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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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Top Rated Movies #186 | Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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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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Wil Wheaton's grandfather starred in Wagon Train (1957), so Wheaton's grandmother asked that Wagon Train somehow be worked into the dialogue, and it was. See more »


At the Leech pond when the boys are dressed again, they and their clothing appear as they were before they entered it, dry, clean and tidy. Their clothing would have been saturated and, therefore, taken quite a time to dry as well as being dirty from the muddy water. Their hair is immaculate and well groomed. Someone in continuity failed to notice Vern was the only boy who had a comb, which he lost at the trestle bridge. 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 »


Come Softly To Me
Written by Gary Troxel (as G. Troxel), Gretchen Christopher (as G. Christopher), and Barbara Ellis (as B. Ellis)
Performed by The Fleetwoods
Published by CBS Unart Catalog, Inc.
Courtesy of EMI America Records
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This classic film is worth a watch!
9 December 2004 | by (United States, Arizona) – See all my reviews

This film is a brilliant, well-acted masterpiece! What touched me the most was the late River Phoenix's acting, but all of the young actors performances were incredible. They are why you should see this film. 'Stand By Me' is not a bubblegum Disney film, nor a dry Hollywood film; it is a movie that captures childhood in a poignant, non-candy coated manner that is dead on. I saw this movie only a couple months ago and was blown away by it's style and acting. It is rare that you see such fresh, relaxed and deep performances that the actors in this film offered. Although this is not a recent film, it is a genuine, inspiring film that is so refreshing-being so different than the films Hollywood often gives us. I give this film a 100+ and recommend it to everyone. You will benefit from it's message and it's wonderful acting.

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