The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 56): DATED for 7/20THE
25. “Dead Poets Society” (1989)
English professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.
Robin Williams—John Keating
Robert Sean Leonard—Neil Perry
Ethan Hawk—Todd Anderson
Josh Chatles—Knox Overstreet
Gala Hansen—Charlie Dalton
Dylan Kissman—Richard Cameron
Allelon Ruggiero—Steven Meeks
James Waterston—Garard Pitts
Norman Lloyd—Mr. Nolan
Kurtwood Smith—Mr. Perry
Carla Belver—Mrs. Perry
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $340, 456 (USA) (8 Screens)
*Gross: $235,900,000 (Worldwide)
*According to a 1991 interview on Late Night with David Letterman, Lara Flynn Boyle was told the day of the film's premier that she had been edited out of the film and should not attend the premier.
*Originally, Professor Keating was supposed to die of leukemia. But the director decided to have the story focus on the boys instead.
*Director Peter Weir chose to shoot the film in chronological order to better capture the development of the relationships between the boys and their growing respect for Mr. Keating.
*Originally slated to be filmed at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, the project was moved to Delaware because it would have been too expensive to create fake snow on the campus grounds.
*Peter Weir attended The Scots College, a private boys school in Sydney. The uniforms, discipline and overall feel of the school translated into many of the film's scenes. In 1994 a stage production of the film, the first in the world authorized by Touchstone Pictures, was put on by the school. Peter Weir attended the opening night and spoke about the making of the film.
*The part of John Keating was once intended for Dustin Hoffman.
*Charlie Dalton has copied some lines from Abraham Cowley's poem "The Prophet" on the centerfold of Elaine Reynolds, Miss October 1959.
*When the boys show Professor Keating his old senior yearbook picture, it is in reality Robin William's high school senior picture when he was a student at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, north of San Francisco
*Bill Murray was once considered for the role of John Keating.
*What attracted Robin Williams to the role of John Keating more then anything else was that John Keating was the type of teacher he in his school days always wished he had.
*The first Touchstone Pictures release to receive a best picture nomination.
*The boy in the movie who says the line "The cat sat on a mat" was a St. Andrew's student at the time. He earned more than his teachers that year.
*The scene where Todd cries outside in the snow was done in one take. It was originally an interior scene, but when it started to snow, Peter Weir thought the scene might have more impact if it were done outside. The snow was already beginning to let up so it had to be done in one take. Fortunately, Ethan Hawke managed it.
*To help his young leads bond, Peter Weir had them all room together.
*Although this never actually cracked the number one spot at the box office, it still grossed $96 million domestically and over $235 million worldwide.
*Initially Peter Weir had planned to make Green Card in 1989 but Gerard Depardieu proved to be unavailable for a full year. Disney studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg suggested to Weir that he should make another film in the intervening year and handed him the script to Dead Poets Society.
Why I Picked this movie #25:
1. It was a great script.
2. It was a great story.
3. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
4. Awesome young cast.
5. It was Robin Williams best acting work and role at that point in his career. It changed Robin Williams career.
6. Awesome heart string pulling moments.
7. Awesome drama.
8. It had some good funny moments to help lighten up the movie.
9. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
10. One of the best ending to a movie ever.
11. Great acting.
12. It still hold up.
13. One big heart.
First time seeing it:
I on a double blind date that a girl refused to gone, when I showed up to pick her up with other couple I suppose to go with. It was set by one of my brothers and his friends. It was so bad her mom and dad were going to make the girl go. I just walked away and saw the movie with the couple. This movie showed what a movie can do for someone when need to forget something. It made me forget everything for the few hours I was in theater. I think this is were I started too love movies. (On a side note: Two years later at the same theater I saw “Dead Poets Society” I had girlfriend brake up with me by having her friend give me a dear John letter at the end of “Home Alone”.)