HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Cannibal Club, The
Grasshopper, The
Searching
Human Desire
Climax
Stiff Upper Lips
American Animals
Outlaws
Venom
World on a Wire
Velvet Buzzsaw
Picnic
Dick Dickman, PI
Hunter Killer
30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, The
Race for the Yankee Zephyr
Boys in the Band, The
Brainscan
T-Men
Blame
Upgrade
Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, An
Fear No Evil
One Cut of the Dead
Rosa Luxemburg
Disobedience
On the Job
Monsters and Men
Survival Run
Crucible of the Vampire
   
 
Newest Articles
He-Maniacs: Ridiculous 80s Action
All's Welles That Ends Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 1 on DVD
Shut It! The Sweeney Double Bill: Two Blu-rays from Network
Network Sitcom Movie Double Bill: Till Death Us Do Part and Man About the House on Blu-ray
No, THIS Must Be the Place: True Stories on Blu-ray
Alf Garnett's Life After Death: Till Death... and The Thoughts of Chairman Alf on DVD
Balance of Power: Harold Pinter at the BBC on DVD
Strange Days 2: The Second Science Fiction Weirdness Wave
Strange Days: When Science Fiction Went Weird
Ha Ha Haaargh: Interview With Camp Death III in 2D! Director Matt Frame
Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
A Name to Conjure With: David Nixon's Magic Box on DVD
Which 1950s Sci-Fi was Scariest? Invaders from Mars vs The Blob
The Empire Strikes Back: Khartoum vs Carry On Up the Khyber
Stan and Ollie's Final Folly: Atoll K on Blu-ray
   
 
  Stand By Me Back In The DayBuy this film here.
Year: 1986
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, Gary Riley, Bradley Gregg, Jason Oliver, Marshall Bell, Frances Lee McCain, Bruno Kirby, William Bronder, Scott Beach, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cusack
Genre: Drama
Rating:  8 (from 3 votes)
Review: This writer (Richard Dreyfuss) has read in the newspaper today of the death of a childhood friend, pointlessly killed in a brawl he was trying to stop. This sets him thinking, and then to writing, as he recalls a significant couple of days in his life where he and three other friends went exploring around their Oregon smalltown home of Castle Rock. They would regularly meet up in their treehouse, Gordie (Wil Wheaton), whose brother had died recently, Chris (River Phoenix), who was thought to be from a bad family, Teddy (Corey Feldman), whose dangerously unhinged father had attacked him more than once, and Vern (Jerry O'Connell), the butt of everyone's jokes...

For a few years after the death of River Phoenix, it was common to hear the opinion that for such a promising talent, he had never actually appeared in a classic film that showed that to his best ability. But then the cult of Stand By Me really took hold, whether because of audiences latching onto the tragedy and mirroring of Phoenix's life with that of his Chris character's, or because they felt it spoke to them about their own childhoods in a way that few other films did. So now you can say that although River did not have the chance to make as many movies as he should have done, at least he made this, which has a legion of fans across the globe.

It was taken from the Stephen King collection of novellas, Different Seasons, which another work regarded as a classic was drawn from, The Shawshank Redemption (an adaptation of Apt Pupil was not so well received, and the remaining story, The Breathing Method, has never been filmed). A semi-autobiographical effort, it saw King in nostalgic mood as he reminisced on how he felt about his childhood at the end of the fifties, including bits and pieces inspired by his actual experiences. With director Rob Reiner at the helm, that sense of nostalgia was very much present in this, with its golden-hued imagery and selection of vintage pop hits on the soundtrack, maybe a cliché by this time, over a decade after American Graffiti, but well implemented for all that.

This had a harder edge than many coming of age tales, as King himself observed he could not entirely eliminate the note of the macabre in his work, and so the main characters' youthfulness is contrasted with something that should only really have troubled them nearer the end of their lives, and that was death. Before the story has even begun, Gordy has lost his beloved brother, and the whole adventure the four of them embark upon is all centred around the fascination of seeing an actual dead body. Vern has eavesdropped upon a conversation by two of the tough guys who strike terror into their hearts, which concerns the location of a missing kid who has, unbeknownst to the wider public, been killed in an accident.

Once Vern tells this to the other three, their curiosity is piqued and they set about planning to go and see for themselves before the authorities take it away, and besides, they can always announce the discovery themselves once they've located the corpse and play town heroes for a while. So in essence Stand By Me is a road movie where the road, or even a vehicle, does not feature as the boys venture out on foot along the railway track to their destination. In truth, if it were not for all that glow of fond recollection this would be pretty thin stuff, enough for the printed page but undernourished for a ninety minute movie, yet a sense of genuine camaraderie between the four young actors helped considerably. Even so, it does lapse into sentiment too readily - did we need each of our heroes to break down in tears at some point in the journey? - but the menace of Kiefer Sutherland's gang offers much-needed tension for what could have been undemanding. Plus they did include the pie-eating story: once seen, never forgotten. Music by Jack Nitzsche.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2111 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Rob Reiner  (1947 - )

Mainstream American actor, producer and director, son of Carl Reiner. After starring in the long-running sitcom All in the Family, Reiner turned to directing with This is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, romantic blockbuster When Harry Met Sally, Misery and A Few Good Men. But when the dire North flopped, the films made less of a mark, like The American President or The Story of Us. He still acts in small roles.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
George White
Enoch Sneed
Stately Wayne Manor
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
   

 

Last Updated: