Stand by Me

Phoenix, River

SKU: 043396263789

UPC 043396263789
Release Date 2011-03-22
Studio Sony Pictures Home
Discs 1
Length 88
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis Based on Stephen King's novella THE BODY, director Rob Reiner's STAND BY ME is the disarmingly tender and subtly sublime story of four kids on the precipice of early adulthood who embark upon a quest. There's 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 O'Connell), 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 unwieldy 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. Enhanced by excellent performances and an engaging plot, STAND BY ME ranks among the best of the myriad coming-of-age films to dot the 1980s cinematic landscape.Shot on location in California and Oregon. STAND BY ME was rated R by the MPAA because of its excessive use of foul language. The f-word is uttered at least 11 different times during the course of the film. The film featured the one of the first major starring roles for actor River Phoenix, who died tragically and unexpectedly when he was only 23 years old. The title song, Ben E. King's Stand By Me, originally a #3 hit in 1961, returned to the pop top 10 in early 1987, propelled by its prominent use in the movie and the movie's popularity.STAND BY ME, set in Oregon in 1959, portrays the friendship of four boys who go on an overnight camping trip to find a missing teenager's body. Along the way they encounter a number of obstacles, including a gang of older teens and their own inner problems, ultimately finding out more about themselves along the way....While Reiner succeeds in building the story around Wheaton's convincing vulnerability, he also has achieved a rare feat of getting equally empathetic and outstanding performances from everyone else in the cast...Did your parents have any children that lived?--Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) Why do you ask?--Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell) Do you play football?--Mr. Quidaciolou (Bruce Kirby) No.--Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton) Well, what do you do?--Mr. Quidaciolou I don't know.--Gordie I just want to go somewhere where nobody knows who I am.--Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) Finding new and preferably disgusting ways to disparage one's mother was always held in high regard.--Adult Gordie (Richard Dreyfuss) in voice-over We sat there all night talking about all the things boys talk about before they discover girls.--Adult Gordie in voice-over before the following montage So Mickey's a mouse, Donald's a duck, but what is Goofy?--Gordie If I could have one kind of food, that's easy: Cherry Pez. Definitely Cherry Pez.--Vern A dog, Goofy's definitely a dog.--Chris I always knew THE $64,000 QUESTION was fake. I mean, who could possibly know that much about opera?--Gordie How can he be a dog? He drives a car and wears a hat.--Teddy The thing about WAGON TRAIN is they never got anywhere. They just kept wagon training.--Gordie Yeah, Goofy's definitely a dog.--Chris You think Mighty Mouse could beat up Superman?--Vern What are you? Cracked?!--Teddy I don't know. I once saw Mighty Mouse hold up five elephants with his one hand.--Vern Boy, you don't know nothing. Mighty Mouse is a cartoon. Superman is a real guy. There's no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.--Teddy Yeah. But it'd be a good fight, though.--Vern...A compassionate, perfectly performed look at the real heart of youth. It stands, sweet and strong, ribald, outrageous and funny....It's one of those treasures absolutely not to be missed...Rob Reiner's evocative rites-of-passager is still memorable for the performances of its four young stars...Rob Reiner's film is all about the journey, not the destination. And all of his young actors are great. -- Grade: B+
Cast Raynold Gideon (Producer)
Andrew Scheinman (Producer)
Jack Nitzsche (Composer)
John Cusack (Star)
Corey Feldman (Star)
River Phoenix (Star)
Richard Dreyfuss (Star)
Gary Riley (Star)
Jerry O'Connell (Star)
Bradley Gregg (Star)
Kiefer Sutherland (Star)
Jason Oliver (Star)
Bruce A. Evans (Screenwriter)
Stephen King (Source Writer)
Rob Reiner (Director)
Bruce A. Evans (Producer)
Raynold Gideon (Screenwriter)
Marshall Bell (Star)
Wil Wheaton (Star)
Casey Siemaszko (Star)
Robert Leighton (Editor)
Thomas Del Ruth (Director of Photography)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: Blu-ray Exclusive: 25 Years Later: A Picture-In-Picture Commentary Retrospective With Director Rob Reiner and Actors Wil Wheaton & Corey Feldman Walking The Tracks: The Summer Of Stand By Me Audio Commentary with Director Ron Reiner Stand By Me Music Video Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.75000
Depth 7.00000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Action Adventure
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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