• Stand by Me (1986)

Stand by Me

Release Date: 1986

DVD Release Date: August 19th, 1997

R |1 hr 29 min

Plot Summary

After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell), Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) and Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) encounter a mean junk man and a marsh full of leeches, as they also learn more about one another and their very different home lives. Just a lark at first, the boys' adventure evolves into a defining event in their lives.

Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, John Cusack, Gary Riley

Director: Rob Reiner

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Brother , Endearing , 1950s , Friend , Father , 1980s , Brooding , Growing up , Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The richness of its tapestry, densely woven from human emotions and character interaction, ensure it will never lose that relevance. show more

  • 100
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after.

  • 80

    Stand by Me is easily one of the best Stephen King adaptations and one of the best coming-of-age stories ever made. show more

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Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture