Stand by me was released 38 years ago today (1986). Based on the Stephen King short story, The Body, it was a critical and box office hit, and is now considered one of the best coming of age films of the 80s.

  1. An interesting detail about Stephen King is that when he was 4 he actually witnessed his friend get hit by a train when they were playing near tracks. He adamantly insists that he does not remember seeing him get hit.

  2. I can vouch for this. When I was around 8 or 9 I seen my dad kill our old dog with a shotgun. Even though it happened in front of me I don't remember the impact. I just remember the bang and then what happened afterwards.

  3. “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” -Stephen King, The Body

  4. I feel that people who shit on Stephen King often do reflexively because he's popular. The man can write and makes it so accessible. He's a generational talent.

  5. Damn... This is just soo good... Ironic, that he used words to describe what he says here. Almost paradox

  6. I was born in '80 on the nose. When I was in elementary school, every kid I knew would shout "I don't shut up, I grow up, but when I look at you I throw up!!"

  7. As a 1986 child, this gave me some existential things to process today. Birthday in 1 week. Edit: autocorrect battle

  8. As a guy born in '82, I thank you. I saw "38 years ago in 1986" and thought "Stop tryin to add more years; time's doing that fast enough already!"

  9. Thirty-eight years ago, when I first saw this, it didn't occur to me to wonder why the fuck that train engineer didn't apply the brakes!

  10. I was born in '86 and I had to have a real hard think about whether or not I had been counting wrong this whole time lol

  11. Imagine being an actor in the film and forever seeing yourself young, then looking in the mirror.

  12. Yup! I'm an '85 baby and I know that I turned 37 this year. No way is the year after I was born 38 years ago!

  13. A fat lady barfed in her purse. The Donnelley twins barfed on each other, and the Women's Auxiliary barfed all over the Benevolent Order of Antelopes.

  14. Fun fact: One of the twin actors who played the Donnelly twins is an English professor at Virginia Tech. He doesn't barf in class, as far as I know

  15. I had read the short story before seeing the film......... unlike most book/movie experiences, I don't recall preferring one over the other.

  16. I just listened to the short story on audible and it was nice because I could imagine all the scenes in the movie and it felt right.

  17. I read the Shawshank Redemption short story before seeing the movie. It took me about 40% of the way through the movie to realize, what a second, I know what's going to happen.

  18. I’m 33 now and I remember my parents renting this for me and my older sister when they went out one evening when we were kids. First f-word I heard in a movie lol.

  19. 25 minutes by walking, by cycling, by car, by train, by plane? As the crow flys, Google maps, Apple maps? Avoiding toll roads?

  20. One of the best movie adaptations of a book ever. Went to see this with my friends in '86 (we were all between 14-16 years old), and I was the only one who had read the book prior. I told them all beforehand what a great story it was, and some of them were doubtful, but when we came out of the theater they were just as enthused as I was. Thanks for the memory!

  21. Watched this when i was 12 years old..it left me with a sense of loss that i might lose my current friends then. Man, was the movie spot on.

  22. This movie just made me insanely jealous when I was young because I didn't have any buddies at that age, and I so desperately wanted the type of ride or die friend group that King wrote about. I felt like I was too much of a loser to even find my own Losers' Club.

  23. It was my favorite movie as a kid, and my group of best friends have all been together since first grade. We still get together at least once a week to hang out, 30+ years later. I don’t know if one has anything to do with the other, but it’s nice to think about.

  24. Rob Reiner, great director and from what I've read a really kind hearted soul. He did The Princess Bride after this one.

  25. Hey! From the racks and stacks, it's the best on wax! How 'bout another double-golden-oldie-twin-spin-sound-sandwich from K-L-A-M in Portland? Iiiiiiit's...

  26. My former drama teacher was in it, so that adds another layer of awesome for me on top of it being objectively good (he played Eyeball)

  27. I’m trying to figure out what age is appropriate. I tried a couple years back when my son was 5? Needless to say my wife wasn’t too impressed with me. My nostalgia for the film I really didn’t think about the language. We didn’t make it more than 10mins before turning it off. I haven’t seen the film in years but know it’s always had a large impact on my childhood and has always been a favorite of my childhood memories. My sons now 7 but I’m thinking 10-12yrs old is probably the sweet spot? Anyways I can’t wait to watch it with him.

  28. Kudos to Rob Reiner for buying the rights to King's book "Different Seasons". Four novellas, three movies: Apt Pupil, Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me

  29. Wow. That's crazy! That face always haunted me. It was the first time I saw a depiction of a dead body in cinema that really connected. Because it seemed so real. I'm guessing that's the case for a lot of people.

  30. I love this film so much that I almost never watch it. Too powerful. I still use a load of the slang automatically, which is not a good look for a 45 year-old woman from Northen England. Apparently.

  31. The final scene of the boys going back into town and crossing the road bridge was shot in Brownsville, Oregon. I've driven across that bridge many times to go see family that live there.

  32. Great scene. That train was small enough to stop. It’s scary being in the locomotive and seeing someone or something on the tracks. Any respectable engineer or conductor would plug the train (hit the brakes). I know it’s a movie, tho.

  33. You're absolutely correct that they would have stopped. There's a handful of cars and a switch engine, hardly any weight, and the train crew clearly saw the kids because there's no other reason to whistle on the bridge. If they were in a huge hurry due to a following faster train, they could have been going much faster.

  34. Had such good memories of this movie as a kid...I watched this with my 7 year old son the other night.. Got about 5 minutes in and started to remember how much swearing was in it. Figured we were in this far might as well just finish it.

  35. I showed this movie in a cinema English class in Japan. My coworker left the room during the movie, so I sat behind his laptop. There was anal porn all over the screen.

