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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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boy | friend | writer | woods | death | See more »

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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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8 August 1986 (USA)  »

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The Body  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$52,287,414 (USA)
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Trivia

The actress pictured on the cover of a vintage movie magazine is Elizabeth McGovern, who was at the time engaged to director Rob Reiner. See more »

Goofs

When they're in the clubhouse at the beginning, Gordie looks straight at the camera while singing "I Ran All The Way Home". See more »

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[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 »

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Hush-a-Bye
by Doc Pomus (as D. Pomus) and Mort Shuman (as M. Shuman)
Performed by The Mystics
All rights administered by Unichappell Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Continental Communications Corp.
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A small masterpiece.
5 July 1999 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Growing up isn't easy for anyone. There are times when you feel no one understands you at all. Although growing up is tough, the friends you have at a young age are the friends you'll remember for the rest of your life. Stand By Me is a very wonderful film, a masterpiece on a small scale. The film is full of great insights into the minds of a group of four boys who decide they want to see what a dead body looks like, and it sparks their interest even more that they actually knew this dead person. A young boy's mind is full of many things, they feel lost sometimes, strong at others, but mostly they feel invinceable. Rob Reiner has directed a film about four young boys who discover life is quick, sometimes merciless, and magical. I've seen this film numerous times and it always seems better than the time before. This is a perfect little film.


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