Two for Flinching!
No summer is complete until I watch Rob Reiner’s coming-of-age classic Stand by Me.
Hands down one of my favorite movies of all time, Stand by Me has the ability to transport us all back to our younger and more carefree days, back when summer seemed to last forever and adventure waited around every corner.
From its charming soundtrack—crowned by Ben E. King’s eponymous song—and meandering plot marked by memorable incidents featuring junk yard dogs, leeches, and oncoming trains, Stand by Me, while it catered towards men, is easy to watch and meaningful for all viewers, starting quietly but leaving audiences powerfully moved afterwards.
Narrated by Richard Dreyfus and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell, not to mention familiar faces like John Cusack and Kiefer Sutherland, the comical, eccentric cast adds an air of lightness to a movie which, at its heart, is about death and self-discovery.
August 8 marks 30 years since the film was first released in theaters in 1986, and the movie still remains an icon of coming-of-age Americana. In fact, fans of Netflix’s new miniseries Stranger Things were treated to a myriad of references and allusions from the film, even ones as obvious as the four main characters walking down railroad tracks.
Is it one of your favorites as well? Chances are you’ll still be stunned to learn some of these insightful fun facts about Stand by Me!