Stand by Me

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Stand by Me ★★★ 1986 (R)

A sentimental, observant adaptation of the Stephen King novella “The Body.” Four 12-year-olds trek into the Oregon wilderness to find the body of a missing boy, learning about death and personal courage. Told as a reminiscence by narrator “author” Dreyfuss with solid performances from all four child actors. Too much gratuitous obscenity, but a very good, gratifying film from can't-miss director Reiner. 87m/C VHS, DVD . River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Dreyfuss, Casey Siemaszko, John Cusack; D: Rob Reiner; W: Raynold Gideon; C: Thomas Del Ruth; M: Jack Nitzsche.