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James Franco writes why he absolutely LOVES '80s flick 'Stand By Me'



Stand By Me is almost universally adored by the '80s generation. The 1986 film, based on a short story by Stephen King, has admirers both male and female, young and old, layman and now celebrity. James Franco penned a nice article for on why he loves Stand By Me so much still today.

"What’s so great about Stand By Me? Everything," Franco writes. "The kids are shown in their full splendor through camera positions, close-ups, timing, and most importantly, Richard Dreyfuss’s voice-over. Dreyfuss's voice perfectly conveys an older man looking back on his younger days, giving the film’s childish feelings, worries, and adventures a gravity of adulthood."

The film starred the late River Phoenix, pre-Star Trek Will Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell. It still maintains a 90 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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1. At the insistence of director/anti-smoking crusader Rob Reiner, the cigarettes smoked by the boys were made from cabbage leaves.

2. To keep in character, Kiefer Sutherland often picked on Wheaton, Phoenix, Feldman and O'Connell off-camera.

3. Phoenix had auditioned for the part of Gordie Lachance, but Reiner thought that he would be better cast as Chris Chambers.

4. In several interviews, Feldman has said that of all the characters he's played, the character of Teddy was the closest to his own personality at the time.

5. In the original theatrical release, the final words typed by The Writer, "Jesus, does anyone?" were obviously added in post-production. The size and color of the letters did not match the other words on the computer screen. This was re-shot for subsequent home video releases.


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