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Los Angeles

Stand By Me

Stephen King

The Body

Rob Reiner

Kiefer Sutherland

Canada

Columbia Pictures

Wil Wheaton

Raynold Gideon

Bruce Evans

Corey Feldman

Gordie Lachance

Vern Tessio

Jerry O'Connell

Richard Dreyfuss

Ace Merrill

Castle Rock

Academy Awards

American Graffiti

Toronto, Canada

Anyway? Whose Life Is It

Martin Ritt

Barbra Streisand

At Close Range

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Barry Levinson

Brotherhood of Justice

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Andrew Scheinman

Jack Nitzsche

Joel Schumacher

Lost Boys

Throne of Straw

The Bay Boy

Dan Petrie

Amazing Stories

Trapped in Silence

Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Jaws

Inserts

The Competition

The Big Fix

The Goodbye Girl

Hands of Its Enemy

The Normal Heart

Tinmen

Danny De Vito

Nuts

Minnesota Moon

John Olive

American Modern

Peter Garrett
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Pausing to reflect on the past as he works at his word processor, Richard Dreyfuss stars as a popular fiction writer in Columbia Pictures' "STAND BY ME," which also stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, the film was directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans, and produced by Andrew Scheinman, along with Evans and Gideon.

Columbia Pictures

RICHARD DREYFUSS

Biography

In Columbia Pictures' "Stand By Me," Richard Dreyfuss makes a special appearance as The Writer and narrates the journey of four boys who set out on a two-day adventure with dreams of becoming town heroes and find themselves tested in ways they had never imagined. One of the boys, Gordie Lachance, is a sensitive 12-year-old fledgling writer. Dreyfuss narrates the story as the grown-up Gordie, matured into a highly successful author for whom the past is forever a vivid memory. Directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans, based on the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, the film stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and Kiefer Sutherland, and was produced by Andrew Scheinman with Evans and Gideon.

Richard Dreyfuss, as the grown-up writer, relates his memories of the adventures of the adolescent quartet in their hometown of Castle Rock in 1959. For several days, Gordie and his friends have been following news reports about a 12-year-old boy who went hunting for blueberries in the woods and hasn't been seen since. One of the group has overheard his brother reveal that he and a friend have discovered the boy's body in the deep woods, alongside railroad tracks. Since the gruesome discovery was made while the youths were out joyriding in a stolen car, they have pacted to keep their find a secret. Gordie and his chums set out to find the body; "Stand By Me" is their story.

Since his 1973 film debut in "American Graffiti," Los Angeles-native Dreyfuss has had starring roles in "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz," "Jaws," "Inserts," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "The Competition," "The Big Fix," "Whose Life Is It Anyway?," as well as receiving an Academy Award for his performance in "The Goodbye Girl." Most recently the actor starred in the box-office hit comedy, "Down and Out in Beverly Hills."

Dreyfuss also has numerous stage credits, including recent Los Angeles productions of "Hands of Its Enemy" and "The Normal Heart."

Upcoming for the actor are starring roles in the feature films "Tinmen" with Danny De Vito for director Barry Levinson, and "Nuts," opposite Barbra Streisand for veteran director Martin Ritt.

Columbia Pictures presents an Act III Production of a Rob Reiner Film, "Stand By Me," starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and Kiefer Sutherland, and also starring Richard Dreyfuss as The Writer. Directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Reynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans, based upon the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, the film was produced by Andrew Scheinman, Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon. Music is by Jack Nitzsche.

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Columbia Pictures

KIEFER SUTHERLAND

Biography

Kiefer Sutherland plays town-tough leader, Ace Merrill, in Columbia Pictures' "Stand By Me," a story of four boys who set out on a two-day adventure with dreams of becoming town heroes but before their odyssey is over they are tested in ways they had never imagined. Starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell, the film was directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans, based on the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King and produced by Andrew Scheinman with Evans and Gideon.

Ace Merrill is a natural-born leader who finds himself the head of a group of boys who, at the end of the 1950s, when most of "Stand By Me" is set, were labeled "hoods." Attired in blue jeans and t-shirts with rolled up sleeves in which cigarette packs were stowed, these boys constantly found themselves at odds with the adult establishment. Ace was no exception.

For several days, everyone in the town of Castle Rock had been following the news reports about a 12-year-old boy who went hunting for blueberries in the woods and hasn't been seen since. Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell), one of the quartet of young adventurers, has overheard his brother reveal that he and another of member of Ace's gang have discovered the boy's body in the deep woods, alongside railroad tracks. Since the gruesome find was made while the youths were out joyriding in a stolen car, they have pacted to keep their find a secret. The four boys and Ace's gang both set out to find the body and grab their share of fame in this story, which powerfully mixes drama, suspense, adventure, comedy and introspection.

Kiefer Sutherland, most recently seen in "At Close Range," had a clear idea at an early age that he wanted to pursue an acting career. For the member of the show business family, his first major role came to him at age 9 with the Los Angeles Odyssey Theatre production of "Throne of Straw," in which he played a young boy in a concentration camp.

Moving to Toronto, Canada, at the age of 10, he did school plays and worked for several years in local theater workshops. Although he dedicated himself to school, he also went on auditions. Finally, in the summer of 1983, he landed the lead role in a feature-length 3-D film for a Toronto rock band. The financing fell through, but he went on his 45th audition to read for "The Bay Boy," a Canadian feature for director Dan Petrie.

"Dan Petrie had talked with my father about doing something in the film, and then found out that I had been acting and gave me a script," remembers Sutherland. "I don't think he thought that much about me doing it; there was some question about whether I would look right since I was still sporting the remnants of a punk hair-do for the other film. But after three weeks of auditioning, he took me." He received critical acclaim for his performance in the film.

Following this starring role, Sutherland went on to make several television appearances, including a featured role in an episode of "Amazing Stories." The young actor has also appeared on stage in "Minnesota Moon," a two-person play by John Olive, and "American Modern" by Peter Garrett at the Bayview Theater in Toronto.

More recently, Sutherland was before the cameras in the television movies of the week "Brotherhood of Justice" and "Trapped in Silence." He is currently starring in "Lost Boys," a feature for director Joel Schumacher.

Columbia Pictures presents an Act III Production of a Rob Reiner Film, "Stand By Me," starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and Kiefer Sutherland, and also starring Richard Dreyfuss as The Writer. Directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Reynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans, based upon the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, the film was produced by Andrew Scheinman, Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon. Music is by Jack Nitzsche.

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