Title: Stand by Me
Director: Rob Reiner
Run time: 1hr 29m
“In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends–sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O’Connell)–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. Filled with humor and suspense, it is based on the novella ‘The Body’ by Stephen King.”
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.