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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

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Columbia Pictures, concerned that the original title, "The Body", was misleading, renamed the film "Stand by Me". According to screenwriter Raynold Gideon, " . . . it sounded like either a sex film, a bodybuilding film or another Stephen King horror film. Rob Reiner came up with 'Stand by Me' [after the Ben E. King song], and it ended up being the least unpopular option." See more »

Goofs

The camera tripod can be seen in Teddy's glasses when Teddy and Chris are arguing on the railroad tracks. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Soundtracks

Lollipop
by Beverly Ross (as B. Ross) and Julius Dixson (as J. Dixon)
Performed by The Chordettes
Published by Edward D. Marks Music Company
Courtesy of Barnaby Records Inc.
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User Reviews

 
This classic film is worth a watch!
9 December 2004 | by Grace GlaserSee all my reviews

This film is a brilliant, well-acted masterpiece! What touched me the most was the late River Phoenix's acting, but all of the young actors performances were incredible. They are why you should see this film. 'Stand By Me' is not a bubblegum Disney film, nor a dry Hollywood film; it is a movie that captures childhood in a poignant, non-candy coated manner that is dead on. I saw this movie only a couple months ago and was blown away by it's style and acting. It is rare that you see such fresh, relaxed and deep performances that the actors in this film offered. Although this is not a recent film, it is a genuine, inspiring film that is so refreshing-being so different than the films Hollywood often gives us. I give this film a 100+ and recommend it to everyone. You will benefit from it's message and it's wonderful acting.


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