History Film / StandByMe

30th Sep '17 7:08:46 PM Movienut376
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* RunningGag: "Two for flinching."
26th Sep '17 5:53:42 PM Gemfyre
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* ShellShockedVeteran: Teddy's father didn't quite entirely come back from Vietnam.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Teddy's father didn't quite entirely come back from Vietnam.WWII.
10th Sep '17 8:17:41 AM KingLyger
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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: The climax of the movie. [[spoiler:Ace realizes that approaching the body of the dead kid with a gun pointed at him by Chris (in the book) or Gordie (in the movie) is going to get him shot, and it's simply not worth it. Ace vows that [[WeWillMeetAgain the four boys are going to pay for it]], though. In the book, he makes good on his threats, but the movie leaves this scene as the final time Ace appears.]]
10th Sep '17 8:14:14 AM KingLyger
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* RailroadTracksOfDoom: The bridge scene. Vern and Chris make it across just fine, but Vern is so scared of falling that he crawls along the tracks with Gordie behind him. About halfway across, a train starts barreling towards them, at which point Vern and Gordie have to haul ass to make it across without being crushed.

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* RailroadTracksOfDoom: The bridge scene. Vern Teddy and Chris make it across just fine, but Vern is so scared of falling that he crawls along the tracks with Gordie behind him. About halfway across, a train starts barreling towards them, at which point Vern and Gordie have to haul ass to make it across without being crushed.
7th Sep '17 10:17:29 AM KingLyger
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* AbusiveParents: Teddy's ear is disfigured due to his father's pressing it down on a hot stove in a drunken rage. Chris's father is also violently abusive and Gordie's is emotionally abusive.

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* AbusiveParents: Teddy's ear is disfigured due to his father's pressing it down on a hot stove in a drunken rage. Chris's father is also violently abusive abusive, and Gordie's is emotionally abusive.abusive, clearly favoring Gordie's older brother over him, despite the fact that said brother is dead.



* BewareOfViciousDog: [[spoiler:Subverted]].

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* BewareOfViciousDog: [[spoiler:Subverted]].[[spoiler:Subverted. Turns out, for all of their fears and all of the stories, the dog was never that bad.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Gordie and Chris eventually stop hanging out with Teddy and Vern. Chris managed to be better than his family, but was killed while trying to break up a fight. And a grown up Gordie is an apparently wealthy writer and has a good relationship with his son.]]
* BoringReturnJourney: Granted, they used a rough path on the main journey.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Gordie and Chris eventually stop hanging out with Teddy and Vern. Chris managed to be better than his family, but was killed while trying to break up a fight. And a grown up Gordie is an apparently wealthy writer and has a good relationship with his own son.]]
* BoringReturnJourney: Granted, they used a rough path on the main journey.journey, but their return after the climax of the film is only glossed over. It's over in a single scene, and Gordie mentions "we barely spoke" on the way back anyways.



* ButtMonkey: Vern.

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* ButtMonkey: Vern.Vern is overweight, emotionally sensitive, and rather easily scared. He gets this a lot, even from his friends.



* ChekhovsGun: Literally. The handgun that Chris shows Gordie before the boys start their trip is forgotten until [[spoiler: Ace and his gang show up and Gordie(movie)/Chris(book) uses it to scare them off]].
** Not quite, in the film version. The kids each brandish the pistol when they take turns keeping watch at night.

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* ChekhovsGun: Literally. The handgun that Chris shows Gordie before the boys start their trip is forgotten until only used threateningly when [[spoiler: Ace and his gang show up and Gordie(movie)/Chris(book) uses it to scare them off]].
** Not quite, in the film version. The kids each brandish the pistol when they take turns keeping watch at night.
off]].



* TheMillstone: Vern's cowardice had held the boys back several times.

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* TheMillstone: Vern's cowardice had held the boys back several times. It also almost gets Gordie and himself run over by an oncoming train when he won't get up and run out of fear of falling off the bridge.



* RailroadTracksOfDoom: The bridge.
* RealSongThemeTune: Ben E. King's classic [[RevivalByCommercialization actually made the Top 10 chart all over again thanks to its use in the film]].

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* RailroadTracksOfDoom: The bridge.
bridge scene. Vern and Chris make it across just fine, but Vern is so scared of falling that he crawls along the tracks with Gordie behind him. About halfway across, a train starts barreling towards them, at which point Vern and Gordie have to haul ass to make it across without being crushed.
* RealSongThemeTune: Ben E. King's classic "Stand By Me" song [[RevivalByCommercialization actually made the Top 10 chart all over again thanks to its use in the film]].



* ShellShockedVeteran: Teddy's father.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Teddy's father.father didn't quite entirely come back from Vietnam.



* TheStoryteller: Gordie.

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* TheStoryteller: Gordie.Gordie, a young and imaginative writer.



