Stand by Me (1986)

USA | 1986 | 89min | PG


After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

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It’s the summer of 1959, and in the days before starting junior high a group of misfits set out on an adventure to find the body of missing boy. Gordie (Wil Wheaton) is a sensitive nerd, ignored by his parents; Chris (River Phoenix) is focused on not being labelled a criminal like the rest of his family; Teddy (Corey Feldman) will take any excuse to get away from his abusive home, and bullied Vern (Jerry O’Connell) just wants to be loved and accepted. Together, they trek deep into the Oregon wilderness and learn their strengths, their weaknesses, and the intimacy of friendship. The result is the movie with the legendary 50’s soundtrack, iconic scenes (you’ll never look at a train bridge the same way again) and classic dialogue that continues to be a cultural touchstone (The script was used as audition pieces for the casting of Stranger Things.) Stand By Me is a coming of age movie that is now itself a rite of passage for adolescents. When Stephen King first saw Stand By Me (based on his novella “The Body”) he reportedly was so overcome with emotion that he excused himself and said, “That’s the best film ever made of anything I’ve written.” — CRYSTAL MADORE

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Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, River Phoenix


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