Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American teen drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir, and starring Robin Williams. Set in 1959 at the fictional Welton Academy, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry.
The film was a commercial success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actor for Robin Williams. The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, the César Award for Best Foreign Film and the David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film. Schulman received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work.
The worldwide box office was reported as $235,860,579, the fifth highest for 1989, and the highest for drama movies.
Robin Williams received his second Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination and it has since been widely recognized as one of the actor best roles. After Robin Williams’ death in August 2014, fans of his work used social media to pay tribute to him with photo and video of the film’s final “O Captain! My Captain!” scene.