Synopsis: John Keating is a former student at Welton Academy prep school, returning as the English teacher. His methods are fresh, inspire the students, but rub the faculty and parents the wrong way. Keating instructs his students to tear out the introductory chapter of their text book that says you can mathematically determine the quality of poetry, he has his students call him "Oh Captain, My Captain!", and encourages them to look at life in a new way and seize the day, "Carpe Diem." Looking into Keating's history, his students discover and decide to bring back Keating's old club, the Dead Poets Society. The students begin to embrace life in new ways, but it comes to a head with they start to go against the wishes of their parents and the school.
Legacy: 'Dead Poets Society' was met with critical acclaim, and earned $235 million at the box office with a budget of $16 million. While some, like Roger Ebert, criticized Robin Williams for playing drama while throwing in his occasional zany comedy, Williams' performance received great praise and he was honored with his second Academy Award nomination. The film also regularly shows up on lists of most inspiring films of all time, and the line, "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary," was named by the AFI as one of the 100 greatest movies lines of all time.