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Deleted Posted 8 years 3 months ago
i loved this movie. i just whish they had of made it longer
clanman Posted 9 years 1 month ago
Another film that captures the wonder of childhood, get teary eyed when I watch it. Will never eat a blueberry pie ever!
since97 Posted 9 years 6 months ago
i saw this a year ago. corey feldman is so hot. i mean the young him
Renthead Posted 10 years 15 days ago
this is the film that started my obsession with River Phoenix
superhumansamuri Posted 10 years 3 months ago
i was watching this movie last night and its so good i love it,rob reiner is such a good director(who also directed misery which is another stephen king story)but i have always loved this movie sence i was a kid "chopper sick balls" lol
ShadowGnu Posted 10 years 6 months ago
LardA$$! LardA$$! LardA$$! LardA$$! LardA$$! LardA$$!
Nesysli Posted 10 years 7 months ago
Freakin awesome movie!
superbrittany Posted 11 years 4 months ago
I love this movie but it is a little bit odd and sad in a way. I wanna watch it now. The pie eatting contest is so gross!
jo8196 Posted 11 years 4 months ago
Teddy DuChamp ROCKS!
animefan123 Posted 11 years 7 months ago
This is by far, a awesome movie!
Backfromthedead Posted 11 years 11 months ago
LARDASS! omg that was the best and sickest part of them all!
rewf87650 Posted 12 years 1 month ago
This reminds me of the adventures I had. This movie is great.
BEOWULF THE AVATAR Posted 12 years 1 month ago
NONE BETTER,I GREW UP WITH FRIENDS JUST LIKE GORDY,CHRIS,VERN AND TEDDY.THE SANDLOT IS GREAT MOVIE ALSO.
adm10 Posted 12 years 2 months ago
Favorite scene is with the barf-o-rama...Lard Ass!
KidTVisDead Posted 12 years 7 months ago
Love it...!
angelbaby Posted 13 years 12 days ago
I love Stand By Me. I thought Chris Chambers was the cutest bad ass boy in the whole movie.
sweetjemmy Posted 13 years 1 month ago
This is my favourite movie of all time, its a great timeless story. River Phoenix RIP.
afterneath34 Posted 13 years 2 months ago
This was the first "R" rated movie I ever saw at the movie theater. I was only 14, and my parents took me. Wonderful movie.
verno Posted 13 years 4 months ago
STAND BY ME


Screenplay by

RAYNOLD GIDEON & BRUCE A. EVANS


Based on the short story "THE BODY"

by

STEPHEN KING


Draft Revised
April 30, 1985



FADE IN:

BLACK SCREEN. The title "THE BODY" DISSOLVES UP IN WHITE LETTERS.


FADE IN:


1 EXT. COUNTRY ROAD - LATE AFTERNOON 1


FADE OUT:


A hard autumn RAIN POUNDS a Morris Minor parked on the shoulder.
THROUGH the water-streaked WINDOWS, we see a blurred image of GORDON
LACHANCE, 37 , slumped down in the seat staring straight ahead.


2 INT. MORRIS MINOR - LATE. AFTERNOON 2

Lying on the dash is a crumpled copy of The Oregonian folded open to a
story whose headline reads "Local Attorney Fatally Stabbed in
Restaurant." Outside, a yellow school bus drops off a young boy.


Gordon watches as the buss drives off and the young boy, 12, yanks his
jacket up over his head and runs up the hill toward his house. THROUGH
THE WINDSHIELD we MOVE in on Gordon's face.


FADE IN:


NARRATOR (V.O)
(the adult voice Of
Gordon Lachance)
In all of our lives there's a fall
from innocence. A time after
which we are never the same.


FADE OUT:


3 EXT. CASTLE ROCK (A BLUE-COLLAR MILL TOWN) - MORNING 3

It's 7:30 and already hot. "BIRDDOG" by The Everly Brothers BLEEDS IN
ON THE SOUNDTRACK. The twelve-year old GORDON LACHANCE, dark hair, sweet
face, walks across the shady common. Temporary platforms have been
erected and a banner over them advertises the Castle Rock "Labor Day"
picnic.


