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Movie Dead Poets Society Peter Weir (1989)
Robin Williams' first true public success, The Dead Poets Society instilled a philosophy that has inspired millions of viewers around the world. The film was shot almost entirely within the walls of St. Andrew School, USA.
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“Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

John Keating (Robin Williams)

When writing the screenplay for Dead Poets Society, Tom Schulman drew heavily on his experience at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and his encounter with Samuel Pickering, a teacher with unconventional and inspiring methods.

To find the perfect location for his Welton Academy, director Peter Weir focused his search on private schools and eventually obtained permission to film almost exclusively within the walls of St. Andrew School, Delaware. The team makes use of both the classrooms and the beautiful school grounds.

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Peter Weir prefers to stay as much as possible inside the school so that the settings of the school give his film the desired authenticity. No changes are necessary and the management has agreed to receive the film crew during the Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations so as not to disrupt classes.

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Before Robin Williams was hired, four other actors were considered for the role of John Keating: Liam Neeson, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks and Mickey Rourke.

Scene at Welton Academy in Dead Poets Society
Welton Academy scene in Dead Poets Society – Credit: Silver Screen Partners IV and Touchstone Pictures
Scene at Welton Academy in Dead Poets Society
Welton Academy scene in Dead Poets Society – Credit: Silver Screen Partners IV and Touchstone Pictures
Scene at Welton Academy in Dead Poets Society
Welton Academy scene in Dead Poets Society – Credit: Silver Screen Partners IV and Touchstone Pictures

St. Andrew's School (Delaware)

A prestigious school in New Castle County, St. Andrew School provides the knowledge and exacting methods that have contributed to its reputation.

Opened in 1929, St. Andrew School is a private Episcopal school. It has a small enrollment so as not to overcrowd its classes and is known for its high tuition. The school is located on beautifu... Learn more about St. Andrew's School (Delaware)

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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