling drama set at a script boarding school where
new poetry teacher John Keating, a former student himself, unshackles his students from the rigorous routine of their studies to discover a more beautiful meaning to their lives, encouraging
them to 'seize the day' and have more confidence within themselves.
Robin Williams delivers one of his greatest screen
performances, but it's little more than a supporting role, with the members of the 'Dead Poets Society' taking centre stage.
A handful of scenes feel mawkish and manipulative with a
couple of one- dimensional characters who lack depth, but the film makes up for this with it's more memorable scenes, most of which take place in Williams' classroom, including one of the
greatest cinema endings of all time.
An Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay and Bafta's
choice for Best Film of the year.
It's not as powerful now as it was upon release, but this
is due to the amount of copycats which have emerged in its wake.