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Stand by Me (1986)

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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 in Castlerock, Oregon and four 12 year-old boys - Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern - are fast friends. After learning of the general location of the body of a local boy who has been missing for several days, they set off into woods to see it. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right. Written by garykmcd

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For some, it's the last real taste of innocence, and the first real taste of life. But for everyone, it's the time that memories are made of.


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Release Date:

22 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Body  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$52,287,414 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Corey Feldman and director Rob Reiner tested thirty different laughs before deciding upon the one for Teddy Duchamp. The laugh happens to be similar to that described in Stephen King's story. See more »


When Gordie looks at the newspaper article at the beginning, the first paragraph of the article is about the stabbing, but the second column is clearly from another story. See more »


[first lines]
The Writer: [voiceover] I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of 1959-a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years. I was living in a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock. There were only twelve hundred and eighty-one people. But to me, it was the whole world.
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits begin, we see Gordie's son and his friend playing on his front yard on their way to a swimming pool. See more »


References Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) See more »


Whispering Bells
Written by Fred Lowery (as F. Lowry) and Clarence Quick (as C. Quick)
Performed by The Del Vikings
Published by Gil Music Corp.
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

Four boys go on a quest to find not only a dead body the true meaning of friendship and reality.
10 July 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Hands down this is my favorite movie. (With the Sandlot in second place). My mom got this movie for me when i was about 12. I saw it the first time and realized that i had friends like that. The movie is definitely one every teenage kid should see. I think it is more of a movie for boys but girls can get out of it the same as the boys can. But the movie overall is great because its just about a four friends who have no experience with the "real world". They find out about a dead body and go in search to find it. At first they just do it to be famous and get a reward. But the quest of the boys throughout the movie reveal things that even themselves didn't know about. After it all, the boys find out about reality, and how it isn't glamorous. They realize that the body could of been them and they respect that. In my opinion the point of the movie was not to have you think of when you were 12 and your good friends but to think of what you have now, and what you do with it. In the end Gordie tells us what happens to each and how each kind of go their separate ways. (Such as the last scene of the movie). This is definitely a movie to not only rent but buy. I tip my hat to Reiner.

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