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Stand by Me

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Original title
Stand by Me
Running time
86 min.
United States United States
Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon. Novel: Stephen King
Jack Nitzsche
Thomas Del Ruth
Columbia Pictures, Act III Productions
Adventure. Drama | 1950s. Friendship. Teen/coming-of-age. Small Town Life (North-american). Comedy-Drama
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Stephen King Adaptations
STAND BY ME is the story of four kids on the precipice of early adulthood who embark upon a quest. Theres 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 OConnell), the pudgy tagalong, and Teddy (Corey Feldman), a loyal and funny but troubled kid with a death wish. 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 unwieldly 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 apart, not to mention a tough teen gang who desires local fame by finding the body first.
Rankings Position
1986: Nominated for Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay
1986: Golden Globe: Nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama & Best Director
1986: Independent Spirit Awards: 3 Nominations including Best Film
1986: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1986: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
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