Stand by Me

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    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.

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    Stand by Me is a small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after.

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    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.

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    It stands, sweet and strong, ribald, outrageous and funny, like its heroes themselves -- a bit gamy around the edges, perhaps, but pure and fine clear through. It's one of those treasures absolutely not to be missed.

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    Stand by Me is a film of honorable ambitions severely compromised by a creeping show-biz phoniness.

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    Reiner seems lost in his own cinematic wilderness -- button-down careful, almost afraid to move

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    Good luck choking back the tears, folks.

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    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.

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    The film is so well-observed and so energetically acted by its young cast that mawkishness is kept at bay.

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    Rob Reiner's direction hammers in every obvious element in an obvious script.

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    It's as effective in 2009 as it was upon its initial release, and the richness of its tapestry, densely woven from human emotions and character interaction, ensure it will never lose that relevance.

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