“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”
Decades after its release in 1986, Rob Reiner‘s STAND BY ME remains one of the most beloved film adaptations ever – and an enduring, nostalgic “end of summer” movie staple. Based on prolific horror icon Stephen King‘s short story “The Body”, this coming-of-age tale set in enigmatic Castle Rock, Oregon over Labor Day weekend, 1959 is a cinematic touchstone for 80s kids everywhere, and made stars out of its four young leads, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell.
After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, they encounter a mean junk man and a marsh full of leeches, as they also learn more about one another and their very different home lives. While just a lark at first, the boys’ adventure is colored by the personal pressures brought to bear on all of them by the adult world, and eventually evolves into a defining event in their lives. With Kiefer Sutherland, John Cusack, and Richard Dreyfuss.
“This is as fresh and moving as it was when it was first released. Superbly acted…the classic of its genre.” (Empire Magazine)
“It has aged into a staple of youthful nostalgia for its deft straddling of the line between childhood and adulthood… STAND BY ME gets its staying power from its well-measured bittersweet take on the good ol’ days, resulting from the combination of Rob Reiner’s intuitive knack for seeing through a child’s eyes and the writer’s brutal awareness of what comes afterward.” (Rolling Stone)
Sunday, September 3
Doors 7:45 pm | Movie 8:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets HERE
STAND BY ME (Rob Reiner, 1986 / 89 mins / PG) After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC
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