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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?


The apparel of the four boys is the same throughout the entire movie, except for Teddy. From the beginning to the tree house scene, he is wearing a nice shirt with a design on it. Then, he is seen wearing a green shirt, from the part where they all meet up to go on the journey, to the end of the movie. But Gordie, Chris, and Vern are all wearing the same clothes throughout the whole movie. 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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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 »


Rockin' Robin
by Leon René (as J. Thomas)
Performed by Bobby Day
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8 March 2000 | by (West Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

As a lover of Stephen King's writing style and Rob Reiner's directing techniques, this movie leaves me speechless every time. It is an almost forgotten film about a time and a youth nearly forgotten, as well. And I will say, as a writer, the novella that this film was based upon, "The Body" has and always will be the inspiration for my style of writing.

First of all, I enjoy the title that was chosen for the film. "Stand By Me" fits what the characters in the story are facing. I think that all who have seen this film will agree that the problems are all things that we can relate to. All of us know someone like these characters. Most of us have met the boy down the road who had a brother with a bad name and a father with an alcohol problem, automatically being labeled as a "bad kid." And the boy with the military father, abusive and a little whacko. The fat kid, picked on and ridiculed for his weight.

To me, Gordy represents all of us. I found myself seeing a little of me in Gordy as I watched the film. I don't know if any one else shares this, but it was true. Gordy was not very strong, at first, and was not sure what he wanted, except to be with his friends. Still coping with the loss of his brother and the fact that his father was disrespectful to him, Gordy still stood up for what he believed in. And, in the end he surprised the characters and the viewers by standing up to the bullies that had plagued them all.

This film is certainly one of my top favorites. In fact, it lies in my top three, probably at #2 or #3. I feel that it is a film that everyone should see at some point in their life due to the fact it changes your look at youth and their trials. Few films are able to do that and I think that this one was an inspiration for others that will do the same in the future.

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