Best Stand By Me Quotes 2021

In 1986, the movie ‘Stand By Me’ was released with a successful box office run starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O Connell.

This start to finish engaging film, based on the novel ‘The Body’ by Stephen King, is directed by Rob Reiner and narrated by Wil Wheaton, playing adult Gordon’s character. It is based on four boys taking an overnight hike to find a boy who has been missing for days.

Their journey includes a series of great adventures that gives them another chance at friendship to learn about their individual lives, a fresh look at their bonding with each other, and their determination to put their foot down for what is right. The director, Rob Reiner, showcased friendship on the screen among young people who are 12 or 13 years, going into adulthood, and made this heartfelt film an unassuming hit across all age groups. Although the film was based on the book ‘The Body’, a story based on a dead body, Rob Reiner changed the name to ‘Stand By Me’ to keep a lighter tone without making it sound like a horror movie.

One cannot help but notice a great rapport among the cast members, which sets the tone for the entire movie and its peculiar characters. Wil Wheaton, as Gordie Lachance, is an aspiring writer ignored by his family after his brother’s death. River Phoenix, as Chris Chambers, is empathetic and smart, always helping his friends, and has a violent father. Corey Feldman, as Teddy Duchamp, doesn’t have a chance to do what he likes as he has a father who suffers from PTSD and often expresses it on Teddy. Jerry O’Connell, as Vern Tessio, is the funniest in the group and keeps the mood light in a serious situation. They create the best moments throughout, starting when they decide to go on the hike one day.

Light-Hearted Quotes From ‘Stand By Me’

The movie was nominated and won several awards, including the Golden Globe Award for best director and best motion picture in the drama category and the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. Here we bring you some of the best and favorite lines from the movie.

1. “Teddy Duchamp: I am acting my age. I’m in the prime of my youth and I’ll only be young once.

Chris Chambers: Yeah, but you’re gonna be stupid for the rest of your life.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

2. “Gordie Lachance: Do you think I’m weird?

Chris Chambers: Definitely.

Gordie Lachance: No man, seriously. Am I weird?

Chris Chambers: Yeah, but so what? Everybody’s weird.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

3. “Walking talking Jesus!”

― Gordie Lachance.

4. “Gordie Lachance: Shut up!

Teddy Duchamp: I don’t shut up.

Vern Tessio, Chris Chambers, and Teddy Duchamp: I grow up, and when I look at you, I throw up!”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

5. “Ace Merrill: What are you gonna do, shoot all of us?

Gordie Lachance: No Ace, just you.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

6. “Does the word retarded mean anything to you?”

― Gordie Lachance.

7. “Yeah, by the time we get there the kid won’t even be dead anymore.”

― Teddy Duchamp.

8. “Gordie Lachance: Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog. What’s Goofy?

Teddy Duchamp: Goofy’s a dog. He’s definitely a dog.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

9. “If I can only have one food for the rest of my life? That’s easy. Pez. Cherry-flavoured Pez. No question about it.”

― Vern Tessio.

10. “That was the all-time train dodge. Too cool. Vern, you were so scared you looked like that fat guy, Abbott Costello, when he saw the mummy.”

― Teddy Duchamp.

11. “Oh man, you should have seen your face! Yeah that was cool! That was really fine!”

― Chris Chambers.

12. “Vern Tessio: You think Mighty Mouse could beat up Superman?

Teddy Duchamp: What are you, cracked?

Vern Tessio: No, I saw him on TV the other day, he was holding five elephants in one hand.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

The movie is also well appreciated for its great short one-liners. Enjoy some of them here that take you back to your young days.

Best 'Stand By Me' quotes for hiking fans.

13. “Chris: You saying you wanna go back?

Gordie: No. We’re going to see a dead kid… maybe it shouldn’t be a party.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

14. “Yeah! My dad would hide me anyway. But hell that’s worth a hiding!”

― Chris Chambers.

15. “Ace Merrill: You wasn’t planning on taking the body from us, were you, boys?

Chris Chambers: You get away. We found him. We got dibs.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

16. “I just wish I could go someplace where nobody knows me.”

― Chris Chambers.

17. “Gordie Lachance: I’m no good. My dad said it, I’m no good.

Chris Chambers: He doesn’t know you.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

18. “The kid wasn’t sick. The kid wasn’t sleeping. The kid was dead.”

