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Title: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 30, 2013, 09:08:53 pm
Stand by Me
Special Edition

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Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUVnfaA-kpI

I have loved Stand by Me since the day I saw it on opening day and what's not to love about it? It's probably one of my all time favorite 'Road Trip' films. Most people wouldn't think to call it that because no cars are involved in the kids getting from Point A to Point B, but it is definitely a Road Trip flick. The story itself is pretty simple in its setup of the gang of four setting out to go find and see a dead body. The script really doesn't have any weak spots at all and what I love most about this one in particular is that over the course of time we get to learn a little about each character and what their relationship is toward each other in what is the epitome of a coming-of-age story.

The cast is Ace's in my book. Pun intended. It's a who's who of actors with Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman, John Cusack, Casey Siemaszko and Kiefer Sutherland as Ace. They even got it right in casting Richard Dreyfuss as the older Gordie. Dreyfuss' narration is pitch perfect in this one. I actually hold the narration of Stand By Me in high regards and is on par with The Shawshank Redemption when it comes to the Best Ever when casting the perfect voice to tell a story. So many iconic scenes can be found throughout this one: Leeches, Train Race, Campfire, Pie-eating Contest. The list goes on and on. Props to Rob Reiner for his casting choice and doing such a great job putting the film together.

Speaking of iconic scenes, how f*cking awesome was Jerry during his escape from the Train? Go back and watch the scene again and look at the terror on his face as he runs for his life. What makes this scene my all time favorite in the movie is that they never were being threatened by a locomotive, obviously. Now THAT's acting my friend! Jerry in the rest of the movie was just as awesome too. Not bad for a film debut huh?

This movie was a timeless classic the moment I walked out of the theater that day. I knew that this one would become one for the ages and I am not wrong in that assessment. What I didn't foresee was that so many of the actors would go onto bigger and better things in their respective careers. I highly recommend this as a Buy. It's one of the few DVD's I will never sell. Ever. Also, fantastic soundtrack that I still find myself playing on occasion, with the best of course being the title track by Ben E, King.

If anyone disagrees with me and my views on how amazing Stand By Me is, well, you can 'Suck my fat one, you cheap dime-store hood'. (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Smilies/0%20All%20Smilies/HTL_biggrin.gif)
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 30, 2013, 09:09:37 pm
Stand by Me DVD Screencaps

Coming soon. Count on it.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on March 30, 2013, 10:48:30 pm
I honestly don't remember the last time I saw this.  I remember NOTHING except the once-over that was done on Family Guy.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 30, 2013, 10:57:49 pm
It's Garry Shandling's Show (Season 1 Episode 14 Dial L for Laundry)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K9qBo4fZT4

Time for you to revisit it then! As for other shows doing their take on Stand By Me, NOTHING tops It's Garry Shandling's Show. Head to the end during the credits with the man himself, Rob Reiner.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Mac on March 31, 2013, 04:44:37 am
Simply, one of the greatest movies ever

And it.by Stephen King of all folks
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 31, 2013, 07:43:07 am
I'm sure you've already seen it, but the Special Edition DVD has a very cool 30 minute retrospective with all the people involved in the making of the film, including Stephen King. Sadly, the one person not involved is of course River Phoenix. RIP.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Mac on March 31, 2013, 07:50:41 am
Wow, that there represents so much talent. Great song, great director and one of my favorite comedians ever.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 31, 2013, 08:55:57 am
Wow, that there represents so much talent. Great song, great director and one of my favorite comedians ever.

I'm guessing your referring to It's Garry Shandling's Show right?
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Mac on March 31, 2013, 02:34:05 pm
Garry Shandling the comedian. Loved his standup and his show. Just so natural and funny.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on April 28, 2013, 10:20:06 pm
Eight minutes in.  It's so telling that my mind immediately thought "baby Wil!"  "baby Slider!"  Although at the time the movie came out, I was more baby than them.

Oh!  Is that John Cusack as Wil's brother?  Gawd!

I will say that the Family Guy parody is still whistling in my ear as I watch this, making me judge it a little harshly.  But who cares, really?
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 28, 2013, 10:38:25 pm
Cusack is a baby in this one as well. So damn young in the movie. It's also hard for me to reconcile that the same young Wheaton in Stand By Me, is the same old, bearded Wheaton in The Big Bang Theory.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on April 28, 2013, 10:44:42 pm
Tell me about it!  But Cusack is still identifiable (so is Jack Bauer) but Wheaton has double baby because Wesley Crusher is baby Wheaton so Lachance is Baby Wesley or Baby Baby Wil.

