Stand By Me

Published May 25, 2009

Stand By Me

Film info

  • Title Stand By Me
  • Director Rob Reiner
  • Year 1986
  • Run time 1hr 29m
  • Genres Crime, Drama
  • Tagline For some, it's the last real taste of innocence, and the first real taste of life.

In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends--sensitive Gordie, tough guy Chris, flamboyant Teddy, and scaredy-cat Vern--are in search of a missing teenager's body. Wanting to be heroes in each other's and their hometown's eyes, they set out on an unforgettable two-day trek that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery. They sneak smokes, tell tall tales, cuss 'cause it's cool and band together when the going gets tough. When they encounter the town's knife-welding hoods who are also after the body, the boys discover a strength they never knew they had. Stand By Me is a rare and special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:28  No music as an intro?
2:21  This is back in the days when one would patch jeans rather than celebrate the fact that they had a rip in them. Fashion, eh?
4:45  It always bugs me when people play card games because I rarely know what they’re playing or who’s doing well.
12:36  I like that pinky swear is more important than swearing on your mother’s name.
16:29  If you are setting out on a journey to find a body that was hit by a train, I’m not sure that sitting in the middle of the tracks would be particularly appealing.
18:31  How often do the trains run?
24:44  Wow, it’s all so dusty. They’re just rolling around in the dust, getting their clothes all messed up. I imagine there is worse to come, though.
28:45  Fair enough, the junkyard man is a scary psycho, but can you really expect to antagonise someone to that extent and not get a response?
34:08  They are never going to make it twenty miles going at that pace, not even in a week.
35:17  Pitting Superman against various others has been around for ages then!
38:11  If you’re going to have to cross the bridge before the train comes, you might want to try running. Fair enough, it’s a bit gappy, but who else can sense a train coming?
46:13  Gah, food eating contests make me sick.
49:00  I will hold my hands up and say I had to look away, plug my fingers in my ears, and be told when it was safe to look back at the screen. Clearly I do not have the imagination of a ten twelve year old boy.
50:30  Vern might be my favourite. Someone has to ask the important questions about a story.
51:33  Goofy is a dog, surely?
58:53  He never thought a teacher would be devious like that? A lot to learn about the education systems, I guess.
1:02:21  Keeping a secret for 36 hours - does that even count as a secret?
1:06:41  How do leeches get into your clothes? Actually, I don’t think I want to know. Gross.
1:09:50  I’m already terrified of driving near lorries with logs after watching Final Destination 2. Playing chicken with such a lorry seems like a nightmare!
1:15:56  The casting for Chris and his brother is good - they look like they could be related. As do Gordie and his brother in the flashbacks.
1:17:49  I know I don’t have the mind of an adolescent thug in the ’50s, but I don’t see how driving straight towards a lorry without flinching is any less scary than staring down a kid with a gun?
1:22:04  He really is compelling to watch. I get it now.
1:23:14  Hehehe, that computer is old. Also, that casting is not so great. That’s not what grown up Gordie should look like.
1:24:37  Now I’m going to have to read the Stephen King novella too.


My friend used to talk about this film all the time, but I had no knowledge of it other than that people love it. It’s always nice to go into a film knowing very little, and with an open mind.

A good film, nice and short, which makes a change. I found it hard to get into the feel of the film sometimes - not sure I can relate to troubled 12 year old boys, and you wouldn’t find me anywhere near a train track when a train is coming - but the acting is superb from such a young cast. Also fun to spot a young Keifer Sutherland in there.

Rating: 5 / 5

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