Ultimate 80s Blogathon: Stand By Me

The older I get, the more I find myself loving the 80s. I guess it’s normal for everyone to look back at the decade when they were growing up and reflect on it with such immense feelings of nostalgia. I have so many favourite movies from that time but let’s focus on one for now – “Stand By Me“.

Released in 1986 and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell it’s often described as a “coming of age” movie. What’s interesting is the fact that the ultimate goal of the four boys in the film is not really the point of the film. For some reason they want to go looking for a dead body but the real story is about their journey to get to the body’s location.

Here is the trailer…


It really doesn’t matter which decade you grew up in. These guys grew up in the 50s, I grew up in the 80s but I can still relate to it. Saying that, I think that anyone growing up in the 80s or 90s are possibly the last generation that can relate to this as with the advances in technology – growing up is so different now and that’s quite sad.

I’m not going to spoil it just in case you haven’t watched it but it is quite an emotional film made more so by the untimely death of River Phoenix.

As well as being a fantastic movie, Stand By Me also has an amazing soundtrack. I love the way the theme song by Ben E King is played throughout the movie with a slower sound. I also think it’s great that Ben E King joined the boys to make this music video…


You may already know that I love music and since I love this film so much I had a crazy idea that I would try and re-score the soundtrack with music from one of my favourite bands – Oasis. It’s still an unfinished project but I have done the first two scenes with the original followed by the re-score…


This post is part of the Ultimate 80s Blogathon hosted by Tranquil Dreams & Drew’s Movie Reviews – check them out for more fab reviews.

What about you – have you watched this movie? What’s your favourite 80s movie? Let me know – leave a comment below or tweet me @stevesays2014, I love hearing from you!





17 thoughts on “Ultimate 80s Blogathon: Stand By Me

  1. I grew up in the eighties as well, and I’ve very partial to the music from that time. But one of my all time favorite shows from the eighties was Saturday Night Live. It’s still on the air and still a hit after forty years! I wrote a short piece on it a few weeks back for my blog. Here’s the link: https://lisaorchard.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/did-someone-say-more-cowbell/

    If you haven’t seen it yet. Check out some of the clips from my post, or check it out some Saturday Night. It’s a great comedy show!

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