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FilmStubs: Dead Poets Society (1989)

Maverick teacher John Keating uses poetry to embolden his boarding school students to new heights of self-expression.
(PG, 128 min.)


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

7:00 PM

The FilmStubs series is Free and made possible by a grant from Friends of the Library.
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There will be a discussion following the film.
Tickets will be available the day of the screening at concessions.

A new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Keating's help, students Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day. [Rotten Tomatoes]

Starring: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke
Director: Peter Weir
Genre(s): Drama

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"Beautifully directed and with an Oscar-winning story."

— Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine

"Hurrah! Poetry and passion, comedy and tragedy are fused into one absolutely marvelous affirmation of independent spirit in Dead Poets Society. [2 June 1989]"

— Judy Stone, San Francisco Chronicle

"Story sings whenever Williams is onscreen. Screen belongs just as often to Leonard, who as Neil has a quality of darting confidence mixed with hesitancy. Hawke, as the painfully shy Todd, gives a haunting performance."

— Variety