The gigantic success of the “IT” remake in 2017 triggered a new Stephen King adaptation craze. But of course Hollywood didn’t just discover the works of the best-selling author for themselves in the past few years. For decades, King’s numerous works have served as a reliable source of material for films and series. And even if not all of them are worth mentioning, there are always absolute highlights – such as “Stand By Me – The Secret of a Summer” from 1986.
If you feel like watching the coming-of-age classic again or have never seen it, you can watch on TV on Thursday evening (July 7, 2022): ZDFneo will show “Stand By Me” from 11 p.m. Of course you can also get the classic on Blu-ray in your home cinema – for example in high-resolution 4K (UK import with German language version).
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Stand By Me is based on Stephen King’s novella The Corpse, which can be found in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Death collection of stories (which is also the inspiration for The Condemned).
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The story of four friends who stumble from one dangerous adventure to the next as they stumble from one risky adventure to the end of the summer of 1959 in search of the body of a missing boy remains, for us, one of the best King adaptations of all time – just behind the masterpieces “The Shining”, “Carrie” and “The Condemned”.
Or as it says in the 4.5-star DashFUN review: “‘Stand By Me’ has deservedly secured its place in film history as one of the best teenage dramas. Rarely have young actors acted so movingly and believably that after a while you might think you’ve known them forever. A film that has stood the test of time and still conveys the refreshing feeling of a carefree childhood for an hour and a half.”
The youthful leading roles are held by four young actors of the time, some of whom were already taking off in Hollywood at the time (like “The Goonies” star Corey Feldman) or only later became better known – whether through other roles (like “Scream 2” victim Jerry O’Connell and “Star Trek: Next Generation prodigy Wil Wheaton) or rather by a much too early demise as in the case of Joaquin Phoenix’s brother River Phoenix, who died in 1993. Supporting roles also include a particularly nasty Kiefer Sutherland, John Cusack and Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss.
Incidentally, “Stand By Me” was staged by director Rob Reiner, who had an incredible run in the 80s with other cult films such as “This Is Spinal Tap”, “The Princess Bride” and “Harry and Sally” and in 1990 with “Misery” was also responsible for yet another masterful adaptation of King.
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This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.