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Stand By Me (1986)Stand By Me (1986)

Stand By Me (1986)

Friendship and boyhood are the mainstays of this coming-of-age classic

Adventure, Crime, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.5

movie

United States of America

English

Character-driven, Discussion-sparking, Dramatic

1986

Rob Reiner

Bradley Gregg, Bruce Kirby, Casey Siemaszko

89 min

Synopsis

Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern are four friends who decide to hike to find the corpse of Ray Brower, a local teenager, who was hit by a train while plucking blueberries in the wild.

Our Take

8.5
Renee Cuisia

Stand By Me follows four young friends as they journey around their small town searching for a rumored dead body. On the surface, it moves like an adventure story. The boys narrowly avoid guard dogs and leeches, speeding trains and tough teen gangs. But along the way, they also learn much about each other, in particular about the stark reality of their home lives and the growing depths of their inner struggles, so that beneath all the small-time thrill is a beating coming-of-age story. 

Based on a novella by horror master Stephen King, Stand By Me is terrifying in its ability to evoke the unique thorniness of passing through the gates of adulthood, but also warm and comforting in its reminder of the universality of this feeling.

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