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Stand By Me [DVD] [2000]

Wil Wheaton , River Phoenix , Rob Reiner    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Writers: Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon, Stephen King
  • Producers: Andrew Scheinman, Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Turkish, Danish, Icelandic, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Dubbed: German, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec 2000
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050GQA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A sleeper hit when released in 1986, Stand by Me is based on Stephen King's novella "The Body" (from the book Different Seasons); but it's more about the joys and pains of boyhood friendship than a morbid fascination with corpses. It's about four boys ages 12 and 13 (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell) who take an overnight hike through the woods near their Oregon town to find the body of a boy who's been missing for days. Their journey includes a variety of scary adventures (including a ferocious junkyard dog, a swamp full of leeches and a treacherous leap from a train trestle), but it's also a time for personal revelations, quiet interludes and the raucous comradeship of best friends. Set in the 1950s, the movie indulges an overabundance of anachronistic profanity and a kind of idealistic, golden-toned nostalgia (it's told in flashback as a story written by Wheaton's character as an adult, played by Richard Dreyfuss). But it's delightfully entertaining from start to finish, thanks to the rapport among its young cast members and the timeless, universal themes of friendship, family and the building of character and self-esteem. Kiefer Sutherland makes a memorable teenage villain and look closely for John Cusack in a flashback scene as Wheaton's now-deceased and dearly missed brother. A genuine crowd-pleaser, this heartfelt movie led director Rob Reiner to even greater success with his next film, The Princess Bride. --Jeff Shannon

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DVD Columbia TriStar, 5035822101234, 1986 PAL 2

