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

Stand by Me turns 30: Read a hurlarious oral history of the blueberry pie scene

No one who’s seen the classic Stand by Me – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer – can ever forget the campfire tale that Gordie (Wil Wheaton) spins for his best friends (River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell) about a kid nicknamed Lardass (Andy Lindberg) who enacts warm, sweet, blueberry revenge on the town bullies. EW spoke to director Rob Reiner (whose newest film, Being Charlie, is in theaters) and Lindberg, now 45, about the movie’s unforgettable Barf-o-Rama. Read More: // here

The top 25 80s-style coming of age films

Whether they’re made in the 80s or set in the 80s, these are the films that do coming of age wonderfully well…
Ah, the 1980s. It’s a decade that means so much to so many of us. It’s where our childhoods were spent, where much of our culture either originated in or came to mainstream prominence. It’s where we grew up. It’s a decade so powerful in terms of music, fashion, and nostalgia that it seems the perfect age for a coming-of-age movie. Many of the classics were made then, and many of the modern classics have returned there. Here are the best 25 80s coming-of-age films.
3. Stand By Me: Made in the 80s, set in the 50s, Stand By Me is almost the quintessential coming-of-age story. Another film made during Rob Reiner’s golden 80s period (hands down the most impressive yet underrated directing hot streak of all time) and based on a Stephen King novella (what isn’t?), Stand By Me is the tale of four 12 year olds who, due to being ostracised by their peers or family, are the very best of friends. They hear about the death of another young boy, and determined to become heroes, set out to find his body. River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Will Wheaton, and Jerry ‘Connell are all perfect as the young boys. Bonding over a summer adventure might be a predictable story, but it’s something that has happened to all of us. We remember those days no matter the scope of adventure, whether it was going to the nearest big city for the first time with your mates, or riding your bike down the river, and the friendships formed then are some of the closest you’ll ever have. Read More: // here