Dead Poets Society script
Synopsis: Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative Vermont boarding school Welton Academy,[4] it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and César Award and David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film. Schulman received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work.

ALL THE BOYS IN UNISON

Tradition! Honor! Discipline!

Excellence!

All the boys sit. Todd sits too. All is silent again.

NOLAN:

In her first year, Welton Academy

graduated five students. Last year we

graduated fifty-one and over seventy-five

percent of those went to the Ivy League!

Applause. During it we rind KNOX OVERSTREET and CHARLIE

DALTON, both 16, and both in Welton blazers. Knox (sitting

between his parents) carries a banner. He has curly hair,

looks outgoing, is short but well built. Charlie, also with

his parents, has a handsome yet friendly face. He carries no

banner but, when Nolan mentions Ivy League, both these boys

fit the bill.

NOLAN (CONT'D)

This kind of accomplishment is the

result of fervent dedication to the

principles taught here. This is why you

parents have been sending us your sons,

and this is why we are the best

preparatory school in the United States.

(more applause)

New students

All turn to look at the new students the 7th graders and

transfer students. Todd Anderson is among them and he looks

incredibly self-conscious.

NOLAN (CONT'D)

The key to your success rests on our

four pillars. These are the bywords of

this school and they will become the

cornerstones of your lives. Welton

Society candidate Richard Cameron...

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Tom Schulman

Thomas H. Schulman (born October 20, 1951 in Nashville) is an American screenwriter best known for his semi-autobiographical screenplay for Dead Poets Society. The film won the Best Screenplay Academy Award for 1989, and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director (Peter Weir). more…

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