Stand by Me

Stand by Me

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Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Rob Reiner, Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman

     
 

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Based on the Stephen King short story The Body, Rob Reiner's easygoing nostalgia piece is set in Castle Rock, OR, over Labor Day weekend, 1959. A quartet of boys, inseparable friends all, set out in search of a dead body that one of the boys overhears his brother talking about. The foursome consists of intellectual Gordie (Wil Wheaton), born leader Chris (RiverSee more details below

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Based on the Stephen King short story The Body, Rob Reiner's easygoing nostalgia piece is set in Castle Rock, OR, over Labor Day weekend, 1959. A quartet of boys, inseparable friends all, set out in search of a dead body that one of the boys overhears his brother talking about. The foursome consists of intellectual Gordie (Wil Wheaton), born leader Chris (River Phoenix), emotionally disturbed Teddy (Corey Feldman), and chubby hanger-on Vern (Jerry O'Connell). The boys' adventures en route to the elusive body are colored by the personal pressures brought to bear on all of them by the adult world. Richard Dreyfuss, playing the grown-up Gordie, narrates the film, while Kiefer Sutherland dominates every scene he's in as a brutish high-school bully.

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A likable film punctuated by standout performances, Stand by Me is an interesting variation on the standard coming-of-age period film. Based on a short story by Stephen King, Stand by Me deals with preteen concerns instead of teen ones. Director Rob Reiner successfully keeps the nostalgia and sentimentality in check; and he places a remarkable amount of faith in his young cast. Of the four leads, River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton deliver sensitive, complex performances which belie their age. Jerry O'Connell and teen heartthrob Corey Feldman round out the cast, and Kiefer Sutherland and John Cusack appear in small but memorable roles. For Reiner, the film was a significant shift in tone after the comedies This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and The Sure Thing (1985). It marked his first attempt at more serious fare; his success with the comedy drama of Stand by Me would pave the way for his later hits, When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Misery (1990).

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
UPC:
0043396055346
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director
Rick Barker Stunts
Bruce A. Evans Producer,Screenwriter
Ray Gideon Producer,Screenwriter
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Robert Leighton Editor
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Henry Millar Special Effects
Susan Moore Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Nicolaides Production Manager
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Celest Ray Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
Andrew Scheinman Producer
Richard Thompson Special Effects
Dennis Washington Production Designer
Monty Westmore Makeup
Stephen King Source Author

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