One of the most classic and quotable coming-of-age films ever made, Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s short story The Body is at once hilarious and heartbreaking, and a spot-on time capsule of small-town America in the 1950s.
“It stands, sweet and strong, ribald, outrageous and funny, like its heroes themselves … it’s one of those treasures absolutely not to be missed.” – Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
The ‘80s dream team of Will Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell star as four best friends on the precipice of junior high school, enjoying a summer of small-fry hijinx. When the boys – intellectual Gordie (Wheaton), born leader Chris (Phoenix), emotionally disturbed Teddy (Feldman) and chubby hanger-on Vern (O’Connell) – trek into the woods outside their Oregon hometown to find the rumored dead body of a young boy who went missing, what starts out as a fun adventure (well, as fun as finding a dead body can be) soon turns into a life-changing experience for all of them, with nasty high school bully Ace (Keifer Sutherland) dogging their every step. Entertaining, moving and raucously funny (prepare yourself for the infamous blueberry pie eating contest), Stand by Me examines all the joy and pain of growing up with an honest and deft touch. (Dir. by Rob Reiner, 1986, USA, 89 mins., Rated R)