Stand by Me

Still of River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell in Stand by MeStill of River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell in Stand by MeAmy Robach at event of Stand by MeStill of Kiefer Sutherland and Casey Siemaszko in Stand by MeStill of Wil Wheaton in Stand by MeStill of River Phoenix in Stand by Me


After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 8.1/10 (124,402 voted)

Rob Reiner

Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman

4 young friends set out on an adventure. Geordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern go looking for the missing body of a local teenager – found by a gang of older boys. A story of boys hangin' out and growin' up.

Writers: Stephen King, Raynold Gideon


Wil Wheaton

Gordie Lachance

River Phoenix

Chris Chambers

Corey Feldman

Teddy Duchamp

Jerry O'Connell

Vern Tessio

Kiefer Sutherland

Ace Merrill

Casey Siemaszko

Billy Tessio

Gary Riley

Charlie Hogan

Bradley Gregg

Eyeball Chambers

Jason Oliver

Vince Desjardins

Marshall Bell

Mr. Lachance

Frances Lee McCain

Mrs. Lachance

Bruce Kirby

Mr. Quidacioluo

William Bronder

Milo Pressman

Scott Beach

Mayor Grundy

Richard Dreyfuss

The Writer

For some, it's the last real taste of innocence, and the first real taste of life. But for everyone, it's the time that memories are made of.

Release Date: 8 August 1986

Filming Locations: 380 South San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000


Opening Weekend: $242,795
(10 August 1986)
(16 Screens)

Gross: $52,287,414

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


While practicing his lines, Jerry O'Connell was incredibly impressed that, as an 11-year old, he was being allowed to swear.


All four guys are in the junk-yard and they are all about to toss their coins to see who goes to get the food. When Teddy throws his coin in the air he is wearing no dog tag necklace but when he catches the coin he is suddenly wearing the dog tag necklace.


[first lines]

The Writer:
I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of 1959-a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years. I was living in a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock. There were only twelve hundred and eighty-one people. But to me, it was the whole world.

User Review

I remember…..


I find it hard to comment on this film without simply repeating what has
already been said. It's not that I can't think of anything original, but
that others seem to have felt the exact same emotions as I did when watching
this film.

I saw this movie when I was about 12, 13, maybe 14 years old. So it didn't
have the same nostalgic sense it had for so many. But what it did, was make
me ache for those memories. I wanted (in the words of another reviewer) to
be 12, and *that* cool. I wished I had been like that, that I had had
friends like that, laughed like that, and had adventures like

The 'milk-money' scene was probably one of my all-time favourite scenes in
movie history. Up until I saw this movie I had never held much regard for
River Phoenix, but the poignancy and sincerity which River added to the role
of Chris Chambers touched me to the point of tears. I read in yet another
review that in this scene, River was asked to think of a time when he had
been hurt by an adult, and that even after the cameras stopped rolling,
River sat there still, sobbing and hurting. And I felt every tear and heard
every word as though I were there with Chris.

This movie made me laugh, cry, rejoice and fear with Chris, Gordie, Teddy
and Vern. I loved the campfire scenes, and today I look back on my own
childhood, and remember with a laugh the amazingly similar things I used to
laugh and wonder about with my friends. I remember dreaming about being a
writer and an actress, I remember standing up to bullies, I remember walking
or riding with my friends, I remember being afraid, and crying onto a
friend's shoulder.

I guess what this movie does for everyone, is take them back in time, even
though the situations may have been different, chances are you'll find the
similarities, and remember with a smile that yes, your life was once *that*
cool. In the words of Vern, "a great time"

I especially loved the ending. That they found out who was strong, and who
just talked tough. I loved the last scene with Chris and Gordie, and the
closing monologue.

"I never had any friends later on, like the ones I had when I was
twelve…Jesus….does anyone?"