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DEAD POETS SOCIETY <span>(1989)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 123

Release dates 30/11/1998, 15/06/1994, 01/01/1990

Director(s) Peter Weir

Cast includes Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, Dylan Kussman, Allelon Ruggiero, Norman Lloyd, Kurtwood Smith, James Waterston, Carla Belver, Leon Pownall, George Martin, Joe Aufiery, Matt Carey, Kevin Cooney, Jane Moore, Lara Flynn Boyle, Colin Irving, Alexandra Powers

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Parental guidance iconPG

Ratings info

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

DEAD POETS SOCIETY is a drama about an unconventional English professor who inspires his teenage students to develop a love of poetry, and to take control of their futures. At the time that the film was classified, the 12 certificate had yet to be introduced, giving BBFC examiners the choice between a PG or 15 rating for the film. It contains one scene of mild violence.

The one scene of mild violence takes the form of the implied suicide of a young male character. The boy takes a gun from his father's desk, and then all that is shown is a puff of smoke rising from behind the desk, and his hand and the pistol lying on the floor. The scene is well contextualised within the overall narrative, and the act of suicide is not glamorised, endorsed nor presented as an appropriate solution to the boy's problems. Other occasional mild violence includes a lad having his nose bloodied by a jealous school mate in a row over a girl.

A moment of mild nudity is seen in a brief image of a topless woman in a mildly sexualised pose in a girlie magazine.

Mild language includes occasional uses of 'shit' and 'bullshit', and there are some scenes in which the boys smoke a pipe.

PG stands for Parental Guidance. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.


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Buena Vista Home Video,Buena Vista Home Entertainment,Warner Brothers
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