Stand By Me 1986 film review | Book Addicts

Stand By Me (film)

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Stand By Me is the 1986 film inspired by Stephen King’s novella The Body.

6 out of 10 stars.  The film is set in 1959 Castle Rock, Maine and stars some of the best child actors.  This is a coming of age story about four boys out to find a dead body and get famous.

In 1959 Castle Rock, Maine, Vern Tessio overhears his older brother tell another gang member he found the body of the missing boy Ray Brower.  Apparently he was hit by a train and his body is some 20 miles away off the railroad tracks.  Knowing that his brother can keep a secret for only 24 hours, Vern tells his friends Gordie Lachance, Chris Chambers, and Teddy Duchamp and the four of them set off on a two day trip to find Ray Brower’s body.

Gordie is still grieving over his older brother Denny’s death and his father’s admission that he wishes Gordie had died instead.  Chris is frustrated at everyone assuming he is a criminal like his older brother and envies Gordie his chance at going to college, something Chris thinks he’ll never be able to do.  Teddy is dealing with a crazy father who burned his ear off and beats him.  And Vern is just trying to belong.  Along the way they reveal their fears and hopes to each other and upon finding Ray Brower’s body they are all changed.  They confront the gang that Chris’s older brother and Vern’s older brother belong to and they grow up just a little bit.

6 out of 10 stars.  There’s a reason this film is famous, but it’s really geared toward young adolescent boys.  I’m obviously not the target audience, but I still enjoyed it. 


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