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Director:
Writers:
Stephen King (novel)
Raynold Gideon (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 August 1986 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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.
Plot:
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Biggest one in four counties See more (547 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Rob Reiner 
 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novella "The Body")

Raynold Gideon (screenplay) &
Bruce A. Evans (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce A. Evans .... producer
Raynold Gideon .... producer
Andrew Scheinman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas Del Ruth 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Leighton 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington  (as Dennis Washington)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard D. Kent 
 
Makeup Department
Cheri Ruff .... hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Steve Nicolaides .... production manager
Jeffrey Stott .... production supervisor (as Jeff Stott)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Behnke .... second assistant director
Carol D. Bonnefil .... additional second assistant director (as Carol Bonnefil)
Irby Smith .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Dave Brown .... construction coordinator (as David Brown)
Richard L. Cowitt .... assistant props (as Richard Cowitt)
Toni Devereaux .... signwriter
Russell Goble .... property master
Michael Hawthorne .... painter
Darrell Huntsman .... greensman
Michael Kohan .... swing gang
Norm Lewis .... swing gang
Richard McKenzie .... set designer
Brenda Meyers-Ballard .... lead woman
Erica Miller .... swing gang
Jim Ondrejko .... construction foreman (as James Ondrejko)
David Sherman .... stand-by painter
Tom Cranham .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Terry Lynn Allen .... sound editor (as Terry Allen)
Lorna Anderson .... sound editor
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom operator (as Doug Arnold)
Rick Ash .... foley artist
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Eber .... sound mixer (as Bob Eber)
Joe Gilbert .... assistant sound editor
Stan Gilbert .... adr editor (as Stanley Gilbert)
Randy Kelley .... sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist (as J. Dan O'Connell)
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan M. Rich .... sound editor (as Dan Rich)
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (as Greg Rudloff)
Sean Rush .... cable person
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist (as Alicia M. Stevenson)
Amy Vincent .... assistant sound editor
Dan M. Rich .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Henry Millar .... special effects
Rick Thompson .... special effects (as Richard L. Thompson)
 
Visual Effects by
Ken Marschall .... matte artist
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Introvision (uncredited)
Jon Macht .... visual effects editor: Introvision Systems, Inc. (uncredited)
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
David Stump .... effects director of photography (uncredited)
Marcus Tate .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
Rick Barker .... stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Jack Carpenter .... stunts
Brian R. Carson .... stunts (as Brian Carson)
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts (as Doc Charbonneau)
Gary Cox .... stunts
Harvey Keith .... stunts
Sherry Peterson .... stunts
Rick Seaman .... stunts (as Richard Seaman)
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (as Monty Simmons)
John Walker .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Danny Buck .... gaffer
Jeff Butters .... best boy gaffer
Romeo De Santis Jr. .... electrician
Craig Denault .... camera operator
David Fay .... key grip
Buzz Feitshans IV .... assistant camera
Sherman Fulton .... electrician
Antonio V. Garrido .... grip (as Tony Garrido)
Jack Glenn .... grip
Jerry Glenn .... electrician
Christopher Ishii .... assistant camera
Gary B. Kibbe .... camera operator
Gerald A. King .... best boy grip (as Jerry King)
Jon L. Kunkel .... assistant camera
David L. Merrill .... dolly grip (as David Merrill)
Michael G. Riba .... assistant camera (as Michael Riba)
Greg Rundo .... grip
P.J. Sherman .... grip
Ronald Vidor .... panaglide operator
 
Casting Department
Michael Hirshenson .... casting associate
Katherine Wilson .... extras casting: Eugene
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas Costich .... wardrobe (as Tom Costich)
Sue Moore .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Mallory Gottlieb .... assistant editor
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Cathy Rosenstein .... post-production coordinator
Adam Weiss .... assistant editor
Lisa Morlas .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Brian Banks .... music programmer
Brian Banks .... musician
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Mark Curry .... music recording engineer
Anthony Marinelli .... music programmer
Anthony Marinelli .... musician
Celest Ray .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Helen Mercier .... transportation co-captain
Rick Mercier .... transportation captain
Tim Roslan .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Tom Ajar .... projectionist
Jerry Atwood .... projectionist
Peter Benoit .... unit publicist
Faye Brenner .... script supervisor
Mark Cooper .... production assistant
Leslie Cornyn .... post-production accountant
Tim Danforth .... production assistant
Tomalene Evans .... production secretary
Ernie Fuentes .... first aid
Elizabeth Galloway .... production coordinator
Rick George .... craft service
Spencer Howard .... production assistant
Janet Julian .... production secretary
K. Lenna Katich .... production accountant
Elizabeth Latshaw .... production assistant
Mitch Marcus .... assistant: Mr. Nicolaides
Steve Mason .... caterer
Toni E. Mercier .... assistant production accountant
Karl Lewis Miller .... dog trainer
James R. Powell .... production assistant
Jay Smith .... production assistant
Kimberly Smith .... production assistant
Madeleine Swift .... personal assistant: Mr. Reiner
Pam Trzaska .... first aid
Ron Welch .... caterer
Ken Young .... caterer
 
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89 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the scene where the guys are cutting "cobra" into their arms, a VW Beetle can seen among the old cars. The style of tail lights on the car show it to be anywhere from a '62 to '66 model year, while the movie takes place in 1959.See more »
Quotes:
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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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206 out of 240 people found the following review useful.
Biggest one in four counties, 2 July 1999
Author: Dan Grant (dan.grant@bell.ca) from Toronto, Ontario

Perhaps this is a personal bias because I had friends like this when I was 12, but having said that this is one of the best films I have ever seen and it hits every chord perfectly.

There were four of us that were friends and we were known as the Stand By Me Crew. Mike, Gary, Andy and myself were inseparable. And as this film prophesizes correctly, the group has since split up and now I am only good friends with one of them. This movie makes you remember what it was like to have friends when you were 12 and it makes you glad that they were there when they were.

The story involves these four kids going on a weekend hike to find a dead kid that apparently got hit by a train. Now if that is all the movie was about, it would probably be pretty boring. But this film explores the fears and anxieties of what it was like to be 12 again. Twelve year olds deal with a plethora of issues and it is not often that adults listen to what kids have to say or see what they deal with. But this film is honest about it's assessment of how they feel.

The four boys are played brilliantly by Wil Wheaton, Jerry O'Connell

Coosh from Jerry Maguire ), Corey Feldman and River Phoenix. The story moves along and hits a nerve because of the life that these four actors brings to their characters. There is a real sense of comrarderie between the four of them. But ultimately it is Phoenix that brings the most life to his character and I would say that the milk money scene with him and Gordie (Wheaton) is one of the more touching and poignant scenes ever filmed.

What Stand By Me does is brings you back to a time when friendship was more pure and innocent and meant more. You can't help but get caught up in the nostalgia. Perhaps this film means more to me for personal reasons ( as I've already stated ) but it is a wonderful film and it should be enjoyed by everyone.

The last line of the movie is so true. Do we really ever have friends as good as the ones when we were twelve? I doubt it.

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