45. Stand By Me
Stephen King will sadly only be known as a horror writer it seems. His short stories and his novellas are some of the best work he’s ever done. My favorite of all his books is Different Seasons comprised of 4 novellas. This is the book that contains the short stories that later became Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil and Stand by Me (titled ‘The Body’).
There has never been a better adaptation of one of his books than Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me. Only a part of the reason is because of King’s brilliant story. Much of the dialogue and narration is drawn straight out of the source material. King’s nostalgic look at growing up in the 50’s is at it’s best here (not unlike Stephen King’s IT!). The characters talk the way young friends actually speak to each other.
Mix in the hilarious narration from a grown up Gordie and a great soundtrack of 50’s classics there is little to dislike in this movie.
“Kids lose everything unless there's someone there to look out for them.”