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet classic 16 Jan 2007
Adapted from the Steven King novella, The Body, Stand by me is set in 1950s Maine( well, it is Steven King) and follows four young freinds as they they set out on a hike in search of the dead body of a child of their own age, killed by a train. The film opens with Richard Dreyfuss seated in his car, the the grown up version of his character, Gordon Lachance, now a proffesional writer. The elder Lachance acts as narrator for the story, reminicing on the events of that trip , his relationship with his freinds, paticularly Chris, played by River Pheonix, and how the search for a dead body became more than just a trip out of morbid fascination but a search for themselves, their own personal hopes and dreams, pains and sorrows and their escape into each other. The movie differs from the book in certain areas, as it must, paticularly in the relationship between Gordy and his deceased older brother( John Cusack ), and the ending is slightly less sombre. The magic of this film is the exploration of childhood that everyone can relate to, and sets this film apart from many a sickly hollywood coming of age drama. Boasting an irresistible soundtrack of old rock an roll classics, this film is responsible for bringing the Ben E. King song of the title back to life. Nostalgic but not sickly, funny and sad, this film lures your childhood memories out of their hiding place and plays them before your eyes. Compellingly acted by its child stars, this film is made all the more powerful when watched now, knowing the real life fate River Pheonix. A must see.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The VHS was great, but the DVD is... WOW! 2 Jan 2001
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I've been a huge fan of this film since it first came out. It currently holds my personal record for the film I've seen more times than any other, and in the week since I bought the DVD, I've added another 3 viewings.
This isn't the kind of film people will buy if they don't know what it's about, so I won't go into a synopsis of the film or a review of it. What I'd like to write about are the extras on the DVD. The extended "making of" feature answers all the questions we ever asked, with present-day interviews with Reiner, Wheaton, Feldman, Connell and Sutherland. None of them got *too* maudlin about River Phoenix... Also present is Stephen King, who hails SBM as the first movie adaptation of any of his books with which he was pleased, especially as the film cahnges the focus from the Chris Chambers character to Gordie.
Anyone who knows the film well should absolutely hear Rob Reiner's running commentary to the film. This is my one criticism of Columbia - it wasn't easy to find: the option on the menu page didn't work and it had to be called up by selecting Audio Soundtrack 7. Explaining both the technical ins and outs of how some of the shots were achieved (don't miss the train dodge!) and the impact of filming some of the scenes put a new perspective on the movie for me.
I was also glad to discover that I'm not the only one who thought that Will Wheaton's and the young doe's facial features looked remarkably similar... :)
All in all, if you've worn out your copy of the VHS, invest in the DVD - it's worth it! Not to mention that Rob Reiner knows how to use a panoramic cinema screen and the widescreen version just looks so much better than the P&S versions available on VHS!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What real friendships should be like 9 Aug 2004
The beautiful tale of four best friends embarking on the journey of a lifetime seen in the eyes of young Gordie. Chris, Gordie, Vern and Teddy head out secretly on an adventure in search for the body of a young boy after Vern overhears his brothers conversation about the missing body. They head out in hope of ending up on television and being heros for finding the body but end up face to face with firsts...the first train dodge, the first night out in the forest, the first faint and the first real dead body and soon realise that this outing shouldn't be the party they expected. In two days they come across the real world and all seem to mature in their thoughts and beliefs.
This great film is taken from Steven Kings novella 'The Body' and adapted to make this film stick with your thoughts for the rest of your lives.
If you like this you should also check out The Outsiders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars touching reminder of being 12! 20 Nov 2000
a young will wheaton leads a predominantly teenage cast as Gordie in this 1986 classic. A true brat pack fest, also starring River Pheonix, keiffer Sutherland and corey feldman, this is the story of an adventure of four young lads out to find the body of a missing body in hope of cash reward. However, the boys earn and learn more pearls of wiisdom on their expodition than they were to realise at that time. A true feel good film that acts as a reminder of your own days at that age. As an adult gordie so correctly states at the end of the film: " I never had friend again like the ones I had when I was 12...Jesus, does anyone?!" Based on a short story by stephen king, Stand by me hits all the buttons from laughter to tears in one swoop. a fantastic, undoubtable 5/5!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding 9 Jan 2004
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Every once in a while comes along a movie that has the ability not only to move us, but also to make us to reflect and take stock of our own lives and to remember our childhood days for what they really were, there are many of them: E.T, My Girl etc, but the one in my opinion that really shines is this one. Based upon the brilliant Stephen King's short novel The Body, it is a heartwarming tale of four young boys who set off into the New England woods to find the body of a missing teenager, on the way they discover themselves in a light they have never before experienced, swapping stories, having a smoke and cussing 'cause it's cool' they also discover hidden strengths they never knew they had. This movie was a Box Office Smash when it debuted in the U.K in early 1987 and features memorable performances by actors who have since become legendary for it: Wil Wheaton, the tragic, eternally young River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O,Connell and Keifer Sutherland, it is also a surprise for anyone who thinks that Stephen King is only capable of writing Horror Stories (and that goes for myself), this movie is on the list of great cinematic legends of the past despite being only 17 years old, Buy it now, you'll get more than your moneys worth I promise
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
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Published 15 days ago by JoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand By Me - Adventure and Friendship.
Small town Oregon 1959. Four 12 year old boys decide to go in search of the body of a boy their age. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mark I. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
what a movie, great adventure, never seen anythink like this before. by far the best coming of age movie I have ever seen
Published 18 days ago by Mr. B. Hibbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service, no complaints here
Good service , no complaints here.
Published 19 days ago by Jonathan Frater
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it at 12 and now my boys love it.. great film!!! B. Dobb
Published 19 days ago by Mrs R C Dobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good quality dvd ,quick postage as well
Published 24 days ago by anne
5.0 out of 5 stars just as great when i watched it years ago
I remember watching this film when I was a young teenager and enjoyed it immensely. Now, some years on, I have introduced this film to my children, and like me they enjoyed it... Read more
Published 25 days ago by karen bunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Nostalgia for a lost past
Most boys, I wager, and probably most girls, experience close friendships which are later fondly remembered in adulthood for their shared innocence, joyful discovery, pain, and... Read more
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