  36. To be fair, except for Stand By Me, can you name any coming of age movies about boys that don't include girls?

  37. Stand By Me is a movie that I watched when I was 7 or 8, depending on when it came out. My aunt and uncle would later own it on VHS and it's a movie I would watch every time I stayed the night with them.

  38. I don’t know. The Breakfast Club came out a year before and it has a pretty strong cultural impact. Same with the Goonies. But my pick for the 90’s is The Sandlot and Superbad for the 2000’s.

  39. “I’m actually serious about that. Rebecca romaine is married to the fat kid from Stand By Me. Can you believe that?! Doesn’t that piss you off?!”

  40. Jerry O Connell got super hot himself. Incidentally, he played Sheldon Cooper's brother on the last season of Big Bang Theory. Wil Wheaton, of course, played himself on BBT. I wonder if they had a reunion on set?

  41. I was about 8-9 when I first saw this movie. It seriously scared the crap out of me and I thought about it frequently for years after.

  42. I was born in 86 and am turning 36 this year. So either I’m older than I thought I was, or you got the dates mixed up lol

  43. The ending was one of those scenes that would cause me to tear up. Right after explaining River Pheonix's character was murdered later in life and then goes into something like "I never had any friends again like the ones I had when I was 12, Jesus, does anyone?" Poignant.

  44. This was shot in my hometown of Brownsville, Oregon right after my family moved to Oklahoma. Whenever it’s on TV, I always watch… It’s fun to see my dads old drugstore and the places we played growing up. One of my brothers friends was tapped to play the fat kid that threw up all over everyone at the pie eating contest, he would have been just perfect for the part, but declined at the last minute. Great movie.

  45. This was my older brothers favorite movie. It came out the year he was born and I watch it every year to remember him. This movie will always be close to my heart

  46. My only problem with this movie is that they inexplicably set it in Oregon instead of Maine. It literally would have taken zero effort to keep it in Maine. Portland is a major city in the state, the trees and rivers and railroads look the same, etc. I'm salty they changed it for no apparent reason because I wish my home state would get a bit more representation in Hollywood.

  47. Might be Oregon at the time was more tax friendly to movie production. That goes a long way in determining where things are filmed.

  48. That is strange I wonder why they did that. Especially since Maine is so strongly associated with King novels.

  49. That never dawned on me, but I don’t like it! One of my favorite things about King novels is the frequent use of Maine as a backdrop/setting.

  50. Fun fact! It was filmed in the cutest town you’ve never heard of - Brownsville Oregon. It’s celebrity resident? Sam Elliot. He tells everyone at the local pub - I’m Sam Elliot, get over it. I understand though. Apparently my friend saw him at the car dealership for service a while back and all the employees were accosting him for photos. Anyways - Brownsville. Flipping cutest town!

  51. "I Never Had Any Friends Later On Like The Ones I Had When I Was Twelve. Jesus, Does Anyone?"

  52. I remember seeing this movie as a kid in a hotel late at night after my parents went to sleep and the scene i remember the most is one of the boys sitting at a train track looking at a deer.

  53. If you are having troubles finding the book it is because it was published in Different Seasons and titled “Fall from Innocence”.

  54. Correction sir, the title of the novella is The Body and 'Fall from Innocence' is the subtitle. Fun fact - all 4 novellas has a subtitle that pertains to the 4 different seasons, the other three being 'Hope Springs Eternal' for The Shawshank Redemption, 'Summer of Corruption' for Apt Pupil, and 'A Winter's Tale' for The Breathing Method.

  55. When I was about the same age, we would walk down the tracks to a similar bridge then we jumped into the river (about 50 ft below), hurt like a mother******! This was extremely dangerous and some kids died doing this, also I think I heard the water was polluted with dangerous chemicals (not sure about this but wouldn’t surprise me). Anyways, this movie was most definitely on my mind while we did this, it had such a huge influence on me as a kid.

  56. I’ve spent over 3 months visiting Oregon this year and was staying in Sweet Home right next to Brownsville. We spent much time in Brownsville because my friends lived and grew up there. There’s a special bench, a little library and incredible hidden museum with a Stand by Me section and all the clippings and goings on while filming. Charming tiny town of shops. My friends grew up in several houses there. Every year Brownsville still has “Stand by Me Day”. If someone reminds me later I have incredible pictures that I took within the last year to present. 🌲🚲🏔🏘👦🏻

  57. Really reminds of exploring outdoors as a kid in the 60-70’s. Really I don’t kids experience the outdoors like this any more unless the live on a farm.

  58. Having one of those "I totally forgot i saw the movie and now remember most of the scenes" moments

  59. I always thought it was a plot hole on why didn’t the train just apply the brakes? Might not been able to completely stop but could have slowed down enough to give the kids time to get off the tracks. Guess back in the 50’s running over kids was considered part of the job for train engineers.

  60. I've watched this movie probably more than any other movie ever. Had recorded it on vhs from hbo back in the 80s . Would put it on at night to fall asleep to for years. Fantastic film.

  61. Thank you but the unnecessary crisis - I thought I just turned 37 (born in ‘85), but your title made me think I was older than I thought.

  62. And it also gave the titular song a big comeback, getting to 9 on the Hot 100 more than 20 years after its first chart run.

  63. I saw this earlier this year and I can't believe it took me so long. Was a great movie! I really appreciated it showing kids being kids instead of kids being these strong moral characters beyond their years. I feel like that's a lost art these days...

  64. I think your math is off cause I was born in 85 and I’m only 37. That really messed with me, had me thinking I didn’t know my own age for a minute there.

  65. Wil Wheaton was remarkable in this film. Damn, all the cast was perfect, and in the right places in their lives to best portray these characters.

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