Dead Poets Society

Continuity mistake: Before going to the theatre to watch Neil's performance, the boys are grooming themselves at the school. Todd has combed his hair backwards and styling remedies has been applied. But when the group are about to leave the theatre after the play and Neil and his father passes them at the entrance, Todd has his regular hairdo again.

Continuity mistake: When Neil is talking to Todd about doing the play, Neil takes off his jacket. In the next shot, he's holding the jacket differently.

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Continuity mistake: At the very end, about 14-15 students are seen stepping to the tops of their desks. The last shot before the credits, however, shows only 10-11 students on their desktops.

Matty Blast

Continuity mistake: When Knox is trying to talk Chris into going to the play with him, for about four shots between the two of them it changes from snowing pretty hard to not snowing at all.

Continuity mistake: The first day of school in Neil Perry's boarding room. Charlie Dalton tells Neil "rumor has it, you did summer school." Neil replies "yep, Chemistry." When the chemistry teacher is handing out assignments and textbooks, Neil can be seen sitting in the class. He should have already completed chemistry.

Continuity mistake: During the final scene when the boys stand up on their desks, the boy with dark brown hair stands up twice. After Pitts stands up we see him contemplating, then when Meeks stands up he is visible standing up already, but then seconds later he stands up again.

Factual error: The film takes place in a private boarding school the 1950's, however one of the students is studying from a 1980's chemistry textbook. The obvious giveaway is that the spine of one book shows HBJ as the publisher. Jovanovich was not added to Harcourt Brace until the 1970s.

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John Keating: No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

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Question: While Robin Williams is packing his things in his small room, he waves down out the window at whom I believe is the Latin teacher, walking along a snowy sidewalk. What is the teacher doing, exactly? It appears that he's giving a guided tour of the campus, but he's also muttering Latin words. It can't be a classroom exercise because there are only 4 or 5 people with him. Does anyone know what he's doing?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: It is a classroom exercise. He is being followed by pupils and is reinforcing their latin vocabulary by taking them on a tour of the garden and showing them the things that the words actually relate to (edificium = building, flora = flower etc.) This contrasts with his earlier behaviour when he simply had them mindlessly recite conjugations (amamo, amamas, amabat). The point is that this illustrates how the Latin Master has been affected by his contact with Keating and has become a better teacher as a result.

Oscar Bravo

Answer: I thought it was a punishment for the pupils involved in the scandal.

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