WHY IT WORKS: STAND BY ME

Rob Reiner’s STAND BY ME turns 30 this month, and if you’ve been watching Netflix’s Stranger Things, there’s a good chance you’ve been feeling nostalgic for some of the classics of the 1980’s. While many films of the 1970’s focused on bringing a realism to the supernatural and extreme, the 1980’s often brought a sense of wonder and gravity to simple and everyday subject matter. STAND BY ME features a low-stakes plot, loosely connected scenes, and an anti-climactic ending and yet feels universally significant and remains one of the great coming of age stories in cinema. Here’s why it works: Read More: // here

Stand by Me at 30: ‘Maybe This Is How Rambo Discovered Puberty’

Thirty years ago, director Rob Reiner’s coming-of-age classic Stand by Me hit theaters and got the eponymous Ben E. King song stuck in everyone’s head for the rest of time. Richard Dreyfuss narrates this film adaptation of Stephen King’s novella The Body looking back on the summer when he and his best friends set off to look for the body of a fellow 12-year-old who had reportedly been struck by a train. Read More: // here

Fireworks, Pranks and Pot: ‘Stand by Me’ Stars Look Back on River Phoenix After 30 Years

Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O’Connell tell TheWrap about fun — sometimes illegal — times with late actor Read More: // here

‘Stand by Me’ Oral History

Rob Reiner and Cast on River Phoenix and How Coming-of-Age Classic Almost Didn’t Happen
It’s been three decades since “Stand By Me” became the little drama that could, catapulting River Phoenix to stardom, establishing Rob Reiner as a director on the rise, and racking up big ticket sales on a paltry budget. The story of four friends from small town in Oregon, hiking into the countryside in search of the body of a boy who has been hit and killed by a train, is an unlikely coming-of-age tale. Yet in Reiner’s sensitive hands, it becomes a meditation on mortality — one that transcends its 1950s setting to have a universal appeal. Read More: // here

30 years on for Stand By Me

Animated-film director Don Bluth (“All Dogs Go to Heaven,” “An American Tail”) once said about the power of movies: “There’s a transformation that happens when people go into a theater. They sit in a dark room and the lights and sounds change the way they see things. It’s like alchemy.” These transformative properties have lingered in Brownsville for 30 years, with swarms of tourists visiting each year to see the town where in 1985 Rob Reiner shot the iconic movie “Stand by Me.” And there is no sign of the spell wearing off. Read More: // here

10 Most Influential LGBTQIA Movies

8. My Own Private Idaho | This 1991 independent film starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves was another coming-of-age film that was ahead of its time. The pair played street hustlers who often “tricked” for money, as needed. It takes a look at the pair’s adventure and even the struggle to figure out their identities. Read More: // here

25 Best Movies filmed in Oregon

4. Stand By Me Read More: // here

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Rob Reiner remembers working with River Phoenix and Leonardo DiCaprio

Being Charlie (in theaters now) is Rob Reiner’s latest film as a director — his 18th in a career that includes modern classics such as This Is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, and A Few Good Men. Read More: // here