Looking for help in Latin? Then you'd better ask Meeks. Otherwise,
maybe you'll find the answers you are seeking on this page...
How can I get a copy of DPS with the extra scenes?
At the moment there are only
two places where you can track down Dead Poets Society with the
additional footage. It is available on laser disc and it is also shown
on certain television networks with the additional scenes. The main station
I know which plays the film semi-regularly with the additional scenes is
USA Network. The DVD version of the film does not contain the additional
footage. [NOTE: For anyone thinking of buying the laser disc version, there
are 2 versions out there. Make sure you read the description to be certain
you have the version with extra footage.]
And no, I can't dub my own
copy and send it out to you. But you can view clips of the extra scenes
Lair of the Sweaty Toothed Madman.
Where can I get a copy of the soundtrack?
The soundtrack is no longer
in print so you may have a hard time tracking it down unless you manage
to find it in a dusty corner of a used CD store.Your best bet online is
probably to check out one of the auction sites such as eBay
which often has a few copies up for bidding.
Are there different versions of the soundtrack available?
There are at least two versions
of the soundtrack and perhaps three. The most common version contains 4
tracks from Dead Poets Society, 1 track from The Mosquito Coast,
2 tracks from Witness, and a medley of music from The Year of
Living Dangerously. Another version contains the 4 DPS tracks plus
Beethoven's 9th Symphony and the medley of music from The Year of Living
Dangerously. There may also be a third version that is devoted solely
to DPS. If anyone has proof of this, please
Where can I find a copy of "Five Centuries of Verse"?
Perhaps the more appropriate
question is whether "Five Centuries of Verse" actually exists at all. I
have heard conflicting stories here. I have searched high and low for the
book and there has been no mention of it on the internet or in any library
databases. However, I have now had two different people tell me that the
book does indeed exist. If anyone else knows of the existence of this book
(and has any information such as the editor, ISBN, etc.) it would be much
Was Dead Poets Society based on a novel?
No. It was based on an original
screenplay by Tom Schulman. (He won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar
for Dead Poets Society.) There is a novelization of the film available
which was based on an earlier draft of the script. The novelization is
written by N. H. Kleinbaum and is actually part of the English curriculum
in a number of schools. (This frightens me as I thought the writing for
the novelization was rather horrendous.)
I have an assigment due tomorrow on Dead Poets Society.
Can you do it for me?
No. However, if it's still a
few days before the assignment is due, you've given some question a lot
of thought and now need a little advice I'll certainly try and help. Far
too often I receive emails that simply list all the questions of an assignment
and some lazy student who hasn't even seen the movie wants me to do their
homework. Unless they catch me in a very generous mood, those emails just
get move to my DPS Fools folder. (Perhaps I'll post them on the web site
eventually as a joke. The funniest part of many of them is reading the
ridiculous questions some of the teachers actually assign!)
Was Robin William's character, John Keating, based
on a real life teacher?
F. Pickering Jr., an English professor of the University of Connecticut.
DPS writer, Tom Schulman, was a former writing student of Pickering's and
he drew on many of Pickering's unusual teaching techniques to create the
Who's the lady in the centerfold Charlie brings to
Elaine Reynolds, Playboy's Playmate of the Month for October 1959.
Lara Flynn Boyle is listed in the credits but I can't
find her. Where is she?
Lara Flynn Boyle (perhaps best
known for her role in "Twin Peaks") played Ginny Danburry, sister of Chet
Danburry. Her role was mostly cut out, though she does have a few lines
in the extended version of the film. (She talks with Knox and Chris at
the Danburry house when Knox visits). According to the earlier draft of
the script she also plays Hermia in the play so she may be glimpsed in
a few scenes of the regular version. Could she be the girl who kisses Neil
after the curtains close? If anyone with a better eye for faces can confirm
. Visit the
From the Extra Scenes page to see a few fuzzy screen captures of her
from the extra scenes.
I don't get Keating's joke about people kicking copies
of Byron in his face. What was he referring to?
There used to be a cartoon
ad for Charles Atlas Bodybuilding
that would run in magazines and comic books called "The Insult That Made
a Man Out Of Mac". It featured Mac, a 97 pound weakling, who is at the
beach with his girlfriend when a bully kicks sand in their faces. Too weak
to face the bully, he goes home and orders the bodybuilding book and returns
to the beach later and beats up the bully.
I have another question and it's not answered here.
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with any questions or suggestions you might have.