― The Writer (Adult Gordie).

19. “Chris Chambers: Hey, Vern. You better turn yours over.

Vern Tessio: This is the way I like to do it. Oh, man! Gordie you got anymore?”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

20. “I’m never gonna get out of this town, am I, Gordie?”

― Chris Chambers.

21. “Hey, hey, hey! I think Chris is right, let’s just go back.”

― Vern Tessio.

22. “We all knew what Vern meant right away. At the beginning of the school year, Vern had buried a quart jar of pennies underneath his house. He drew a treasure map so he could find them again.”

― The Writer (Adult Gordie).

23. “You can do anything you want, man.”

― Gordie Lachance.

‘Stand By Me’ Friendship Quotes

The film ends when Gordie (Wil Wheaton) finishes his memoir about this incident from his childhood and goes swimming with his son and a friend. Here are some of the best captured moments from the movie that are everyone’s favorite.

Friendship quotes from 'Stand By Me' movie.

24. “Gordie Lachance: Why did he have to die, Chris? Why did Denny have to die?

Chris Chambers: I don’t know.

Gordie Lachance: It should’ve been me.

Chris Chambers: Don’t say that.

Gordie Lachance: It should’ve been me.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

25. “Ace Merrill: We’re gonna get you for this.

Chris Chambers: Maybe you will, maybe you won’t.

Ace Merrill: Oh, we will.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

26. “Although I haven’t seen him in more than ten years I know I’ll miss him forever. I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anybody?”

― The Writer (Adult Gordie).

27. “None of us could breathe. Somewhere under those bushes was the rest of Ray Brower. The train had knocked Ray Brower out of his Keds just like it had knocked the life out of his body.”

― The Writer (Adult Gordie).

28. “I knew the sixty-four thousand dollars question was fixed. There’s no way anybody can know that much about opera.”

― Gordie Lachance.

29. “We walked through the night and made it back to Castle Rock a little past five o’clock on Sunday morning, the day before Labor Day. We’d only been gone two days. But somehow the town seemed different. Smaller.”

― The Writer (Adult Gordie).

30. “It’s not gonna be like grammar-school, that’s why. You’re taking your college-courses and me Teddy and Vern will all be in the shop-courses with all the rest of the retards making ashtrays and birdhouses. You gonna meet a lot of new guys. Smart guys.”

― Chris Chambers.

31. “Friends come in and out of your life like busboys in a restaurant.”

― The Writer (Adult Gordie).

32. “I wanted to share my friends’ enthusiasm but I couldn’t. That summer at home I had become the invisible boy.”

― The Writer (Adult Gordie).

33. “Teddy Duchamp: Boy, you don’t know nothing! Mighty Mouse is a cartoon. Superman’s a real guy. There’s no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.

Vern Tessio: Yeah, maybe you’re right. It’d be a good fight, though.”

― ‘Stand By Me’.

Stand By Me Quotes About Youth & Friendship

10“You’re Gonna Be A Great Writer Someday, Gordie. You Might Even Write About Us …”

Teddy, Vern, Gordie and Chris put their hands together in Stand By Me

Gordie has dreamed of being a writer and making it out of his small hometown, his unhappy home life, and his lack of wealth and prosperity since childhood. However, over the course of the film, he begins to think his dream is “stupid.” Chris tries to reassure him that’s not true, and that it’s his dad talking. Gordie often talks about his father despite his claims that he doesn’t care about him, and this leads to a lot of insecurity and self-doubt.

During the boys’ adventure, Chris makes a point of encouraging Gordie to pursue his dream because it’s a worthy one and could actually lead to a better life. He jokes that he might write about them if he’s running out of ideas, but of course, it’s one of the most important experiences of their lives, so of course, Gordie writes about it and spends his entire life thinking about it.

9“It’s What They Think Of Me. I’m Just One Of Those Low-Life Chambers Kids.”

Chris from Stand By Me

Like Gordie, Chris also feels that he’s under pressure to live up to his family’s name. Gordie tells him that they might go to college together in the future, but Chris says they’d never accept him because of his reputation.

Even while he tells Gordie that he doesn’t have to listen to his dad, Chris feels weighed down by his own father. All four boys have a different connection with their respective fathers, but it’s a central relationship for all of them and shapes their characters.

8“You Guys Wanna Go See A Dead Body?”

