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 C├ęsar Award and David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film. Schulman received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work.

In the audience, not far from Todd is Richard CAMERON, one of

the banner carriers, 16, his father's little clone. He stands

eagerly to attention. Too eagerly.


Yes sir!


What is Tradition?


Tradition, Mr. Nolan, is love of school,

country, and family. Our tradition at

Welton is to be the best!


Good, Mr. Cameron. Welton Society

Candidate George Hopkins. Honor.

Cameron sits. His father beams smugly.


Honor is dignity and the fulfillment of



Good, Mr. Hopkins. Honor Society

Candidate, Knox Overstress

Knox, as mentioned, is a banner-holder. He stands.


Yes sir.


What is discipline?


Discipline is respect for parents,

teachers, headmaster. Discipline comes

from within.


Thank you, Mr. Overstress. Honor

Candidate Neil Perry.

Knox sits. Knox's proud father and mother give him pats of

encouragement. NEIL PERRY stands. Whereas some boys have two

or three achievement pins an the lapels of their coats, Neil

has a huge cluster of them on the pocket of his jacket. Neil

is 16, intense, a born leader. However, there is more than a

hint of anger and dissatisfaction in his eyes. Beside him

sits his unsmiling father, MR. PERRY.


Excellence, Mr. Perry.

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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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