Dead Poets Society parents guide

Dead Poets Society

Overall B-

There is something different about Mr. Keatings (Robin Williams). Not only does he not see poetry like any other teacher they have ever had before, but he also won't let his students look at life the same way they have always done before.

Violence C
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C+
Substance Use C

Why is Dead Poets Society rated PG? The MPAA rated Dead Poets Society PG

Run Time: 128 minutes

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Dead Poets Society
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Dead Poets Society rated PG? Dead Poets Society is rated PG by the MPAA

Discipline and rigid rules are part of the atmosphere at the boarding school. Still the boys manage to smoke and occasionally drink in the dorms and the cave. Adult are also shown smoking on several occasions. Despite the “Boys Only” policy, they sneak a pair of girls to a club meeting. The boys briefly discuss sex and make some sexually suggestive comments. Teens drink and kiss passionately at an unsupervised house party. A couple of fist fights result in bloody noses and one student receives a beating with a wooden paddle after breaking school rules. Although the suicide is not shown, viewers hear the shot and see part of the dead body. Traditional values and teaching methods at the school are depicted as outdated and restrictive. Numerous profanities and some terms of Deity are also included in the script.

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Dead Poets Society
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "Dead Poets Society"

Cast and Crew

Dead Poets Society is directed by Peter Weir and stars Robert Williams, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Robert Sean Leonard.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Dead Poets Society movie is January 16, 2012. Here are some details…

Blu-ray Notes: Dead Poets Society

Release Date: 17 January 2012

Dead Poets Society releases to Blu-ray with the following bonus extras:

- Dead Poets: A Look Back (featuring interview footage with Director Peter Weir, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and many others)

- Raw Takes

- Master of Sound: Alan Splet (Interviews with David Lynch And Peter Weir)

- Cinematography Master Class (Intensive and inspirational lighting workshop with Cinematographer John Seale)

- Audio Commentary with Director Peter Weir, Cinematographer John Seale and Writer Tom Schulman

- Theatrical Trailer

DVD Notes: Dead Poets Society (1989)

DVD Release Date: 10 January 2006

If you are a fan of this film, you will want to remember to carpe diem—or at least seize the opportunity to look for this Special Edition DVD release of Dead Poets Society. Included in the bonus extras are a collection of uncut and/or deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer and the featurette Dead Poets (which offers a look back at the making of the film with director Peter Weir, as well as new interview footage with actors Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and many others). As well, you can have a film school experience by listening to the commentary of director Peter Weir and his writing/cinematography team, or watching Master of Sound: Alan Splet (featuring new interviews with David Lynch and Peter Weir) and Cinematography Master Class (cinematographer John Seale conducts an intensive and inspirational lighting workshop). Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French.

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