Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (1st time was at a video night with friends in ’87, video, cable, 13 Oct 1992, DVD, 17 April 2013 and 2 Mar 2015)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Four 12 year old friends go on a journey to find a dead body and make themselves famous.
My Take on it – This is my favorite coming of age movies.
I recall seeing this when I was 13 and I was so deeply affected by the characters and the story that it has always had a special place in my heart.
This movie perhaps resonates so well with people because we can easily feel the experiences and changes that the boys undergo during the course of the film.
The bond of friendship between them feels very strong and we can believe in their faith and trust in one another.
The kind of friendship portrayed here is one that borders betwen innocence and the realization of responsibility in life to others.
My friends and I use to pretend we were Gordy, Chris, Teddy and Vern when we would walk home from school constantly quoting lines from all of the characters and pretending we were on our way to some secret quest.
Many of Stephen King’s books have been adapted to the screen and after having read and seen many of them, I can confidently say that this is one of the most faithful adaptations if not THE most faithful ever made. A few minor scenes are left out, but overall it is very close to the way everything occurs in the book itself. The one scene that i think should have been kept was at least an explanation as to the repercussions and payback that the characters encountered following the resolution of their journey.
The four young actors chosen for the main roles are all amazing. Wil Wheaton, River Pheonix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell all got lots of interesting roles after they made this movie.
The soundtrack amazingly captures the era of the 50’s and the title song by Ben. E. King that was used for this movie and the music video even includes some of the actors.
Watch it here!
Bottom Line – Great adaptation of a King book, perhaps one of the most faithful ones. Excellent performances by the 4 boys who all went on to continue in the industry. One of the best coming of age movies ever made because it really makes us think about how their lives are changed by the events in the story. Great title song. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After Rob Reiner screened the movie for Stephen King, Reiner noticed that King was visibly shaking and wasn’t speaking. King left the room and upon his return, he told Reiner that the movie was the best adaptation of his work he had ever seen. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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