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10 Essential Facts About 80’s Film “Stand By Me”


10 Essential Facts About 80’s Film “Stand By Me”

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about this coming-of-age film.

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1. Director Rob Reiner used an auditioning process that ensured the lead boy’s personalities specifically fit their roles 

Image: Columbia Pictures

“I was awkward and nerdy and shy and uncomfortable in my own skin and really, really sensitive,” said Wil Wheaton in 2011, “and River was cool and really smart and passionate and — even at that age — kind of like a father figure to some of us. Jerry was one of the funniest people I had ever seen in my life, either before or since, and Corey was unbelievably angry and in an incredible amount of pain and had an absolutely terrible relationship with his parents.”

2. The boys were actually completely safe during the train-dodge scene… But they weren’t safe from Reiner’s yelling!

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Image: Columbia Pictures

This scene was in part performed by Wil Wheaton and Jerry O’Connell’s stunt doubles, who were women with cropped hair. In other parts, when the train appeared to be coming up close behind the boys, an extra-long teleporto lens was used to create this effect – the train was actually much further away than it appeared. In the scene, Rob Reiner yelled at the Wheaton and O’Connell out of frustration because they didn’t seem frightened enough. When they began to cry, they filmed the scene.

3. The vomit seen in the “Lardass” story was a concoction of blueberry mix and cottage cheese.

Gross!

4. The cigarettes the boys are seen to smoke are made of cabbage leaves…

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…as Reiner demanded. The director was ardently a non-smoker and in fact campaigned for anti-smoking laws in California.


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