NARRATOR (V.O.)
I was twelve going on thirteen when I first saw a
dead human being.


Gordon kicks a can down a tired looking street.

NARRATOR (V.O.)
(continuing)
It happened in 1960, a long time ago... although sometimes it doesn't
seem that long to me.


Gordie enters a vacant lot where a treehouse made of scavenged planks
swelter in the lower branches of an ancient elm.


4 INT. TREEHOUSE - MORNING 4

CHRIS CHAMBERS (12), good looking, dirty blond, all American, with a
fading black eye, sits across a ratty card table from Gordie. Between
them, TEDDY DUCHAMP (12), coke-bottle glasses and hair much longer than
either of them, draws a card from a stack and discards one in his hand.


CHRIS
How do you know a Frenchman's been
in your back yard?


FREDDY
Hey, I'm French, okay?


CHRIS
Your garbage cans are empty and
your dog is pregnant.


TEDDY
Didn't I just say I was French?

CHRIS
I knock.


Gordie draws and gets nothing belpful. Teddy draws.

CHRIS
(continuing; laying
down diamonds)
Twenty-nine.


TEDDY
(thinking he's lost)
Twenty-two.


GORDIE
(slams his cards on the table)
Piss up a rope.


TEDOY
(bugles)
Gordie's out. Ole' Gordie just bit the bag and stepped out the
door. Eee-eee-eee ...


His laugh sounds like a rusty nail being hauled out a rotten board.
Teddy scratches the back of his head and we get a glimpse of a
flesh-colored hearing aid stuck into an ear that looks like a lump of
warm wax.


NARRATOR (V.O.)
(as Teddy deals)
Teddy was the craziest guy we around with. His favorite sport was what he
called "truck dodging." He'd run out in front of the big rigs on 196 and let them
miss him by bare inches.


Gordie leaves the table and picks up a "Master
Detective" to read. Chris draws and discards.


TEDDY
I knock -

CHRIS
You four-eyed pile of shit.

TEDDY
(gravely)
The pile of shit has a thousand
eyes.


Gordie and Chris look at each other and crack up.


TEDDY
(continuing; looks
at them quizzically)
what?... what's so funny?... Come
on, I got thirty. What have you
got?


CHRIS
(laughing)
Sixteen.


TEDDY
Go ahead. Keep laughing. You're down to your ride, pal. Ccme on. Let's
go.


Still grinning, Chris starts to shuffle.


NARRATOR (V.O.)
Chris was the leader of our gang, and my best friend. He came from a
bad family and everybody thought he would turn out bad... including
Chris.

We hear SOMEONE COMING FAST UP THE LADDER nailed to the side of the
elm. Chris stops dealing. A FIST RAPS on the underside of the
trapdoor.

CHRIS
Who goes?

VOICE
(excited and out
of breath)
Vern.

Gordie pulls the bolt. The TRAPDOOR BANGS UP and VERN TESSIO, another
twelve-year-old, raises himself into the clubhouse. He's sweating
buckets and his hair, which he usually keeps combed in a perfect
imitation of his rock and roll idol, Bobby Rydell, is plastered to his
bullet head in chunks and strings.

VERN
(panting)
Wow, man! wait'll you hear this.

Chris and Teddy continue to play cards.

GORDIE
Hear what?

VERN
(breathing heavily)
Lemma get my breath. I ran all
the way from my house.

TEDDY
(Little Anthony
falsetto)
I ran all the way home ...

CHRIS & GORDIE
(raggedly begin to harmonize with him)
Just to say I'm soh-ree ...

TEDDY
What can I say...


CHRIS & GORDIE
I ran all the way... yay, yay, yay.-.

VERN
(trying to override
them)
Come on, you guys ... Listen to
me... This is boss. Come on...

