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In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends--sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O'Connell)--are in search of a missing teenager's body. Wanting to be heroes in each other's and their hometown's eyes, they set out on an unforgettable two-day trek that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery. They sneak smokes, tell tall tales, cuss 'cause it's cool and band together when the going gets tough. When they encounter the town's knife-wielding hoods who are also after the body, the boys discover a strength they never knew they had. Stand By Me is a rare and special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up. Filled with humor and suspense, Stand By Me is based on the novella 'The Body' by Stephen King.
A sleeper hit when released in 1986, Stand by Me is based on Stephen King's novella "The Body" (from the book Different Seasons); but it's more about the joys and pains of boyhood friendship than a morbid fascination with corpses. It's about four boys ages 12 and 13 (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell) who take an overnight hike through the woods near their Oregon town to find the body of a boy who's been missing for days. Their journey includes a variety of scary adventures (including a ferocious junkyard dog, a swamp full of leeches, and a treacherous leap from a train trestle), but it's also a time for personal revelations, quiet interludes, and the raucous comradeship of best friends. Set in the 1950s, the movie indulges an overabundance of anachronistic profanity and a kind of idealistic, golden-toned nostalgia (it's told in flashback as a story written by Wheaton's character as an adult, played by Richard Dreyfuss). But it's delightfully entertaining from start to finish, thanks to the rapport among its young cast members and the timeless, universal themes of friendship, family, and the building of character and self-esteem. Kiefer Sutherland makes a memorable teenage villain, and look closely for John Cusack in a flashback scene as Wheaton's now-deceased and dearly missed brother. A genuine crowd-pleaser, this heartfelt movie led director Rob Reiner to even greater success with his next film, The Princess Bride. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Excellent movie of course. Arrived and a very timely fashion and price cannot be beat!Published 1 month ago by Amy Wald
This is a classic and one we have watched many times over the years. Like "The Ousiders", it is fun to see what some actors looked like when they were younger.Published 4 months ago by Lawrence
Rob Reiner's Cult film that launched Will Weaton's and River Phoenix's careers;
a touching and realistic summer adventure with a musical track that will take you back in time!
This movie is definitely a classic. Watched it as a kid, and still love it now. One of the best.Published 16 months ago by Imakittycat
Great young actors and brings you back to a worry free simple time.Recommend watching this movie to bring the kid out of you and enjoy life like you once hadPublished 19 months ago by Gary Szilagyi
Stand By Me is a story of the coming of age of 4 teenage boys on a quest to find the body of another teenager who has gone missing & is rumored to have been struck by a train. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2013 by Misty
the reason why i chose this rating is cause this is a great movie and its one of my fave movies ever to watchPublished on Sept. 3 2013 by Brian Cochrane