Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke
Plot: Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil Perry, 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.
To help his young leads bond, director Peter Weir had them all room together.
What attracted Robin Williams to the role of John Keating more than anything else was that John Keating was the type of teacher he, in his school days, always wished he had.
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.
When the boys show Professor Keating his old senior yearbook picture, it is, in reality, Robin Williams's high school senior picture when he was a student at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, north of San Francisco.
Upon Robin Williams' death in 2014, the famous lines, "O Captain! My Captain!" were used by many media houses for his memoirs.
Writer Tom Schulman's script was partly based on his own experiences at Montgomery Bell Academy, an all-boys preparatory school he attended in Nashville, Tennessee, and his professor there, Samuel F. Pickering Jr.
Norman Lloyd later recalled that Robin Williams was in a sober mood during filming, as he was going through a divorce at the time, and there was no joking around between takes.
River Phoenix wanted to play Neil Perry, but the part went to Robert Sean Leonard.
Filmed at St. Andrews, a private boarding school in Delaware.
Robin Williams considered this movie to be one of his favorite films of his own, and considered 'Weir (I)' to be the best director he had ever worked with.
Mel Gibson was originally slated to play John Keating when Jeff Kanew took the director's chair. Gibson demanded too much money and was turned down.
Originally, Professor Keating was supposed to die of leukemia, but director Peter Weir decided to have the story focus on the boys instead.
In the very last scene, Cameron was supposed to stand on his desk as well, but Dylan Kussman vetoed the idea because he did not think it was in character. He was surprised when director Peter Weir agreed.
Elsewhere on this page, it's stated that the film was shot in chronological order. Following this line of reasoning, after shooting the scene in which Neil kills himself, Peter Weir kept Robert Sean Leonard off the set and didn't let him communicate with the other actors in order to create a real sense of losing a friend.