PG | | Comedy, Drama
Maverick teacher John Keating uses poetry to embolden his boarding school students to new heights of self-expression.
Mel Gibson was originally slated to play John Keating when Jeff Kanew took the director's chair. Gibson demanded too much money and was turned down. Gibson had worked with Peter Weir twice before on Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously.
There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.
When Todd receives the desk set for his birthday, and Neil and Todd go to throw it off the bridge, the desk set is clearly covered in plastic shrink wrap. However, when it is thrown, papers and pens still go flying everywhere.
TV version shown on USA Network (and released on laserdisc) includes 14 minutes of extra footage not included in the original theatrical release.
$340,456 4 June 1989