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Acclaimed for his work directing such movies as When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men and of course, Stand By Me, it is hardly surprising that director Rob Reiner would be included in a DVD library collection of top film directors.
In this particular volume, actors such as Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Michael Douglas, Family Ties's Michael J. Fox and three of River's Stand By Me co-stars Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman and John Cusack, talk openly about their admiration for the director and recall their own experiences of working with him on various movie projects. Rob Reiner himself is also interviewed and adds his own insights into the movies he has directed and recounts many tales and anecdotes that took place behind the scenes.
A highly enjoyable program, it begins by acknowledging Reiner's big break as a cast member of All in the Family before moving onto his first two movies This is Spinal Tap and The Sure Thing. Wil Wheaton's immortal "TRAIN!!!" line then heralds a change of subject to Reiner's next project, a movie that even to this day the director still describes as the most important film he has ever made, Stand By Me.
After discussing the movie itself, Reiner makes a point of talking about one particular member of the movie's cast. In the most poignant part of the whole documentary, the director repeatedly describes River as "a natural" remembering him as "a very gentle soul and very connected to things of life."
"It's ironic that at the end of the film, the character that he plays, Chris Chambers, walks off and just disappears out of the frame and he goes away, and that's kind of strange... and sad."- Rob Reiner