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About the Movie
In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends -sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O'Connell) - are in search of a missing teenager's body. Wanting to be heroes in each other's and their hometown's eyes, they set out on an unforgettable two-day trek that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery. They sneak smokes, tell tall tales, cuss 'cause it's cool and band together when the going gets tough. When they encounter the town's knife-welding hoods who are also after the body, the boys discover a strength they never knew they had. Stand By Me is a rare and special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up. Filled with humor and suspense, it is based on the novella 'The Body' by Stephen King.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 53
- Fresh: 48
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Good luck choking back the tears, folks.
Fresh: Scripters have written inspired dialog for this quartet of plucky boys at that hard-to-capture age when they're still young enough to get scared and yet old enough to want to sneak smokes and cuss.
Fresh: It stands, sweet and strong, ribald, outrageous and funny, like its heroes themselves -- a bit gamy around the edges, perhaps, but pure and fine clear through. It's one of those treasures absolutely not to be missed.
Fresh: It's as effective in 2009 as it was upon its initial release, and the richness of its tapestry, densely woven from human emotions and character interaction, ensure it will never lose that relevance.
An Awe Inspiringly Good Movie
Easily one of my top 10 movies of all time, and I still cry every time I watch it.
A Must Buy
This is one of the greatest movies of all time. A true american classic. If you're reading this, then you should definitely rent this movie. If only itunes would let us buy it though :(
One of the Best
One of the best movies I have ever seen. Great performances by some of Hollywoods brightest young talent at the time.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1986
- © 1986 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- Stand By Me (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Various Artists