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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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Rob Reiner

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Raynold Gideon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wil Wheaton ... Gordie Lachance
River Phoenix ... Chris Chambers
Corey Feldman ... Teddy Duchamp
Jerry O'Connell ... Vern Tessio
Kiefer Sutherland ... Ace Merrill
Casey Siemaszko ... Billy Tessio
Gary Riley ... Charlie Hogan
Bradley Gregg ... Eyeball Chambers
Jason Oliver ... Vince Desjardins
Marshall Bell ... Mr. Lachance
Frances Lee McCain ... Mrs. Lachance
Bruce Kirby ... Mr. Quidacioluo
William Bronder William Bronder ... Milo Pressman
Scott Beach Scott Beach ... Mayor Grundy
Richard Dreyfuss ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Body See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$242,795, 16 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,287,414
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kiefer Sutherland claimed in an interview that in one of the locations of the film, a Renaissance Fair was being held and the cast and crew attended and bought some cookies. Unfortunately, the cookies turned out to be pot cookies and two hours later, the crew found Jerry O'Connell crying and high on the cookies somewhere in the park. See more »

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When Gordie goes into Denny's room looking for his canteen, a Michigan State pennant is displayed on the wall. Although the school was officially named "Michigan State University" until 1964, in 1954 the name was changed from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (MSC) to Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science (MSU) in 1954. All that happened in 1964 is that " Agriculture and Applied Science" was dropped from the official name. Thus, the pennant would be correct for the time period, in the late 50's, when the school was referred to as MSU/Michigan State University. See more »

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[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 »

Alternate Versions

In the Spanish Castilian version, Gordie's name was changed to "Cornie" because in Spanish "Gordie" sounded like "Gordi" that means "Fatty", and Wil Wheaton's character wasn't. Also in "Gordie's nightmare when his father calls him Gordon, in the dubbing calls him "Cornell". See more »

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Referenced in In Plain Sight: Stan by Me (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Softly To Me
Written by Gary Troxel (as G. Troxel), Gretchen Christopher (as G. Christopher), and Barbara Ellis (as B. Ellis)
Performed by The Fleetwoods
Published by CBS Unart Catalog, Inc.
Courtesy of EMI America Records
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HELLO? if you've never seen this movie, man you're missin OUT!
16 October 2005 | by AmericanHistoryEXSee all my reviews

I am 14 years old, and I absolutely love this movie. But don't let my age fool you. I'm not just going to sit here and talk about how hott River Pheonix was.

This movie is well rounded in my perspective. Everyone can relate to at least one of the boys in it at one time in their life. The actors are matched perfectly with who their character portrays.Corey Feldman's character Teddy is the boy who's sensitive about his dad, but tries to hide it, Jerry O' Connell's character Vern is the chubby, wussy kid, but still part of the club, Wil Wheaton's character Gordie is the sweet, intelligent friend who tells stories to the other boys and is ignored by his parents, and River Phoenix's character Chris is the boy in the neighborhood that's been labeled a bad kid and feels he'll never get out of their town, the peacemaker, and Gordie's best friend.

This movie just sucks you in as soon as you start watching it. It's not overly mushy and sad, but it's not so tough that only a sixteen year old boy could stand it. You feel for each character, no matter how mean or nice they are. My personal favorite is Chris Chambers, which i know this will probably drive you guys nuts that almost every other person does too, but River Phoenix is just so touching. The campfire scene is great, the milk money seen is great, and one of my favorites is the train scene. You can definitely see the terror in their faces. It's funny that they all act so tough, except maybe Vern, although he tries, and they still like talking about goofy and dancing and singing along to Lollipop. You also just want to be there with them. Feel that kind of friendship that so many people long for. It's such a feel good movie, but not in the sense of a 10 year old's feel good movie. It makes you feel complete when you watch it. It's not jam packed with action sequences or it doesn't have fluffy pink bunnies hopping around in it either. It's just one of a kind. Definitely worth my time and yours.

The newest DVD of Stand By Me (Special Edition) has Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand By Me where all the main actors,except River, and Rob Reiner are interviewed. They also talk about working with River Phoenix. There's also the Stand By Me music video with River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, and obviously Ben E. King. Not to mention an extra CD with some awesome oldie's songs like Everyday, Lollipop, Stand By Me, and Mr. Lee.


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