There are no shortage of “quintessential” summer movies, but one of our personal favorites has long been Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me. The tale, adapted from a Stephen King novella, is the sort of timeless coming-of-age adventure story that we can all relate to (even if we never set out to see a dead body). It’s arguably one of the best adaptations of King’s work, thanks in no small part to Reiner’s direction and the excellent performances from cast members Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell.
Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me is a nearly hour-long retrospective on the film from back in 2002. The cast and crew reunite to discuss the making of the movie and its legacy, while also paying tribute to fallen castmate River Phoenix. If you were ever curious about the behind-the-scenes elements of the movie, from the casting to how the actors and crew felt about the story, the answers you seek lie in these four clips.
Grab a snack and settle in – these four installments of the documentary are all but guaranteed to have you set to revisit Reiner’s classic film.
[via Cinephilia and Beyond]
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