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Stand By Me (8-Aug-1986)

Director: Rob Reiner

Writers: Raynold Gideon; Bruce A. Evans

From novella: The Body by Stephen King

Music by: Jack Nitzsche

Producers: Andrew Scheinman; Bruce A. Evans; Raynold Gideon

Keywords: Drama, Coming of Age

Four pre-teen boys from small town America learn the location of a dead body, a child struck by a train; they undertake a thirty mile journey to find it. Powerful characterizations reflect on childhood, life, and friendship. Told as a flashback from Gordie, one of the boys. Title is from a Ben E. King song. Received Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Cusack
28-Jun-1966   High Fidelity
Richard Dreyfuss
29-Oct-1947   Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Corey Feldman
16-Jul-1971   The Lost Boys
Jerry O'Connell
17-Feb-1974   Pete Kaczmarek in The Defenders
River Phoenix
23-Aug-1970 31-Oct-1993 My Own Private Idaho
Casey Siemaszko
17-Mar-1961   Three O'Clock High
Kiefer Sutherland
21-Dec-1966   24
Wil Wheaton
29-Jul-1972   Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG


Wil Wheaton   ...   Gordie Lachance
River Phoenix   ...   Chris Chambers
Corey Feldman   ...   Teddy Duchamp
Jerry O'Connell   ...   Vern Tessio
Also Starring
Kiefer Sutherland   ...   Ace Merrill
Casey Siemaszko   ...   Billy Tessio
Gary Riley   ...   Charlie Hogan
Bradley Gregg   ...   Eyeball Chambers
Jason Oliver   ...   Vince Desjardins
Marshall Bell   ...   Mr. Lachance
Frances Lee McCain   ...   Mrs. Lachance
Bruce Kirby   ...   Mr. Quidacioluo
William Bronder   ...   Milo Pressman
Scott Beach   ...   Mayor Grundy
Richard Dreyfuss   ...   The Writer
John Cusack   ...   Denny Lachance
Madeleine Swift   ...   Waitress
Popeye   ...   Chopper
Geanette Bobst   ...   Mayor's Wife
Art Burke   ...   Principal Wiggins
Matt Williams   ...   Bob Cormier
Andy Lindberg   ...   Lardass Hogan
Dick Durock   ...   Bill Travis
O. B. Babbs   ...   Lardass Heckler #1
Charlie Owens   ...   Lardass Heckler #2
Kenneth Hodges   ...   Donelley Twin
John Hodges   ...   Donelley Twin
Susan Thorpe   ...   Fat Lady
Korey Scott Pollard   ...   Moke
Rick Elliott   ...   Jack Mudgett
Kent Luttrell   ...   Ray Brower
Chance Quinn   ...   Gordon's Son
Jason Naylor   ...   His Friend


Review by alisa jones (posted on 29-Mar-2005)

This movie has got to be one of the best movies I have ever seen. This story, about four young boys, is a coming of age classic that is based on a novella by Stephen King called "The Body". Gordie Lachance is now an adult who is reminded of a summer when he was twelve by the death of Chris Chambers, Gordie's old best friend. That summer, four friends go on an adventure that they will never forget. The main character, Gordie (Wil Wheaton), is a shy and sensitive boy whose brother, that he was very close to, died a month ago and gordie is sure that his father hates him. Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) is the leader of this group of friends and Gordie's best friend. Chris, comes from a bad family and everyone in town is convinced that he will turn out bad too, including Chris. Teddy (Corey Feldman) is "The craziest guy we hung around with", in older Gordie's words. His father "stormed the beach at normandy" and never really got over it. A quote from the movie by older Gordie, "His father was given to fits of rage. One time he held teddy's ear to a stove and almost burnt it off." Teddy often imagines his father as an all-American hero that went to war to defend his country and is very sensitive in that sense. Vern Castilo, the scaredy cat, is constantly being picked on because of his weight and is the butt of every joke. As you can see, they all have their share of problems, so when Vern comes into the clubhouse one day bearing news that he overheard the place of a recently missing dead boy, all four boys agree that if they find the body they would be famous. The boys decide walk the train tracks and find the body, but the adventure quickly turns into an odessy of self discovery.Unfortunatly, The local gang decides to find the body and they have a CAR. They four friends sneak smokes, cuss because it's cool, and stand by each other when the going gets tough.

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