The screenwriters of "Stand by Me," Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon, recall the making of Rob Reiner's coming-of-age classic on its 30th anniversary and showing the film to Stephen King.
Had it been our choice, we probably would have pushed for “Transformers: The Movie,” which opened the same weekend. Since there was no way my parents were going to a “Transformers” feature, “Stand By Me,” based on Stephen King’s 1982 novella, “The Body,” became the default option. Up on the screen, I saw kids not that much older than myself — Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell were just entering their teen years when the movie was shot — smoking cigarettes, firing guns, dodging trains and cursing with wild, wonderful abandon on their weekend journey to find the body of Ray Brower.
By 1986, actor Rick Rossovich had several film credits to his name, including The Lords of Discipline, Streets of Fire, and The Terminator. Not only did that movie lead to more high-profile parts—in the years that followed, he starred in numerous film and TV projects, including Roxanne, Navy Seals, and E.R.—it also gave Rossovich the opportunity to power-flex his way into the Movie Abs Hall of Fame. Rick Rossovich: It’s funny because we had a read-through of the script…and the volleyball scene’s like an eighth of a page, a quarter of a page.