Stand by Me

Stand by Me

Rob Reiner (1986)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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 The Body from his primarily non-supernatural collection of stories, Different Seasons. 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 leads a gang of friends (subtly played by the likes of Corey Feldman and River Phoenix) on a rural camping odyssey to find the fabled body of a missing boy. Each of the group is something of a social misfit, and their problems at home are deftly revealed and resolved against some rollicking action sequences (involving an oncoming train, a leech-infested swamp and a vicious junkyard dog) on the way to 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.

Cast & Crew

Gordie Lachance Wil Wheaton
Chris Chambers River Phoenix
Teddy Duchamp Corey Feldman
Vern Tessio Jerry O'Connell
The writer Richard Dreyfuss
Ace Merrill Kiefer Sutherland
Billy Tessio Casey Siemaszko
Charlie Hogan Gary Riley
Eyeball Chambers Bradley Gregg
Vince Desjardins Jason Oliver
Denny Lachance John Cusack
Director Rob Reiner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Cannon-WarnerGuidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray