Stand by Me
The film's name comes from the song "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King from 1961. The song was also the theme song. This film was modeled from a novella by Stephen King called "The Body" and was the ninth filmed story from the author. The film tells the story Show more... of a group of 10-year-old friends out on their own and the trials and tribulation they are confronted with along the journey.
Jay Boyar Its perspective is that of a knowing adult, which is to say that though the film is frequently affectionate and funny, it contains a drop too much condescension to be entirely successful.
Pat Graham Reiner seems lost in his own cinematic wilderness -- button-down careful, almost afraid to move
Variety Staff Scripters have written inspired dialog for this quartet of plucky boys at that hard-to-capture age when they're still young enough to get scared and yet old enough to want to sneak smokes and cuss.