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Based on Stephen King's novella THE BODY, director Rob Reiner's STAND BY ME is the disarmingly tender and subtly sublime story of four kids on the precipice of early adulthood who embark upon a quest. There's Gordie (Wil Wheaton), the intelligent, creative one with the obviously bright future. His best buddy, Chris (River Phoenix), hardens his image in order to hide the pain from the physical abuse he endures at home, all the while harboring the hope of escaping that image. Rounding out the foursome are Vern (Jerry O'Connell), the pudgy tagalong, and Teddy (Corey Feldman), a loyal and funny but troubled kid with a death wish. <br> <br> When the four boys hear about a dead body 20 miles down the railroad tracks from their small Oregon town, they clandestinely set upon the unwieldy journey to lay eyes on this rare find. Amid numerous misadventures, Gordie, Chris, Vern, and Teddy savor what may be their last chance to revel in the simple life of children; around the corner is a future that could tear them ...
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CastJason Oliver
DirectorRob Reiner
Release Date:  1986
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (March 22, 2005)
Runtime:  1hr 27min
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review by . May 29, 2000
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Pros: great movie     Cons: ......     I wasn't sure whether to review the movie or the semi-autobiographical book, but for once this Stephen King article transfers finely to the screen. In fact, the movie adaptation is even better to me. Starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell as four young boys facing the last summer of their childhood before entering that strange land known as ‘teenagers'.      This story …
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