Stand by Me

Title: Stand by Me
Year: 1986
Director: Rob Reiner
Writers: Raynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans, based on a novella by Stephen King
Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland
Music: Jack Nitzsche (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay; currently #162 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 89 minutes
Synopsis: four friends hike for a day to find a dead body
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), February 2009
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for concept and cinematography) c. 3.1/4 (Very good).

Well-made as far as story-telling goes. The acting is surprisingly good, too; it’s hard to believe that these kids are directed by the same guy who made North.

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