One of my favorite movies of all time is the classic 1986 coming of age drama Stand By Me. The story was written as a novella by the great Stephen King, and was directed by one of my favorite directors, Rob Reiner. The film stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Richard Dreyfuss, and follows four young best friends as they go on a journey to find the body of a boy who was killed by a train.

This movie is so nostalgic for me. I have watched it my whole life. It makes me laugh and cry and feel pangs of sentiment for my own youth and the deep friendships I made as a young teen. My best friend Amanda and I would watch this movie a lot, and she would look away when they showed the body of Ray Brower, because she would get nightmares, but I would get close up to check it out, even pausing it on the shot, because I was a morbid little murderino and I thought it was fascinating, even though it wasn’t real.

The movie still holds up after 34 years, and I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it or it’s been a while. For now, check out some of these cool facts from the film, and let us know how much you love the movie Stand By Me, which was named by Reiner after the classic 1961 song by Ben E. King.

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Stand By Me (1986)
Sometimes lost in all of those volumes of white-knuckle horror prose is the fact that King is more than just creeping dread and gotcha scares. He’s also a master of nostalgia. may be the clearest example of the author’s Proustian obsession with the smallest quotidian details of youth — the recollected smells, sights, and sounds of long-ago summer nights that we’re only able to share with our oldest (and first) friends. But yes, there’s also a dead body. Told in sun-dappled flashback, Stand By Me revolves around four childhood friends (beautifully played by , , Jerry O’Connell, and ) who, in 1959, set off to find that dead body. But really it’s about male bonding, the first taste of freedom, and how the most insignificant things (a catchy pop song, a campfire story about a pie-eating contest puke-athon) can feel like the only things that matter.—Chris Nashawaty

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