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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Wil WheatonGordie Lachance
River PhoenixChris Chambers
Corey FeldmanTeddy Duchamp
Jerry O'ConnellVern Tessio
Kiefer SutherlandAce Merrill
Casey SiemaszkoBilly Tessio
Gary RileyCharlie Hogan
Bradley GreggEyeball Chambers
Jason OliverVince Desjardins
Marshall BellMr. Lachance
Frances Lee McCainMrs. Lachance
Bruce KirbyMr. Quidacioluo
William BronderMilo Pressman
Scott BeachMayor Grundy
Richard DreyfussThe Writer
John CusackDenny Lachance
Madeleine SwiftWaitress
PopeyeChopper
Geanette BobstMayor's Wife
Art BurkePrincipal Wiggins
Matt WilliamsBob Cormier

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 89 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 8, 1986
    EuropeMar 13, 1987
    JapanApr 18, 1987
    AustraliaMar 19, 1987
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanPG-12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMar 22, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 9, 1997
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