Gordie, Chris, Vern, and Teddy walk along the train tracks in Stand By Me

The adventure begins when Vern asks his friends if they’d like to see a dead body. The body is Ray Brower’s, a missing local boy who was found by Vern’s older brother and his friend. Vern overhears them talking about it early in the film, but the older boys are afraid to report it because they recently stole a car.

Vern decides to start a search of his own, hoping that he and his friends will become local heroes. The very bravery required to set out alone, without adults or proper supplies, speaks to the recklessness and fearlessness of youth, which is the driving force of the entire story.

7“We’d Only Been Gone For Two Days But Somehow The Town Seemed Different, Smaller.”

Gordie, Teddy, Vern, and Chris from Stand By Me

The boys spend the Labor Day weekend of 1959 looking for Ray Brower, but to them, it feels like an eternity. Gordie’s narration alludes to his own self-importance at the age of twelve, which is a universal experience for many children and teens.

Gordie, Vern, Chris, and Teddy felt like they had changed the world after their little quest, but in reality, they were the ones who had changed.

6“This Is My Age. I’m In The Prime Of My Youth And I’ll Only Be Young Once.”

Teddy, like the others, has a tendency to over-exaggerate and dramatize every situation. However, in this instance, he sums up one of the film’s key themes even as he’s joking.

When Chris tells him to act his age as they plod through the swamp, Teddy retorts that he is acting his age. At times, the boys forget how young they are, as many children often do, especially because of the grimness of the circumstances that have brought them together on this journey, which at times sees these children having fun.

5“Although I Hadn’t Seen Him In More Than Ten Years, I Know I’ll Miss Him Forever.”

The film begins with Gordie, as an adult, reading about Chris’s death in a newspaper. Of course, the boys had long since drifted apart at this point, but their shared experiences will always link them.

This is reflective of real life; at the age of twelve, most friendships feel like they’ll be eternal, but this is rarely the reality. But even though Gordie hasn’t seen Chris in a long time, he still loves him, and their connection will always be important to him – it shaped Gordie’s personality.

4“We Knew Exactly Who We Were And Where We Were Going. It Was Grand.”

In addition to the boys’ inflated sense of self-importance, they’re also incredibly sure of who they are – of course, this sense of self will soon unravel, given their age. During the film, the boys are still too young to doubt themselves; they’re naive, ambitious, outspoken, and they have big dreams for their futures.

Gordie reminisces on the sense of certainty he used to have. “It was grand” implies that he no longer feels this way and probably never has since that Labor Day weekend.

3“He Doesn’t Know You.”

Gordie from Stand By Me cries in Chris's arms

Children and adolescents often behave differently around their friends than they do around their parents, and the same is true of Gordie and his friends. When Gordie breaks down in front of Chris, wishing that he’d died in his brother’s place, Chris is quick to reassure him.

“I’m no good,” Gordie says. “My dad said it – I’m no good.” But Chris tells Gordie that his dad doesn’t really know him. This seems like a funny thing to say because parents often know a lot more than children think they do, but on the other hand, Gordie’s dad probably doesn’t know the side of Gordie that Chris has seen during the film’s events.

2“Everybody’s Weird.”

Gordie looks at Chris in Stand By Me

Gordie feels insecure about who he is sometimes, which sets him apart from his peers in some ways, and contradicts his earlier comment on being sure of who he was in his youth. He asks Chris if he’s weird, and Chris responds in the affirmative.

However, his answer is also reassuring for Gordie: “Everybody’s weird.” In youth, everyone feels like an outsider, but children are the quickest to judge their peers and call them something like “weird”. This is a strange paradox and something that can make growing up in a social setting even more confusing.

1“I Never Had Any Friends Later On Like The Ones I Had When I Was Twelve. Jesus, Does Anyone?”

Something Gordie keeps coming back to in his narration is how things have never been the same since that Labor Day weekend in 1959. In the moment, he doesn’t have any hindsight to reflect on the events, but as an adult, he’s able to see everything more clearly.

He also understands that what he experienced was special and that the devoted friendship he shared with Chris, Vern, and Teddy was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Of course, none of the boys could be aware of this in their youth, and it’s only many years later – and after Chris’s death – that Gordie can see the importance of those childhood friendships. Had the boys been older when Ray Brower’s body was found, they might not have embarked on this quest out of fear, doubt, and practicality.

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