Stand By Me


(out of 5)

Poignant, unforgettable film that captures the passage from boyhood to the adult world with such strong detail and swift movement, imitated countless times since it was made but without comparison. Three twelve year-olds are inspired to insatiable curiousity when their fourth friend ( in his film debut) tells them that he knows where a dead body can be found. The other three, a misunderstood rebel (), a mouthy victim of child abuse () and a timid but promising whizkid () insist on seeing the body, so the foursome make plans for a day’s journey to find it. Along the way, the boys talk, bond, skirt danger, and find out that life is a little bit more complicated than what they’ve learned from comic books and movies. What’s most magnificent about this coming-of-age tale is that director Rob Reiner makes sure that these kids always talk like kids; their bonding around a campfire isn’t as a result of them magically knowing the secrets of the universe, it’s because they talk about their favourite foods (Pez) and the zoological nature of Goofy with three friends on their own peer level. Funny, quietly sad, shrewd and memorable, it’s a standout adaptation of anything written by Stephen King (in this case his short story The Body) and a high point in Reiner’s directorial career.

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USA, 1986

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the novella The Body by

Cinematography by

Produced by Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium) (Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Rob Reiner)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Adapted Screenplay

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Rob Reiner)

Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Best Feature
Best Director (Rob Reiner)
Best Screenplay



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