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Stand by Me
Sun 9 Jul 8:10am - 9:45am
Sky Cinema Select
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Rob Reiner's bucolic, nostalgic drama is widely agreed to be one of the most successful adaptations of a story by horror master Stephen King - in this case, a novella called
from his primarily non-supernatural collection of stories,
. It's a likeable but hard-centred picaresque set in 1950s Oregon that blends the themes of childhood friendship, parental pressure and the loss of innocence into a Boy Scout-style roving adventure. The bookish Wil Wheaton (played by Richard Dreyfuss as an adult) leads a gang of friends on a rural camping odyssey to find the fabled body of a missing boy. Each is something of a social misfit, subtly played by the young cast, which includes the late River Phoenix and Corey Feldman (
), and their problems at home are deftly revealed and resolved against rollicking action sequences (involving an oncoming train, a leech-infested swamp and a vicious junkyard dog) and an eventual showdown with bullies.
Four 12-year-old best friends embark on a life-changing adventure in the Oregon wilderness in search of a missing teenager's body, unaware of the trials and triumphs that await them. Rob Reiner's 1950s-set coming-of-age drama, based on a novella by Stephen King, starring River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland and Richard Dreyfuss.
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