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In “Dead Poets Society,” Director Peter Weir (and screenwriter Tom Schulman) offer a touching private-school requiem for free thinking. Robin Williams gives arguably his best performance as the English teacher — who seeks to inspire individual creativity in his students, and to show them that “somewhere among the three Rs is an immensely pleasurable P for poetry.” – The Washington Post
Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each, in their own way, does this, and are changed for life.
Dead Poets Society won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Tom Schulman). Peter Weir received a nomination for Best Director and the film itself was nominated for Best Picture of 1989. Robin Williams received his second Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination and it has since been widely recognized as one of the actor/comedian’s best roles. It also won the BAFTA Award for Best Film.