Teddy, Chris, and Gordis continue to sing.

VERN
(continuing)
Okay. Okay. Forget it. I don't
have to tell you nuthin'...

CHRIS
Alright, Vern, what is it?

VERN
Okay, great. You won't believe
this. Sincerely. I...

TEDDY, CHRIS & GORDIE
(interrupting, singing
again)
I ran all the way home...

VERN
Screw you guys.

CHRIS
No, no, no. What is it?

VERN
Can you guys camp out tonight? I mean if you tell your folks we're
gonna tent out in my back [email protected]

CHRIS
(begins to deal again)
Yeah, I guess so. But my dad's on
a mean streak.
(taps his black eye)
Drinkin', you know.

VERN
You got to, man. Sincerely. You won't believe this. Can you, Gordie?

GORDIE
Yeah probably.

TEDDY
So what are you pissing and moaning about, Vern-O?

CHRIS
I knock.

TEDDY
What?!! You liar! You ain't got no pat hand! You didn't deal yourself
no pat hand.

CHRIS
(smirks)
Make your draw, shitheap.

Teddy reaches for the top card on the pile of bikes. Chris reaches for
his smoke on the ledge behind him. Gordie bends over to pick up his
detective magazine.

VERN
You guys want to go see a dead
body.

Everybody stops and looks at Vern.

VERN
(continuing)
I was under the porch digging, you
know.

NARRATOR (V.0.)
We all understood what Vern meant
right away.

DISSOLVE TO:


5 EXT. TESSIO HOUSE - EARLIER THAT MORNING 5

The front porch runs the length of the house -probably forty feet long
and seven feet wide. As the Narrator talks, we MOVE TOWARD a =all door
in the lattice-work skirt that fences the underside of the
porch.

NARRATOR (V.0.)
When Vern was eight he buried a quart jar of pennies under his porch.
He drew a treasure map so he coula find them agaii. A week later his mom
cleaned out his room and threw away his map.

OUR VIEW at the small doorway and we...

CUT TO:

6 UNDER THE PORCH 6

The ground looks like a prairie dog city with its little holes and
mounds of earth. Halfway toward the other end the twelve-year-old Vern
is digging obsessively with a short haidle hoe.

NARRATOR (V.O.)
Vern had been trying to find those pennies for four years. Four years,
man. You didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

The SCREEN DOOR SLAMS open above him and Vern freezes in midstroke.
TWO PAIRS OF FOOTSTEPS cross the porch. Carefully Vern moves his
eyeballs to look through a crack in the boards. it , a his brother BILLY
and his juvenile delinquent friend, CHARLIE HOGAN -- both sixteen.


BILLY
(in a travelling, cry-baby voice)
Jesus Christ, Billy, we gotta do something.

BILLY
Why? Who says?

INTERCUT under porch and exterior porch.

CHARLIE
But we saw him.

BILLY
So? It's nothin' to us. The kid's dead so it's nuthin' to him,
neither. Who gives a shit if they ever find him? I don't. And the
girls didn't see him.

CHARLIE
But it was that kid they been talking about on the radio.

Vern's head snaps around and he tries to get a look at them through the
lattice work.

CHARLIE
(continuing)
Brocker, Brower, Flowers, whatever his name is. Train must have 'hit
him.

BILLY
So?

We had all followed the Ray Brower story closely because he was a kid our age.
Three days before he'd gone out to pick blueberries and nobody'd seen, or heard from him since.

Billy lights a cigarette and flicks the match into the gravel
driveway. Vern doesn't want to miss any of this and begins to creep a
little closer to the steps.

CHARLIE
I think we should tell the cops.

BILLY
You don't go squawking to the cops after you boosted a car. They'd
want to know how we got way the hell out an the Back Harlow Road. They
know we ain't got no car. It's better if we just keep our mouths shut.
Then they can't touch us.

CHARLIE
We could make a nornamus call.

