25 Amazing Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Stand By Me.

It's a story that combines friendship with adventure and love with loss - and it's one of the most memorable coming of age stories to hit the big screen. Here are 25 amazing facts you probably didn't know about Stand By Me (1986).

1/25. In one of the locations of the film, a fair was being held and the cast and crew went and bought some cookies. The cookies turned out to be pot cookies, however, and two hours later, the crew found Jerry O'Connell high and crying in the park.

2/25. When writer Stephen King first saw the film, he was shaking because he said that it was the best adaptation of his work that he had ever seen.

3/25. In the shot where Gordie and Vern are running towards the camera with the train right behind them, the train was actually at the far end of the trestle with the two actors on the opposite end. The crew used a 600mm long-focus lens that when shot at the telephoto end, it compressed the image so much it made it look like the train was right behind them.

4/25. In the scene where Gordie and Chris race each other through the junkyard, Wil Wheaton could run faster than River Phoenix but Wheaton's character was supposed to lose. Wheaton had to fake a fast run while running slowly so that Phoenix's character would win.

5/25. According to Wil Wheaton on the DVD documentary, the scene in which Vern (Jerry O'Connell) can't remember the "secret knock" to the clubhouse was thought of by Wheaton, River Phoenix, and Corey Feldman on the day it was shot as another way to make Verne look more pathetic.

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6/25. To keep in character while off-camera, Kiefer Sutherland often picked on Wil Wheaton,River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell.

7/25. The movie is based on a short story called "The Body" by Stephen King from a book of short stories called "Different Seasons".

8/25. In the opening of the scene where Chris meets Gordie and shows him the gun, River Phoenix jumps from the back of a truck and says, "Thanks a lot" to the couple in the front. The truck was driven by Phoenix's friend, with Phoenix's mother riding in the passenger seat.

9/25. The vomit used in the "Lardass" story was made from cottage cheese and blueberry mix.

10/25. When they were filming the scene where Gordie and Vern are running from the train, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell did not look scared enough. In frustration Rob Reiner yelled at them to the point where they started crying and that's when they were able to film the scene.

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11/25. According to Andy Lindberg, a child extra actually threw up for real during the filming of the "barf-o-rama."

12/25. At the insistence of director Rob Reiner (an avid non-smoker who campaigned for anti-smoking laws in California), the cigarettes smoked by the boys were made from cabbage leaves.

13/25. In the original theatrical release, the final words typed by The Writer, "Jesus, does anyone?" were obviously added in post-production. The size and color of the letters did not match the other words on the computer screen. This was re-shot for subsequent home video releases.

14/25. While practicing his lines, Jerry O'Connell was incredibly impressed that, as an 11-year-old, he was being allowed to swear.

15/25. In the campfire scene in which Chris breaks down, Reiner was sure River Phoenix could do better. He asked him to think of a time in his own life when an adult had let him down and use it in the scene, which Phoenix did. Upset and crying, he had to be comforted by the director afterwards. The result of Phoenix's exercise is the scene that ended up in the final cut.

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16/25. The pond the boys fall into was a man made pool because the crew wanted them to be "safe and secure" and did not want to put them in a real pond because they did not know what would be in it. But Corey Feldman stated in a interview that the joke of the whole thing was that they built and filled it with water in the beginning of June and by time they got to filming the scene, it was the end of August. So the pond had been out in the woods for three months and they didn't know what was in it anyway.

17/25. In an interview by Stephen King in the special features of the DVD, he reveals that the scene with the leeches actually did happen to him, when he was a child.

18/25. River Phoenix had auditioned for the part of Gordie Lachance, but director Rob Reiner thought that he would be better cast as Chris Chambers.

19/25. River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell got up to much mischief in the hotel they were staying in during filming. This included throwing all the pool side furniture into the pool, Wheaton fixing video games in the lobby so they could play them for free and Phoenix (spurred on by the other boys) unknowingly covering Kiefer Sutherland's car in mud; only discovering whose car it was when Sutherland confronted a scared and nervous Phoenix about it later.

20/25. Corey Feldman and director Rob Reiner tested thirty different laughs before deciding upon the one for Teddy Duchamp. The laugh happens to be similar to that described in Stephen King's story.

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21/25. As with most of Stephen King's stories, this one originally contained connections to other books he has written. Ace Merrill later re-appeared in the book Needful Things (1993), although he does not appear in the film. The dog Chopper is compared to Cujo (1983). Characters are familiar with Shawshank Prison, from The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Teddy Duchamp was actually first mentioned in King's first book, Carrie (1976), in which Carrie destroys a gas station he once worked at.

22/25. Corey Feldman has stated in several interviews that of all the characters he's played, the character of Teddy was actually the closest to his personality and personal life at the time.

23/25. Director Rob Reiner had trouble casting the role of "The Writer," first casting actor David Dukes, then going to Michael McKean among others, before finally settling on his good high school friend, Richard Dreyfuss.

24/25. The lead actors weren't allowed to see the dead body of Ray Brower (Kent W. Luttrell) until they unveil him on camera; this method was used to unsettle the four boys and gain the best reaction possible.

25/25. At the end of the film it is said that Chris died trying to stop a fight, while the others went on with their lives. River Phoenix actually did end up dying from an overdose in 1993, while the other actors are still pursuing their careers.


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