5 things you didn't know about 'Stand By Me' on its 30th anniversary
Few movies about boyhood are revered as much as Stand By Me, the Rob Reiner masterpiece that turns 30 years old today.
Released Aug. 8, 1986, the movie is a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “The Body.” But did you know the book where the story appears? Hardcore King fans probably can recall it. It was Different Seasons, which spawned two other movies based on its short stories: The Shawshank Redemption (from "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”) and Apt Pupil (from a story by the same name).
What else do you remember from Stand By Me? Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the iconic movie on its 30th anniversary:
1. Those may look like cigarettes that the kids smoke during the movie, but they didn’t contain tobacco. Instead they were made from cabbage leaves - a demand that the anti-smoking Reiner made.
2. The movie’s young stars - River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell - got themselves in frequent trouble at the hotel they stayed at. Late night antics included throwing furniture into the pool, and hacking the video games in the lobby so they could play for free. And according to legend, Phoenix covered a car in the parking lot with mud - before being told by his buddies that it was Kiefer Sutherland's ride he had just pranked.
3. Though the movie has a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, not every film critic loved it. Dave Kehr of the Chicago Tribune called Stand By Me “a film of honorable ambitions severely compromised by a creeping show-biz phoniness.”
4. In the theatrical release, the final words typed - "Jesus, does anyone?" - were added in post-production. How can you tell? The size and color of the letters don’t match the other words on the screen. But if you didn’t see Stand By Me in theaters - and in this clip - you wouldn’t know because this scene was re-shot for video release.
5. When Reiner screened the movie for King, the author was silent and shaking and had to leave the room. Upon his return, King reportedly told Reiner that Stand By Me was the best adaptation of his work he had seen.