As promised earlier here is my review of the 1986 film Stand By Me, when this was mentioned in the IMDB top 250 I didn’t recognise it but as I started watching I started to remember the film and that I had indeed watched it a few times before. The film title is taken from the Ben E King’s song that plays over the end credits but is based on the Stephen King’s novel The Body. It tells the story of 4 boys who go on a hike to find the dead body of a missing child.
Starring Wil Wheaton (yes that Wil Wheaton) as Gordie Lachance (aged 12) (with Richard Dreyfuss playing the adult Gordie), River Phoenix as Chris Chambers, Corey Feldman as Teddy Dechamp, Jerry O’Connell as Vern Tessio, Kiefer Sutherland as John “Ace” Merrill, Casey Sismaszko as Billy Tessio, John Cusack as Denny Lachance and Bradley Gregg as Richard Chambers.
Gordie Lachance – a writer, reads a story about how an Attorney – Chris Chambers, is fatally stabbed, and starts narrating a flashback (to Labour Day weekend 1959) about how himself (Gordie) and his friend Chris Chambers along with 2 other friends, Teddy and Vern, decide to set out and find the body of Ray Brower, after Vern overhears his brother Billy discussing how Ray had been struck by a train and killed but his body had yet to be recovered, in the hope of becoming local heroes. The story follows them on the adventure with a run-in with the local Junkyard owner and Gordie’s story telling and after finding the body there run in with the local gang Ace, Billy and Chris’s older brother with Ace drawing his switch blade on Chris but Gordie intervenes by pointing the pistol Chris had taken from his parents and Ace and his gang leave vowing revenge. Gordie and others agree to call the police anonymously to reveal where the body is and walk back into town. Jumping back to the Present an Adult Gordie is writing on his computer with the story and writes that he remained friends with Chris who managed to scrap into college and became a lawyer and in an attempt to break up a fight in the restaurant he was fatally stabbed in the throat. Gordie and Chris had drifted apart from Teddy and Vern.
Watching this again it was weird seeing these actors at this age as over 30 years ago, though the film showed its age it has stood up well and is a good coming of age and friendship film, I enjoyed the soundtrack as well as has one of my favourite old-time songs – Everyday by Buddy Holly. It deserves its place in the IMDB top 250