Stand By Me

Columbia Pictures Corporation Released 1986




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Rob Reiner

When an aging writer's childhood friend is fatally stabbed in a restaurant, he reminisces about a rite of passage they and two other friends went through in Castle Rock, Oregon in 1959, when they embarked on a cross country journey to find the body of a dead classmate long missing.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Philadelphia Inquirer Carrie Rickey

    A small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after.

  • 88

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The richness of its tapestry, densely woven from human emotions and character interaction, ensure it will never lose that relevance.

  • 80


    Stand by Me is easily one of the best Stephen King adaptations and one of the best coming-of-age stories ever made.

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    • Production budget - $8,000,000
      Domestic gross - $52,287,414 (13th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $115,004,124

    • Other production companies:
      Act III Productions
      The Body

    • Filming locations:
      Pasadena, California
      Brownsville, Oregon
      Burney, California
      Eugene, Oregon
      Franklin, Oregon
      Gooseline Railroad, Oregon
      McCloud River Railroad, McCloud, California
      Veneta, Oregon
      Yreka Western Railroad, Yreka, California

    • Tagline:
      For some, it's the last real taste of innocence, and the first real taste of life. But for everyone, it's the time that memories are made of.

    • Music:
      Stand By Me
      by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller
      Performed by Ben E. King
      Mr. Lee
      by H. Dixon, H. Gathers, E.R. Pought, T. Pought, and L. Webb
      Performed by The Bobbettes
      Rockin' Robin
      by Leon René
      Performed by Bobby Day
      Great Balls of Fire
      by Otis Blackwell  and Jack Hammer
      Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
      Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)
      by H. Giosasi and A. Zwirn
      Performed by The Impalas
      The Ballad of Paladin
      by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, and Sam Rolfe
      Performed by Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell
      Whispering Bells
      by F. Lowry and C. Quick
      Performed by The Del Vikings
      Let the Good Times Roll
      by Leonard Lee
      Performed by Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee
      Book of Love
      by C. Patrick, W. Davis, and G. Malone
      Performed by The Monotones
      by Beverly Ross and Julius Dixson
      Performed by The Chordettes
      by Norman Petty and Buddy Holly
      Performed by Buddy Holly
      Come Go with Me
      by C.E. Quick
      Performed by The Del Vikings
      Come Softly To Me
      by Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher, and Barbara Ellis
      Performed by The Fleetwoods
      by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
      Performed by The Mystics
      Get a Job
      by The Silhouettes
      Performed by The Silhouettes
      Yakety Yak
      by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
      Performed by The Coasters

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Adapted Screenplay


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Coming of Age, 80s, Historical, Classics