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Stand by Me

  • Drama
  • 1986
  • Rob Reiner
  • 84 mins
  • 15

Summary

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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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Gordie LachanceWil Wheaton
Chris ChambersRiver Phoenix
Teddy DuchampCorey Feldman
Vern TessioJerry O'Connell
The writerRichard Dreyfuss
Ace MerrillKiefer Sutherland
Billy TessioCasey Siemaszko
Charlie HoganGary Riley
Eyeball ChambersBradley Gregg
Vince DesjardinsJason Oliver
Denny LachanceJohn Cusack

Crew

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DirectorRob Reiner

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Cannon-Warner
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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