Stand By Me Movie Review Summary

Actors: River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Stand By Me

One of a group of friends hears a story about the dead body of a boy hit by a train quite a ways away. The friends decide to take a trip to find the body. They make up cover stories for their parents and set out, following the railroad tracks.
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When they stop for a snack they discover they've forgotten the food. They pool their money and make a trip to the store. Along the way, they have several adventures; such as, they get caught on a bridge with a train coming and they get off just in time and while wading across a swamp they get covered with leeches.

The aspiring writer of the group, Gordie, tells stories. After a couple days, the boys finally find the body.   They're confronted by a group of local bullies, but after a short standoff the boys and the bullies go their seperate ways. On their way home the boys are pretty quiet, not knowing exactly what to say after seeing what they've seen.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson

    This coming-of-age story is about four boys in the 1950's who go looking for a corpse. Along the way, they laugh, cry and get into some trouble. They also learn to overcome their fears and manage their feelings. In the end, they all end up changing very much and realize more of what life is really about.
The review of this Movie prepared by Lindsay

Stand by me is a coming of age story about four boys on a search for the body of a missing boy their age. Based on the short novella 'The Body' by Stephen King.
The review of this Movie prepared by ASH!

Four boys look for the dead body of a boy their age, but during the adventure, they learn about themselves. They also learn more about each other, and the movie shows how important friendship is. From dealing with the loss of a sibling, to unfair treatment, this group of friends stick together.
The review of this Movie prepared by Meg P

A coming of age story based on "The Body", a novella by Stephen King. Four boys head off in search of a dead body and end up finding more baout themselevs than they ever imagined
The review of this Movie prepared by Kyle

Script Analysis of Stand By Me

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   general coming of age story Age group    -   trouble in grade school

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW The Americas (not US):    -   Yes Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   A lot of foul language If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   book

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