Stand By Me is yet another one of the stories made into a movie from the author who has had more stories made into movies than any other author in history, Stephen King. I'd like to argue that this is the definitive Stephen King adaptation.
This movie is literally filled with actors who have achieved varying degrees of success over the years. River Phoenix, who was on course to be the greatest actor of all time, is in there. Corey Feldman, one of the biggest child actors of all time, who has grown into an unenviable but visible existence has a great role to play. And, who could forget Kiefer Sutherland, who is the biggest dick of all time? Even John Cusack can be seen in a small role as Gordie's late brother.