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Stand by Me (1986)

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

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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

The Body  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$242,795, 10 August 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,287,414
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Trivia

Columbia Pictures, concerned that the original title, "The Body", was misleading, renamed the film Stand by Me. According to screenwriter Raynold Gideon, "...it sounded like either a sex film, a bodybuilding film or another Stephen King horror film. Rob Reiner came up with Stand by Me (after the Ben E. King song), and it ended up being the least unpopular option." See more »

Goofs

1980s cars visible in the background of the junkyard. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Soundtracks

Let the Good Times Roll
Written by Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee
Performed by Shirley Goodman (as Shirley) and Leonard Lee (as Lee)
Published by Atlantic Music Corp. / CBS Unart Catalog, Inc.
Courtesy of EMI America Records
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This classic film is worth a watch!
9 December 2004 | by 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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