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Stephen King (novel)
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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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:
The movie is based on a short story called "The Body" by Stephen King from a book of short stories called "Different Seasons" which also includes "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" which became The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and "Apt Pupil" (Apt Pupil (1998)).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gordie and the others get back to town and are saying good-bye, the positions of Gordie and Chris change.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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Soundtrack:
Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)See more »

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Is "Stand by Me" based on a book?
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What did Vern mean when he called the coin flip a "goocher"?
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60 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
It's not a GUY'S film only, 3 December 2003
Author: Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois

Without a doubt this movie is probably the best coming of age flick around, it has terrific acting and an incredibly touching plot that keeps you going throughout the whole film. I think the reason I love this film so much is because, everyone in some way could relate to it. When you're a pre-teen and have a close group of friends and face something so intense together, there's that special bond that no matter how much you loose touch with each other, one day, you just think of them and that one incident.

Stand by Me is about 4 pre-teen boys whose summer is about to end and they are about to start junior high. They've obviously grown up together and are nervous of the world they are about to face, where they are no longer kids, but just about to become adults. When their friend, Vern, tells them about a kid their age that is missing that he found out by listening in on his brother where the kid's body is, the boys think it would be so cool to find the body and become the local town heroes. They have one problem though, there are these big tough guys who want to find the body first, it's a matter of who will reach it first. But of course, it's the bonding of the boys that really gets you into the film.

These are some of the best characters I have seen on film, we start with Gordy. Gordy is an intelligent writer who lost his big brother, his idol, in a car crash recently and can't get any love or respect from his father and it's obvious that he gets it from his friends. That's what keeps him going. Chris is the leader of the gang and Gordy's best friend, he comes from a very bad family and is dubbed the bad seed everywhere, he's the kid who you knew in school and just knew he'd turn out bad, but there's a deeper side to him. The speech that River Phoenix turned out for Chris was so beautifully dilvered as a child who's been disappointed so many times by an adult.

Teddy is another bad kid sort of speak, he has a bad home life where his father is crazy and nearly killed him a few times. He has a quick temper, but you can tell that his friends keep him down to Earth and help him through the worst times. Then there's Vern, the funny fat kid who is pretty much scarred of everything, and in some ways is the 4th wheel. Still, Vern you can tell is a great friend and the other's appreciate him despite how he can hold them back.

The acting is just phenomenal. Now, the directing, Rob Reiner is without a doubt one of the best directors of all time, he took these young boys and pushed them to their limits, he was so smart about it as well. He said in an interview that he had to get pre-teen boys who were close to the personality of the character in the film, so it would come natural to the pre-teen actors, and you could tell that this film was his baby, he put so much thought and love into this film. That's what makes this film so special, nothing could ever compete with a coming of age film like Stand By Me.

10/10

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