My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

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

Academy Awards 1986

Golden Globe Awards 1986

Independent Spirit Awards 1986.  

One comment on “Stand By Me

  1. vinnieh
    November 11, 2014

    Great review, this movie never gets old.

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