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BTDesign Award
Stand By Me (1986)

Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, Gary Riley, Bradley Gregg, Jason Oliver, John Cusack, Marshall Bell

Director(s): Rob Reiner

Language: English

Genre: Coming-of-Age Drama


Based on Stephen King?s novella THE BODY, director Rob Reiner's STAND BY ME is the disarmingly tender and subtly sublime story of four kids on the precipice of early adulthood who embark upon a quest. There?s Gordie (Wil Wheaton), the intelligent, creative one with the obviously bright future. His best buddy, Chris (River Phoenix), hardens his image in order to hide the pain from the physical abuse he endures at home, all the while harboring the hope of escaping that image. Rounding out the four... [Get complete synopsis]


Deril wrote on October 30, 2005, 8:50 pm
great, great movie. Just re-watched it today (havn't seen it in maybe 10 years or so). Great cast. Never read the Stephen King's Novella. MItch I'm sure you've read it...how does it hold up (the movie that is)?

MasterWoodsman wrote on October 30, 2005, 10:32 pm
I'd have to agree. This is one of the best coming of age movies from the 80's. Great cast and directing as well a storytelling.

The movie ending is bittersweet in that they become good friends and then slowly drift apart. Such is life!
Papamikey wrote on October 31, 2005, 9:01 am
Agreement ALL around!

I remember watching the movie "with something in my eye"...

Has one of the best lines in cinema:

"I never had any friends later on, like the ones I had when I was twelve...Jesus....does anyone?"

The line comes at the end of the film and is bittersweet and poignant...in the short story "The Body" on which the film is based (another underappreciated work by Stephen King) it appears towards the middle.


Papa Mikey!

P.S. Useless bit of trivia: this was actually the SECOND CD I ever owned...first was "Dream of the Blue Turtles - by Sting". Thought you'd like to know that...
motleymitch wrote on November 1, 2005, 1:03 pm
Great story, great adaptation. It holds up wonderfully as a film, true to the novella. I often find King's non-supernatural stuff works better on film, i.e. 'Misery', 'Shawshank Redemption', etc...
Haven't seen this one in a long time though.
Papamikey wrote on October 6, 2008, 3:34 pm
Just did another re-watch...still great. Even though it was made in the midst of the 80's, it doesn't show that (much)...probably due to it being a period piece.

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