Stand by Me Review

Topics: Stephen King, Rob Reiner, Stand by Me Pages: 3 (934 words) Published: March 15, 2013
Literature and Movies
Movie review Assignment


I choose Stand by Me for my movie review because it is a very emotional movie. Not only recounts a childhood story, but it also is the image of a generation’s mature. Stand by Me is a coming of age drama movie directed by Rob Reiner in 1986, adapted from Stephen King's story The Body. The movie takes its title from the Ben E. King song of the same name. Stand by Me is the story of four boys twelve years old living in a small town of Castle Rock, Oregon in the early 1960s, whose lives were changed by an adventure through the woodlands near their homes to find the dead body of a missing boy that they embarked on at the end of the summer.

The story is told by the main character Gordie Lachance who is a middle-aged writer. After reading a newspaper about the death of his friend - Chris Chambers, he muses about the time when they were twelve. Gordie, Chris, Teddy Duchamp and Vern Tessio are an inseparable foursome. They are in the final days before entering high school.

Vern overhears his older brother talk of the dead body’s location of a missing boy from town. By the thought seeing a real dead body and the wish of becoming famous, the boys decide to go to find it. The journey starts with the first difficulty, no one brings food and they have very little money. This leads to the first adventure as Gordie is elected to buy food, but must sneak through the junkyard. However, they are discovered by the junkyard owner – Milo Pressman who sics his dog on them. Later they run out a train bridge, Vern and Gordie are nearly run over by passing train. At the night, the boys set up camp, Gordie tells the boys a story and Chris reveals to Gordie his fear of being stereotyped as a criminal. They continue have a traumatic experience with leeches when they take a shortcut through a swamp. Meanwhile, Ace Merrill, leader of an older gang of town kids, also knows the dead body and...

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