BILLY
They trace those calls, stupid. I
seen it on Highway Patrol and Dragnet.

Yeah, right. I wish we'd never boosted that goddamned Dodge. If Ace'd
been with us, we could have told the cops we was in his car.

BILLY
(tosses cigarette
butt away)
Well, he wasn't.

CHARLIE
We gonna tell him?

BILLY
We ain't gonna tell nobody.
nobody never. You dig me?

CHARLIE
Christ Jesus, I wish we never
boosted that goddamned Dodge.

BILLY
Aw, shut up and come on.

TWO pairs of legs clad in tight, wash-faded jeans, two
pairs of feet in black engineer boots with side
buckles, come down the steps and 'keep going.


7 INT. TREEBOUSE - MORNING 7

The boys' positions around Vern have changed. They're
all sitting facing him now.

TEDDY
I know the Back Harlow Road. It
comes to a dead end by the Royal
River. The train tracks are right
there. Me and my dad used to fish
for cossies out there.

CHRIS
If they'd known you were under
there, they would have killed you.

Everybody nods in agreement. Then the idea begins to
take hold.

GORDIE
(musing)
Could he have gotten all the way
from Chamerlain to Harlow? That's
twenty or thirty miles.

CHRIS
I think so. He musta started
walking on the train tracks and
followed them the whole way.

TEDDY
Yeah. And after dark a train must
have come along and...
(drives his right
fist into his
left arm)
... el smacko.

CHRIS
Yeah. I bet you anything it we
find him we'll get our pictures in
the paper.

VERN
(shocked)
huh?!

TEDDY
Yeah! We could even be on TV.

CHRIS
Sure. If we can find the body and
report it, we'll be an the news.

TEDDY
We'll be heroes.

VERN
I dunno. Billy will know where I
found out.

TEDDY
He won't care. Because it'll be us guys that find that kid, not Billy
and Charlie Hogan in a boosted car. They'll probably pin a medal on
you.

VERN
Yeah? Yeah, you think so?!

GORDIE
Sure.

VERN
But what will we tell our folks?

GORDIE
Just what you said. We all tell our folks we're tenting in your back
yard, and you tell your folks you're sleeping over at Teddy's. And
that the next morning we're all going over to hang out at the drag
races. We're rock solid 'til dinner tomorrow night.

VERN
But if we find that kid's body over in South Barlow, they'll know we
didn't go to the drag races. We'll get hided.

GORDIE
No, we won't. Everybody'll be so
excited about what we found.

CHRIS
Yeah
(thinks about it)
My dad'Il hide me, anyway. Hell, it's worth a hiding. Let's do it.
What do you say, Gordie?

GORDIE
Sure.

CHRIS
Vern?

VERN
I don't know.

BOYS
Vern... Vern-o ... Come on, it'll
be great.

VERN
Yeah, okay.

TEDDY
(shoots his fist
in the air)
Too Cool!


LACHANCE HOUSE - DAY

We PUSH IN on an upstairs window and see Gordie moving back and forth
in the room.

NARRATOR (V.O.)
Our plans were set and we all went about the business of preparing for
the trip.

CUT TO:


9 INT. GORDIE'S ROOM - MIDDAY 9

With a hot dog wrapped in Wonder Bread stuck in his mouth, Gardie is
getting ready for his trip. He Pulls two blankets out of a drawer and
throws them an the bed. With his hands free he tries to take another
bite off the hot dog only to have it squirt out onto the floor.

Casually, he picks it up, blows the lint off, and sticks it back in his
mouth. He straightens a sheaf of handwritten pages, the title of which is
"The Secret of the Living Dead" by Gordon Lachance.

He hears FOOTSTEPS coming down the hall and ',hides the pages under a
stack of comic books.

Gordie's FATHER, a tall, stooped man with a tired face and gray hair,
walking aimlessly down the hall, glances into Gordie's room. There's an
awkward pause.

