Stand by Me is an American classic and will always be one of my all-time favorite movies. It stars River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell. The date is set in the late 1950’s in a small town. This adventure film is fun for the whole family.
The movie starts by introducing a group of young boys. A teen known in the town has been missing but no one knows where to find him. Some of the young boys heard their older, hell-raising brothers talking about how they have seen the young man’s body. Push comes to shove the young boys all set out on what they called a “camping trip,” which was really a search party for the body of the young man. Little did the boys know, their older brothers were also going back to the body.
As this film took place most of the setting is in the great outdoors; however some of the sets had to be constructed. The most memorable set was the tree house scene in which the boys are playing cards. The set design team made a 3-d tree three-walled tree house with a trap door to allow the stars to act like they were climbing a ladder into the tree.
The music in the background of the movie was music that was set in that time. The boys at one point were walking down the rail road tracks singing a very popular country song from that era.
I personally loved the film. I would recommend anyone that likes an old-time feel of the country, think late 1950’s, to watch this film. This movie really puts in perspective some of the ways it feels to by a young man in the south.
By: Noah West