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Based on Stephen King's novella THE BODY, director Rob Reiner's STAND BY ME is the disarmingly tender and subtly sublime story of four kids on the precipice of early adulthood who embark upon a quest. There's Gordie (Wil Wheaton), the intelligent, creative one with the obviously bright future. His best buddy, Chris (River Phoenix), hardens his image in order to hide the pain from the physical abuse he endures at home, all the while harboring the hope of escaping that image. Rounding out the foursome are Vern (Jerry O'Conne ... (Full plot summary below)
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Based on Stephen King's novella THE BODY, director Rob Reiner's STAND BY ME is the disarmingly tender and subtly sublime story of four kids on the precipice of early adulthood who embark upon a quest. There's Gordie (Wil Wheaton), the intelligent, creative one with the obviously bright future. His best buddy, Chris (River Phoenix), hardens his image in order to hide the pain from the physical abuse he endures at home, all the while harboring the hope of escaping that image. Rounding out the foursome are Vern (Jerry O'Connell), the pudgy tagalong, and Teddy (Corey Feldman), a loyal and funny but troubled kid with a death wish.
When the four boys hear about a dead body 20 miles down the railroad tracks from their small Oregon town, they clandestinely set upon the unwieldly journey to lay eyes on this rare find. Amid numerous misadventures, Gordie, Chris, Vern, and Teddy savor what may be their last chance to revel in the simple life of children; around the corner is a future that could tear them apart, not to mention a tough teen gang who desires local fame by finding the body first. Enhanced by excellent performances and an engaging plot, STAND BY ME ranks among the best of the myriad coming-of-age films to dot the 1980s cinematic landscape.
The most important film ever to be made about childhood; Stand By Me stands out as being one of the funniest, emotional and poignant coming of age movies that has ever been made. I know of very few films that come close to touching the sheer brilliance of this classic.
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- To keep in character, Kiefer Sutherland would often pick on the four younger leads while off-camera.
- The scene where Gordie and Vern look terrified on the train-tracks was due to Rob Reiner shouting at them. He was frustrated that they didn't look scared enough in the scene and so ranted at them until they began to cry.
- Because director Rob Reiner was strongly opposed to smoking, the cigarettes that the boys smoke are made out of cabbage leaves.
- Corey Feldman has stated that of all the characters he has played in movies, his character in this, Teddy, comes closest to his personality in real-life.
- This film was based on Stephen King's semi-autobiographical story The Body.
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Stand By Me Awards
Academy Award Nominations: 1
- 1987: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium - Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans.
Golden Globe Award Nominations: 2
- 1987: Best Director, Motion Picture - Rob Reiner
- 1987: Best Motion Picture - Drama