Dead Poets Society comes alive again in Fox Nation’s ‘Who Can Forget 1989 at the Movies?’

It was the film that brought expressions like carpe diem and O Captain! My Captain! into the homes and hearts of Americans everywhere. In June 1989, Dead Poets Society, a box office success that earned several accolades – including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay – saw its theatrical release.

“Halfway through the year a movie is released that, in my opinion, reveals Robin Williams as one of the best actors of the decade,” said FOX Business’ Liz Claman in the ‘Who Can Forget?’ episode that serves to relive the best movies of 1989.

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Set exactly 30 years prior at a fictional elite conservative boarding school in Vermont, Dead Poets Society tells the story of a new English teacher, John Keating [Williams], who teaches his students to seize the day and live anew through the poetry of the past. 

“Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are all noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” – Robin Williams as John Keating, ‘Dead Poets Society’ (1989)

“These kids are coming in, they’re supposed to do what their parents tell them, and he says, ‘no, you should live your own life, make your own choices, seize the day,’” said FOX Business’ Gerri Willis. 

In fact, Robin Williams’ famous line, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary,” was voted the 95th greatest movie quote of all time by the American Film Institute, an impressive feat given the sheer amount of quality films released in the year 1989 alone.

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1989 also brought us movies like the year’s Oscar-awarded ‘Best Picture,’ Driving Miss Daisy, class rom-coms like Say Anything and When Harry Met Sally, baseball wins like Field of Dreams and Major League, and, of course, the highest-grossing film of the year, Tim Burton’s Batman. 

‘Who Can Forget 1989 at the Movies?’ remembers the aforementioned masterpieces and many more on Fox Nation, available now to stream on the app. Movie buffs can sign up now to subscribe. 

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