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Stand By Me is a movie that captivates its viewers with friendships that many of us can relate to When we were twelve just as the boys in the movie our friendships seemed innocent and maybe even trivial to adults but to us the friendships were the whole world In this movie we are invited to witness a relationship with four boys growing up in a small town called Castle Rock during the 1950s Here the boys illustrate friendships with trust encouragement and reliance But they do not fit the image our culture may associate with the fifties The perfect children and perfect families that the media portrayed for us in shows like Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver became the only way many of us viewed families during that era But Stand By Me illustrates to us how far from perfection the lives for families during the 1950s really were The movie starts out with three of the boys talking in their tree house The forth boy Vern arrives out of breath with something obviously important to tell his friends Finally he is given the chance to explain to Chris Gordie and Teddy what he is so excited about Vern explains to them that he just overheard his brother talking to someone about how a few days ago they found a dead body of a missing kid in the woods His brother and friend left the corpse there because they had stolen a car and did not want to face the consequences of getting caught for theft The four friends decide they are going to make the twenty to thirty mile venture along the railroad tracks and through the woods to find the boy themselves in hopes of becoming heroes and making national television The boys make plans to lie to their parents about where they are going to stay that night but they realize that after they find the dead body
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