GORDIE
(trying to make
contact)
You want a Rollo, Dad?

FATHER
No...

The Father continues down the hall. After a beat, Gordie collects all
the loose change and a watch off the top of the dresser and puts them in
his pocket.

CUT TO:

10 INT. TEDDY'S ROOM - MIDDAY 10

There's an Army recruiting poster above his bad. Child-like crayon
drawings of battle scenes decorate another wall. There's a faded 8X10
of his father as a young man in combat gear propped up an the dresser.
Cheap plastic models of planes, tanks and ships litter the room.
Teddy takes a set of dog tags off his father's picture and pulls them over his head. Humming
the Marine hymn Teddy puts on a cut-down battle blouse and tucks it
into a pair of fatigue pants.

TEDDY
(looking at himself
in the mirror)
Too cool.

He turns around and searches the floor for a helmet liner. When he
finds it he scoops it up and returns to the mirror to put it on. He
picks up a web belt with a canteen hooked onto it and buckles it around
his waist.

TEDDY
(continuing)
Ahh... Too cool!

He increases the volume of the Marine hymn as he goes to the closet and
drags out a full-length greatcoat. He comes back to the mirror and
struggles into it.

TEDDY
(continuing)
Too cool ...
(after a Pause, feeling the
weight of the jacket)
Too hot.

He starts to take it off.

CUT TO:

11 INT. CHRIS' ROOM - MIDDAY 11

While his FATHER, unshaven, 40's, snores bare-assed on a filthy bed
surrounded by empty wine battles, Chris is very carefully pulling Winstons out of a
dresser.

CUT TO:

12 INT. KITCHEN - VERN'S HOUSE - MIDDAY 12

Vern is sitting alone at the kitchen table shoveling Spaghetti-O'S into
his mouth. Anxious to leave, he gets up from the table.

VERN
Bye, Ma, see you tomorrow.

MOTHER (O.S)
Vern, You're not going anywhere until you finish
everything on that plate.

Vern, with half a plate still in front of him, is
momentarily stopped. He sees the open kitchen window.
He picks up the plate and, with a flick of the wrist,
launches the remainder of the Spaghetti-O's Out the window.

VERN
(setting down the now-empty plate)
All finished, Ma.

MOTHER (O.S.)
(as Vern heads out)
Okay, have a good time.
verno Posted 13 years 4 months ago
do u now what goofey is u guys cos i dont but i loved the movie iv seen it like 20 times i was so close tears
DancePetunia Posted 13 years 5 months ago
This movie is so classic. I love it so much. Vern, Teddy, Chris, and Gordie are all so amazing. The acting is immpeccable. I love it.
iloverant Posted 13 years 5 months ago
One of the greats of the 80's. Definitely had my first crush when I saw this movie.. except it wasn't River it was Will!
kyabells Posted 13 years 5 months ago
I love this movie mmmmmm.... a young River
Nostalgiascape Posted 13 years 5 months ago
One of the greatest movies of all time.
MutantHockey16 Posted 13 years 6 months ago
I have this on dvd, Great movie great memories!
Dollierot Posted 13 years 8 months ago
oh man id do anything to watch this movie again..ive been looking for the dv but i cant find it..i remember the part when they were on the railway track ..god i love this show so much
Retroboi Posted 14 years 11 hours ago
Lollipop lollipop oh lolli lolli pop
grizzly Posted 14 years 2 months ago
This movie is awesome.
kjb101791 Posted 14 years 5 months ago
a night without armor in a savage land!
kimsy520 Posted 14 years 7 months ago
one of my all-time favorite movies
Sexypunkrocker97 Posted 14 years 7 months ago
Just saw this movie a couple weeks ago for the first time. Fell in
Elijah_Wood_Fan Posted 14 years 10 months ago
I watch this movie over and over again. I can quote almost the whole thing. This is one of my favorite movies.
Trashley Posted 14 years 11 months ago
I haven't seen this movie in years.