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Hollywood Takes a Risk on "Dead Poets Society"

Film critic Stephen Schiff says the new, boarding-school themed movie never really allows star Robin Williams to cut loose; the younger actors, while good, exist in a kind of bland never-land. It's a departure from the normal Hollywood summer fare, but audiences will be turned off by the film's self-righteous piety.


Other segments from the episode on June 1, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 1, 1989: Interview with Tony Buba; Review of Tin Machine's self-titled album and Royal Crescent Mob's album "Spin the World"; Interview with Hilma Wolitzer; Review of…


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