A growing up film for grown-ups: a classic coming-of-age story
"Stand by Me" is such an excellent coming-of-age story that I almost
wish I'd grown up in the '50s. I can only imagine then, for anyone who
has, the kinds of emotions through memories that the Stephen King
novella-turned Rob Reiner film must evoke. Still, anyone who's gone
through puberty can appreciate the adventuresome innocence yet
underscored maturity of "Stand by Me."
Taking place in the summer of 1959, the film is a childhood memory
retold by Gordie Lachance (Dreyfus) of when he was 12 (played by Wil
Wheaton) and he and three friends named Chris (River Phoenix), Teddy
(Corey Feldman) and Vern (Jerry O'Connell) journeyed away from their
Oregonian small town to find a missing teenager's dead body and fulfill
an absent sense of adventure.
Leaving behind their troubled home lives, the boys soon discover
something else when they're out on their alone with only their own
decisions to guide their actions. They make these choices together,
quarrel together, look out for each other's backs and bare themselves
emotionally in front of one another. You get the sense that if adults
took this same journey that events would not have unfolded the same,
with each man looking out primarily for himself. A boy, however, has
nothing but his friends to help save him from a world that wants only
to swipe his innocence away. That's the real power of childhood that
this story unearths as it tries to understand that golden hue over our
Incredible, then, is Rob Reiner's achievement at making such a mature
film about so much more than childhood with only children as the main
characters. He captures these young boys on camera in a way that makes
them appear like tiny sages helping us make sense of our own past.
Having come only from rock mockumentary "This is Spinal Tap" at this
point in his career, it's incredible the kind of performance Reiner
gets from these boys.
Young star Wheaton is instantly the boy we identify with most: he's
quiet, doesn't pick on anyone, but commands the respect of his friends.
Feldman, child star of the '80s, sheds his nerdy "Goonies" character to
become the daredevil of the group, which he manages to excel at.
O'Connell plays the scared fat kid who gets picked on the most and
Phoenix, giving easily the best performance of the four, is the tough
kid with a good head on his shoulders who is really sensitive inside.
There's no doubt that if Phoenix hadn't died tragically in the '90s
that he would've become a major acting force as an adult. John Cusack
makes a cameo as Gordie's deceased older brother and Kiefer Sutherland
also appears as Ace, the leader of a gang of teenagers who are also
after the body, but this film belongs to the young ones through and
Giving the children their authenticity are writers Raynold Gideon and
Bruce A. Evans. These are normal pre-teenage boys above all else: they
fight and pick on each other, have temper tantrums and occasionally
break down into tears. Beautifully constructed is the metaphor of
children following railroad tracks to an inevitable and shocking
Stories about growing up are commonplace in Hollywood, but none will
impress you like "Stand by Me." It's the only film starring children
that serves adults first and that places it in a folder in history
where it might never be touched again. It's really a treasure of a
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A great period movie that has to do with pure friendship in the 1950's. Four friends venture off together to find a local kid killed by a train. River Phoenix does a fantastic job as the bad boy of the group, but is loyal to his buddies. Wil Wheaton is the smart one of the group, who lives in the shadow of his older brother who died in an accident. A true classic movie about real friendship..
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And its still my favorite movie! Everythings been said and done about this movie. But I just thought I would put my own opinion on it. I'm 14 years old. I seen this movie for the first time this summer. And I bought it. After that, I've watched it over 50 times. I showed it to all my friends, they all watched it. They also, all loved it. So I thought I'd just mention how this movie, which was probably my grandmothers favorite movie back in the day, can still be popular for kids my age. It makes me wish i lived in those days, it makes me want to be a part of their gang. With "Chris Chambers", and all of those unique and hilarious characters. It makes me want to have my own adventure like they did. I recommend this movie to everyone! Because I think everyone will like it just as much as I did.. Also I recommended Download Free The Spirit Of '43 Movie.
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this movie is an awesome selection for a good, classic movie for the family!!.
Absolute Classisc... THis boyhood drama and comedy will bring you back to the time when you were growing up going on "awesome" adventures with your friends getting into stuff you had no business being a part of and acting older than you actually were. The scenes are played out very well by the young actors and portray life as a kid and the introspective thoughts we had at a young age. Must See..
Saw this movie and it's awesome... so much about growing up.
Absolutly beautiful, deffinitly from the mind of mr. King.
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HELLO? if you've never seen this movie, man you're missin OUT!
I am 14 years old, and I absolutely love this movie. But don't let my
age fool you. I'm not just going to sit here and talk about how hott
River Pheonix was.
This movie is well rounded in my perspective. Everyone can relate to at
least one of the boys in it at one time in their life. The actors are
matched perfectly with who their character portrays.Corey Feldman's
character Teddy is the boy who's sensitive about his dad, but tries to
hide it, Jerry O' Connell's character Vern is the chubby, wussy kid,
but still part of the club, Wil Wheaton's character Gordie is the
sweet, intelligent friend who tells stories to the other boys and is
ignored by his parents, and River Phoenix's character Chris is the boy
in the neighborhood that's been labeled a bad kid and feels he'll never
get out of their town, the peacemaker, and Gordie's best friend.
This movie just sucks you in as soon as you start watching it. It's not
overly mushy and sad, but it's not so tough that only a sixteen year
old boy could stand it. You feel for each character, no matter how mean
or nice they are. My personal favorite is Chris Chambers, which i know
this will probably drive you guys nuts that almost every other person
does too, but River Phoenix is just so touching. The campfire scene is
great, the milk money seen is great, and one of my favorites is the
train scene. You can definitely see the terror in their faces. It's
funny that they all act so tough, except maybe Vern, although he tries,
and they still like talking about goofy and dancing and singing along
to Lollipop. You also just want to be there with them. Feel that kind
of friendship that so many people long for. It's such a feel good
movie, but not in the sense of a 10 year old's feel good movie. It
makes you feel complete when you watch it. It's not jam packed with
action sequences or it doesn't have fluffy pink bunnies hopping around
in it either. It's just one of a kind. Definitely worth my time and
The newest DVD of Stand By Me (Special Edition) has Walking the Tracks:
The Summer of Stand By Me where all the main actors,except River, and
Rob Reiner are interviewed. They also talk about working with River
Phoenix. There's also the Stand By Me music video with River Phoenix,
Wil Wheaton, and obviously Ben E. King. Not to mention an extra CD with
some awesome oldie's songs like Everyday, Lollipop, Stand By Me, and