October 21, 2003
Columbia TriStar Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 88 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Wide Screen
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Other DVD Features:
*Based on Stephen King's novella "The Body"
*Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Thai
*Commentary by director Rob Reiner
*Exclusive featurette featuring interviews with Stephen King and Rob Reiner
*Ben E. King music video
*Documentary: "Walking the Tracks: the Summer of "STAND BY ME"
Set in 1959, this is the story of four adolescent boys living in a small Oregon town. Gordie, whose adult reminiscences trigger the flashback, regales his pals with imaginative and outrageous stories; his best buddy, Chris, has hardened his image in order to hide the pain he feels inside from physical abuse at home. The other two in the group are Vern, the pudgy tag-along who's the butt of everyone's jokes, and Teddy, the crazy kid whose psychotic Dad is locked away in a mental hospital. Together the four misfits embark on an adventure, venturing deep into the woods in an attempt to find the corpse of a missing teenager. The kids hope their discovery will make them town heroes, but a gang of high school bullies, who have plans of their own for the body, threatens to destroy their dreams. During the course of their two day odyssey, the four boys make a symbolic journey into young adulthood. And nothing in their lives will ever be the same.
This drama 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, ultimately finding out more about themselves. Based on the novella "The Body" by Stephen King. Academy Award Nominations: Best (Adapted) Screenplay.
Shot in Technicolor; prints by Deluxe. Locations included California and Oregon.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.
"Stand By Me" was rated R by the MPAA because of its excessive use of foul language. The word "fuck" is uttered at least 11 different times during the course of the film.
This was the first major starring role for actor River Phoenix, who died tragically and unexpectedly when he was just 23 years old.
Act III Productions