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Stand by Me (1986)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  22 August 1986 (USA)
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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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22 August 1986 (USA)  »

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The Body  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$52,287,414 (USA)

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Did You Know?


As with most of Stephen King's stories, this one originally contained connections to other books he has written. Ace Merrill later re-appeared in the book Needful Things (1993), although he does not appear in the film. The dog Chopper is compared to Cujo (1983). Characters are familiar with Shawshank Prison, from The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Teddy Duchamp was actually first mentioned in King's first book, Carrie (1976), in which Carrie destroys a gas station he once worked at. See more »


In the first scene on the railroad tracks, there is a turn-out switch with no closure rails beyond the points. It is clearly not an abandoned spur, and any train using these tracks would be derailed at this point every time. 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

In the edited-for-TV version, Lardass Hogan's name is shortened to Lard for obvious reasons. Yet even in the edited-for-TV version, the name "Lardass" is seen in the credits. See more »


Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 21 October 2011 (2011) See more »


Come Go with Me
Written by Clarence Quick (as C.E. Quick)
Performed by The Del Vikings
Published by Gil Music Corp. / Fee Bee Music Co.
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Stephen King with a great story
13 January 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Stephen King adaptations can be great. In my opinion the less horror pictures, and The Shining, are the best. Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and this one. Stand by Me is a great film, you can say it is a drama with some thriller elements.

Four boys hear the location of the dead body of a boy from their small town. The boys go on a trip to look for the body, about 30 miles away. There are some little problems on the way, including another gang with its leader Kiefer Sutherland. One of the boys thinks about his late brother because of the recent events, played by John Cusack. It seems to be a simple story but it is told perfect.

The performances the boys give, one of them is the late River Phoenix, are all extraordinary. I liked the way their friendship was shown. Just a great movie, see this. 9/10.

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