Four preteen boys from Oregon set off on an overnight adventure to find a body - there are no girls, first kisses, huge revelations, or big-name movie stars in the film. Yet, from these stories about the making of Stand by Me, it's easy to see why the film is often regarded among the best coming-of-age movies in cinema history. If not for a few lucky breaks, however, the movie perhaps would not exist at all.
Stand by Me is an adaptation of Stephen King's 1982 novella The Body. Director Rob Reiner was coming off of the modest box office success of his mockumentary This is Spinal Tap and seemed like an unlikely choice to lead the project. However, the former TV actor was able to hone the raw talent of the four leads - Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell - making them appear as if they had been best friends their whole lives.
The production, like that of many great films, was filled with obstacles. No studio in Hollywood even wanted to make the film and, of course, plenty of hijinx and hard lessons ensued on the set. Not only did the characters grow up on their adventure to find Ray Brower, but the actors who played them grew up as well.
Rob Reiner Used Theater Games To Help The Boys Trust One Another
The Four Boys Became Close Friends During Production
Rob Reiner Had To Scare The Boys During The Train Scene
Rob Reiner Coached River Phoenix Through The Movie's Most Emotional Scene
Kiefer Sutherland Stayed In Character Throughout The Shoot
Stuntwomen Were Used For The Train Chase Scene