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After an incredible two-day odyssey, Wil Wheaton (l.), Corey Feldman (2nd from l.), River Phoenix (2nd from r.) and Jerry O'Connell (r.) realize that as adults they won't be much different from the boys they are in 1959. Columbia Pictures' "STAND BY ME," based on the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, 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.
This is a weekend like no other. For four friends, it is their turn to see there are places where you can't go alone, discoveries which can only be shared, and times when the best thing in life is a special buddy.
Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and Kiefer Sutherland star in Columbia Pictures' "Stand By Me," a film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Andrew Scheinman, Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon, and also starring Richard Dreyfuss as The Writer and John Cusack. Gideon and Evans wrote the screenplay, adapted from a novella, "The Body," by celebrated author Stephen King.
About the Story...
In a treehouse at the edge of Castle Rock, a small, woodsy town in Oregon, a budding 12-year-old writer named Gordie Lachance is about to begin an extraordinary two-day trek into the heart of the Northwestern forest, an experience that will alter the course of his life forever.
Gordie (Wil Wheaton) is busy losing a penny card game with his 13-year-old best friend, Chris Chambers (River Phoenix), and 12-year-old Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman), when a fist raps at the trapdoor. Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell), another 12-year-old, bursts in with a startling announcement.
For several days, the boys have been following news reports on the radio about a 12-year-old boy who went hunting for blueberries in the woods and hasn't been seen since. Vern, while digging under his porch, has overheard an awesome secret; His older brother, Billy, and a friend have accidentally stumbled upon the body of the missing boy, dead alongside railroad tracks deep in the forest.
Fascinated, the boys learn that the disclosure includes a pact between the older youths not to report their incredible find to the authorities. Since the gruesome discovery was made while the pair were joyriding in a stolen car, they are afraid of the serious consequences if the truth be known.
Gordie and his pals in the treehouse wager that if they can be the ones to "discover" the body and report it, they will be able to take all the credit. In Castle Rock and all over the news, Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern will be heroes.