PG | | Comedy, Drama
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Norman Lloyd was most surprised to discover that he was expected to audition for the film. Initially, he refused. He said that he had just finished six years of St. Elsewhere (1982) and that the producers should use that. He was told that Peter Weir was on location and had never seen ... ...
"Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams and I'll show you a happy man."
John Keating: "But only in their dreams can men be truly free. 'Twas always thus, and always thus will be."
John Keating: No, Keating.
The Thoreau quote read at the beginning of each meeting is incorrect. In fact, if you look very closely, in the scene where Neil opens the book that Mr. Keating had placed on his desk, you can see three dots after some lines, indicating that the sentences had been taken out of context. However, it is indeed "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately", and not, as quoted in the film, "wanted".
$340,456 (USA) (4 June 1989)
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