--> '''Vern:''' I'm gonna fall!!!
--> '''Gordie:''' WE'RE GONNA DIE DAMMIT!!!
* TotallyRadical: Averted. Both King and Reiner grew up in the period in which it was set, giving them knowledge of it and they realized that young kids tend to curse like sailors as they do here.

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--> '''Vern:''' I'm gonna fall!!!
fall!
--> '''Gordie:''' WE'RE GONNA DIE DAMMIT!!!
DIE, DAMMIT!
* TotallyRadical: Averted. Both King and Reiner grew up in the period in which it was set, giving them knowledge of it and they realized that young kids tend to curse like sailors as they do here.here, especially when they're on their own.



* TrueCompanions: A quintessential example.

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* TrueCompanions: A quintessential example.example of the four friends who travel to find the body.



* WeWillMeetAgain: Ace says this after Gordie pulls the gun on him.
** While it's not depicted in the film, King's original story has Ace and his gang giving each of the boys a CurbStompBattle after they return to town.

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* WeWillMeetAgain: Ace says this after Gordie pulls the gun on him.
**
him. While it's not depicted in the film, King's original story has Ace and his gang giving each of the boys a CurbStompBattle after they return to town.
28th Jul '17 4:43:22 PM jormis29
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The twelve-year-old Gordie (Creator/WilWheaton) and his friends Chris Chambers (Creator/RiverPhoenix), Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman), and Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell) journey into the woods near their home to look for the body of a boy named Ray Brower, who was struck by a train while picking berries. Through the boys' misadventures and conversations, the viewer learns about each character's personality. Each of the boys, for varying reasons, live in the shadow of their fathers and older brothers. Gordie's talent for storytelling (as illustrated by his improvised short story '[[StoryWithinAStory The Revenge of Lard-Ass Hogan]]') pegs him as the most likely of the four to have a promising future.

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The twelve-year-old Gordie (Creator/WilWheaton) and his friends Chris Chambers (Creator/RiverPhoenix), Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman), (Creator/CoreyFeldman), and Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell) (Creator/JerryOConnell) journey into the woods near their home to look for the body of a boy named Ray Brower, who was struck by a train while picking berries. Through the boys' misadventures and conversations, the viewer learns about each character's personality. Each of the boys, for varying reasons, live in the shadow of their fathers and older brothers. Gordie's talent for storytelling (as illustrated by his improvised short story '[[StoryWithinAStory The Revenge of Lard-Ass Hogan]]') pegs him as the most likely of the four to have a promising future.
10th Jun '17 9:13:01 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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--> Ace: That's because she's a Catholic. They're all like that. If you wanna get laid, find yourself a Protestant. {{Beat}} Jew's good.

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--> Ace: That's because she's a Catholic. They're all like that. If you wanna get laid, find yourself a Protestant. {{Beat}} *{{Beat}}* Jew's good.
12th May '17 5:55:18 PM creader
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Gordie and Chris eventually stop hanging out with Teddy and Vern. Chris managed to be better than his family, but was killed while trying to break up a fight. And a grown up Gordie is an apparently wealthy writer and has a good relationship with his son.]]



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the night, the four boys hear piercing cries in the woods that might be a wildcat or some other animal....and might be Ray Brower's screaming ghost. Gordie, half in and out of sleep, sees—or thinks he sees—"something white and shapeless steal through the trees like a grotesquely ambulatory bedsheet." (Given that this ''is'' adapted from Stephen King story, there's no telling what it actually was.)

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the night, the four boys hear piercing cries in the woods that might be a wildcat or some other animal....and might be Ray Brower's screaming ghost. Gordie, half in and out of sleep, sees—or thinks he sees—"something sees—"something white and shapeless steal through the trees like a grotesquely ambulatory bedsheet." (Given that this ''is'' adapted from Stephen King story, there's no telling what it actually was.)
17th Apr '17 7:28:37 PM ElSquibbonator
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the night, the four boys hear piercing cries in the woods that might be a wildcat or some other animal....and might be Ray Brower's screaming ghost. Gordie, half in and out of sleep, sees—or thinks he sees—"something white and shapeless steal through the trees like a grotesquely ambulatory bedsheet." (Given that this ''is'' a Stephen King story, ''anything'' is possible.)

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the night, the four boys hear piercing cries in the woods that might be a wildcat or some other animal....and might be Ray Brower's screaming ghost. Gordie, half in and out of sleep, sees—or thinks he sees—"something white and shapeless steal through the trees like a grotesquely ambulatory bedsheet." (Given that this ''is'' a adapted from Stephen King story, ''anything'' is possible.there's no telling what it actually was.)
17th Apr '17 7:26:33 PM ElSquibbonator
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* FurryConfusion: The boys express confusion that both Goofy and Pluto appear to be dogs.

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* FurryConfusion: The [[ConversedTrope Conversed]], the boys express confusion that both Goofy and Pluto appear to be dogs.
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