Unfortunately, there's not enough time for there to be a Baby River.

Kinda getting the impression that River's character might be gay or bi-curious.

This is actually making me think for some reason of a story Wil Wheaton told, and I don't remember where, about house-sitting and breaking someone's terrarium.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on April 28, 2013, 10:58:56 pm
BTW, at the part where they're crossing the bridge ("Traiiiiin!") and I don't know why no one even suggested WAITING until the next train rolled past and THEN crossing.  Take a break from all that walking and play it sage.  It would still take less time than walking to the other bridge and back.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 28, 2013, 11:06:13 pm
BTW, at the part where they're crossing the bridge ("Traiiiiin!") and I don't know why no one even suggested WAITING until the next train rolled past and THEN crossing.

I said that very thing when I saw it in the theater. Even then, I was picking apart things that didn't make sense to me as a kid.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on April 28, 2013, 11:12:45 pm
This is the same group of kids who are dumb enough to also go on a camping trip without food, give a gun to the crazy kid while they sleep, and not notice that River's gay.  I'm not surprised they didn't think of it.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 28, 2013, 11:16:55 pm
I don't think he is gay. He was just very protective of Gordie, much like a father figure, even if they were the same age.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on April 28, 2013, 11:33:15 pm
Also, I know his character's name is Chris, but my name is also Chris and I don't want to keep typing "Chris is gay," and not because it's like a chant and will come true if you say it enough, nor am I overcompensating for anything in the other threads, not at all, not me, not straight-as-an-arrow Chris!

But hear me out, they're very close, they care for each other like they wouldn't care for anyone else, I guess it would be kinda nice if they were a little curious, give them the option to at least find out if it's true or not (and maybe they're not, which is fine, just closure on that avenue), at least, but it was the fake 50s, who knew about that sort of thing back then, or dared to think?  You can certainly select some evidence to support that theory (remember the talk about schools? "You'll meet other boys." "You mean other p*ssies?"  Ponder that.  Ponder, I say!)  At least keep your mind open to the possibility, but the nicest interpretation of that, like a tragic young love story type thing.

BTW, how is Gordie aware of what's happening with the gang, given that he's not there for it?  Like, I can see how he would guess how the gang starts to follow them, but how does he know about the game of chicken?
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 28, 2013, 11:36:57 pm
All I have to say to that is "Chopper, sic balls".
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on April 28, 2013, 11:43:40 pm
Oh my god, I'm at the part where Wil's just crying and sobbing "it shoulda been me" and River's comforting him and I just want him to hold him, it's so sweet.

AH!  Keifer just called him a "F*ggot!"

And if you remember the exchange after Wil scares Keifer away with the gun...
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on April 28, 2013, 11:50:54 pm
God that was great.  Though I think it's also telling that when the credits started I honestly expected them to say "Baby Wil Wheaton as Gordie Lachance" etc.

Now, I'm wondering now if Dreyfuss actually did the voice for the voice-over, I know sometimes his brother does it and I'm remembering that the voice-over stopped once we SEE at the end, now I'm not sure. 
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 28, 2013, 11:54:52 pm
Dreyfuss ftw!!
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on April 29, 2013, 12:01:16 am
Watching the reunion thingy, talk about time whiplash.  One of the first thing Wil says is "my sons just graduated from college."  Wow.  And he's got the evil Wil beard.

BTW, can't believe that Jerry isn't in the reunion thingy.  Come on!
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 29, 2013, 12:05:06 am
BTW, can't believe that Jerry isn't in the reunion thingy.  Come on!

He was too busy trying to justify The Munsters to do any reunion.
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Neumatic on April 29, 2013, 12:11:27 am
Once in a lifetime opportunity!  No, can't make it.

Although if I was married to Rebecca Romijn and attached to my brother at the hip, I probably wouldn't leave the house either!

See, I was making mental notes of stuff to inspire me from this one, now her name is stuck in my head.  Maybe on the cover of one of the mags the boys were reading at the beginning, perhaps.  "I'm gonna marry this girl someday!" "Sure you will, fatty!"
Title: Re: Stand by Me (1986)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 28, 2016, 09:39:20 pm
Stand by Meí Oral History: Rob Reiner and Cast on River Phoenix and How Coming-of-Age Classic Almost Didnít Happen (https://www.yahoo.com/movies/stand-oral-history-rob-reiner-cast-river-phoenix-190520150.html)

Fantastic read. I want more.