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  • Basically all of Neil's actions towards Todd. Neil is faced with a new, horribly shy roommate who struggles to make any conversation and rebuffs Neil's attempts to be friendly. It would be easy to ignore him, (or even worse bully him as an easy target) but instead, Neil does everything he can to include Todd: Bringing him into the friend group; inviting him to be part of the Dead Poets Society; specially working things so Todd doesn't have to read, understanding how scared he is and coaxing him to open up. It clearly means the world to Todd, who is implied to have received very little support or encouragement before, and grows steadily happier.
    Todd: "The point is that there's nothing you can do about it, so you can just butt out. I can take care of myself just fine. All right?"
    Neil: "No."
    Todd: "What do you mean 'no'?"
    Neil: (smiling) "No."
  • Mr. Keating helping Todd overcome his anxiety by having him make up a poem that impresses the entire class. "Don't you forget this" indeed.
    • Neil looking over-awed and touched by the poem. As noted above, he's spent much of the movie encouraging Todd and it's beautiful to see his faith in his friend vindicated.
  • Also between Neil and Todd: "The world's first unmanned flying desk-set," scene is, quite possibly, the most convincing instance of the Power of Friendship to ever grace a TV screen.
  • The whole Dead Poets Society gently waking up Todd and gathering around to specifically support him after Neil's suicide.
    • And for that scene, it was originally set indoors, but it started to snow outside. They had limited time to get the shot in before the snow went away completely. Ethan Hawke nailed it in one take.
  • Charlie refusing to turn on Keating and punching Cameron when he betrays the society. Charlie could be reckless but he has loyalty in spades.
    • A small moment in the same scene: When Cameron claims that Neil was manipulated by Keating, Todd is the one to yell at him, asserting that Neil loved acting and wasn't forced into anything - defending both his teacher and his best friend's memory.
  • In a deleted scene that takes place after Neil's suicide, McAllister meets with Keating, pours the both of them some tea with liquor and assures the latter it wasn't his fault.
    • The last we see of McAllister is him teaching his Latin class. However, unlike the start of the film when he's monotonously lecturing students in the classroom...he's taken some boys outside and using the language to describe the world around them. It's a tiny, subtle moment but proof that Keating's ideas and impact will never be truly gone.
  • The final scene, as Keating retrieves his gear after being drummed out as a dangerous radical, when his former students one by one stand on their desks and call out "O Captain, my Captain".
    • Led by Todd, the quietest, timidest member, showing just how much Neil and Keating helped him.
    • And followed by students who weren't even in the society, including the nerdy Ill Boy and the guy who mumbled reluctantly through the 'poetry and football' scene, showing just how much impact Keating had on the class.
  • Ethan Hawke recalls being a little too serious on set to laugh at Robin Williams's jokes and worried that he'd made a bad impression. Then after the film was over, he got a call from Robin's agent. He'd recommended him!


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