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Double Feature: STAND BY ME, 1986, Sony Repertory, 89 min. One of the most classic and quotable coming-of-age films ever made, Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Body” is at once hilarious and heartbreaking, and a spot-on time capsule of small-town America in the 1950s. Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell star as friends on the precipice of junior high school, enjoying a summer of small-fry hijinks. When they go looking for the body of a boy presumed dead from a train accident, they must come to terms with the difficult changes the future holds.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, 1994, Warner Bros., 142 min. Dir. Frank Darabont. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is a young, successful banker who is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940s, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, an inmate entrepreneur played by Morgan Freeman, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner. Based on the Stephen King short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.”