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Stand by Me (1986)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gordie Lachance
... Chris Chambers
... Teddy Duchamp
... Vern Tessio
... Ace Merrill
... Billy Tessio
... Charlie Hogan
... Eyeball Chambers
... Vince Desjardins
... Mr. Lachance
... Mrs. Lachance
... Mr. Quidacioluo
William Bronder ... Milo Pressman
Scott Beach ... Mayor Grundy
... The Writer
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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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Adventure | Drama

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26 November 1986 (USA)  »

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The Body  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$242,795, 16 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,287,414
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Trivia

River Phoenix had auditioned for the part of Gordie Lachance, but director Rob Reiner thought that he would be better cast as Chris Chambers. See more »

Goofs

When the boys set out on their Journey, there is a shot that shows them walking on the tracks and singing "The Ballad of Paladin" which is a song originally written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone and Sam Wolfe and released in June of 1962. However, the movie was set in pre-1960's Oregon. The boys obviously know the lyrics, which would lead one to believe it was a recent hit on radio. But the song hadn't even been released per the setting of the film. However, the song was used at the end of every TV episode of "Have Gun - Will Travel" from 1959 to 1963 so the boys learned the song from watching the TV series. See more »

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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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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 »

Connections

Featured in I Love the '80s: 1986 (2002) See more »

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Come Go with Me
Written by Clarence Quick (as C.E. Quick)
Performed by The Del Vikings
Published by Gil Music Corp. / Fee Bee Music Co.
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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I remember.....
22 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

I find it hard to comment on this film without simply repeating what has already been said. It's not that I can't think of anything original, but that others seem to have felt the exact same emotions as I did when watching this film.

I saw this movie when I was about 12, 13, maybe 14 years old. So it didn't have the same nostalgic sense it had for so many. But what it did, was make me ache for those memories. I wanted (in the words of another reviewer) to be 12, and *that* cool. I wished I had been like that, that I had had friends like that, laughed like that, and had adventures like that.

The 'milk-money' scene was probably one of my all-time favourite scenes in movie history. Up until I saw this movie I had never held much regard for River Phoenix, but the poignancy and sincerity which River added to the role of Chris Chambers touched me to the point of tears. I read in yet another review that in this scene, River was asked to think of a time when he had been hurt by an adult, and that even after the cameras stopped rolling, River sat there still, sobbing and hurting. And I felt every tear and heard every word as though I were there with Chris.

This movie made me laugh, cry, rejoice and fear with Chris, Gordie, Teddy and Vern. I loved the campfire scenes, and today I look back on my own childhood, and remember with a laugh the amazingly similar things I used to laugh and wonder about with my friends. I remember dreaming about being a writer and an actress, I remember standing up to bullies, I remember walking or riding with my friends, I remember being afraid, and crying onto a friend's shoulder.

I guess what this movie does for everyone, is take them back in time, even though the situations may have been different, chances are you'll find the similarities, and remember with a smile that yes, your life was once *that* cool. In the words of Vern, "a great time"

I especially loved the ending. That they found out who was strong, and who just talked tough. I loved the last scene with Chris and Gordie, and the closing monologue.

"I never had any friends later on, like the ones I had when I was twelve...Jesus....does anyone?"


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