The film's name comes from the song "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King from 1961. The song was also the theme song. This film was modeled from a novella by Stephen King called "The Body" and was the ninth filmed story from the author. The film tells the story of a group of 10-year-old friends out on their own and the trials and tribulation they are confronted with along the journey.
Stand by Me is, and always will be, a timeless coming of age film that is never diminished by subsequent viewings.
It is a career high point for the four young leads and will forever stir sadness at the loss of River Pheonix at such a young age.
Though set long before my time, these friends are my friends. We had the club house, we went looking for adventure, we laughed together and were there for each other when things were hard. True friendship makes a lasting impression and this film stirs those memories.
Stand by Me is as poignant today as it was 25 years ago and is simply must see, or see again.