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River Phoenix is a Actor and Thanks American born on 23 august 1970 at Madras (USA)

River Phoenix

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Birth name River Jude Bottom
Nationality USA
Birth 23 august 1970 at Madras (USA)
Death 31 october 1993 (at 23 years) at West Hollywood (USA)

River Jude Phoenix (born River Jude Bottom; August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.

Phoenix's work encompassed 24 films and television appearances, and his rise to fame led to his status as a "teen sensation". He began his acting career at age 10, in television commercials. He starred in the science fiction adventure film Explorers (1985), and had his first notable role in 1986's Stand By Me, a coming-of-age film based on a novella by Stephen King. Phoenix made a transition into more adult-oriented roles with Running on Empty (1988), playing the son of fugitive parents in a well-received performance that earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and My Own Private Idaho (1991), playing a gay hustler in search of his estranged mother. For his performance in the latter, Phoenix garnered enormous praise and won a Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, along with Best Actor from the National Society of Film Critics. To this date, he and brother Joaquin Phoenix hold the distinction of being the first and only brothers to get nominated for acting Academy Awards.

On October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed and died of drug-induced heart failure on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room, at the age of 23. At the time of his death, Phoenix had been in the middle of filming Dark Blood (1993).

Biography

Enfance
Fils d'un charpentier californien, John Bottom, et d'une secrétaire new-yorkaise, Arlyn Dunetz, qui avaient choisi le mode de vie hippie, il naît le 23 août 1970 dans l'Oregon où ses parents participent à la récolte des feuilles de menthe. Il est nommé River par référence au « Fleuve de la Vie » du roman initiatique Siddhartha de Hermann Hesse. Il connaît une enfance très particulière : ses parents, membres de la secte des Enfants de Dieu, partent vers le Mexique puis Porto Rico pour s'établir finalement au Venezuela où ils mènent une vie parfois proche de la misère. C'est au Venezuela que River apprend la guitare. Avec sa sœur Rain dont il est de deux ans l'aîné, ils doivent contribuer aux ressources de la famille en chantant dans la rue. La famille s'agrandit ensuite avec la naissance de Joaquin (1974), Liberty (1976) et Summer (1978).

Après avoir quitté la secte, toute la famille rentre aux États-Unis où elle prend le nom de Phoenix.

De retour en Floride, à l'âge de dix ans, River se présente d'abord à de petits concours de chant locaux puis, déménageant en Californie et poussé par sa mère, il se présente à des castings pour la télévision. Il finit par obtenir le rôle de Guthrie McFadden dans la série Seven Brides for Seven Brothers avec Richard Dean Anderson puis quelques rôles dans des téléfilms, en particulier Surviving (1985) où il donne la réplique à Ellen Burstyn et Paul Sorvino. On peut le voir apparaître également dans plusieurs séries : entre autres dans un épisode de Sacrée Famille (1985) avec Michael J. Fox ou bien encore dans le pilote de It's your move (1984) de Ron Leavitt et Michael G. Moye , futurs créateurs de Mariés, deux enfants (Married… with Children), notamment face à Jason Bateman et David Garrison que l'on retrouvera dans Mariés, deux enfants (Married… with Children).


Carrière cinématographique
Il fait ses débuts au cinéma dans Explorers de Joe Dante où il tient à contre-emploi le rôle du petit génie scientifique alors que lui-même n'a pratiquement jamais connu l'école. Sa percée dans le monde du cinéma a lieu avec le personnage de Chris Chambers dans Stand by me de Rob Reiner, adaptée d'une œuvre de Stephen King, où sa composition naturelle du jeune adolescent issu d'une famille à problèmes le fait remarquer. Puis dans The Mosquito Coast, de Peter Weir d'après Paul Theroux, il joue le rôle du fils adolescent d'un père idéaliste et abusif joué par Harrison Ford qui part avec toute sa famille en Amérique centrale pour apporter le progrès aux populations indigènes. Ce personnage, dont l'histoire fait écho à sa vie personnelle, lui permet d'exprimer toute sa sensibilité et l'on peut dire qu'il vole pratiquement la vedette à la star principale du film. Plus prosaïquement il rencontre sur le tournage sa première petite amie, l'actrice Martha Plimpton.

Après deux rôles de moindre importance, il crève l'écran dans ce qui est sans doute son meilleur film, À bout de course (Running on Empty) de Sidney Lumet. La vie de son personnage, fils de parents recherchés par le FBI et obligés de déménager sans cesse, fait encore une fois écho d'une certaine manière à sa propre expérience. Son rôle de jeune homme déchiré entre son amour pour ses parents et son désir de bâtir sa vie sur ses dons pianistiques est très abouti et son jeu naturel fait passer vers le spectateur des sentiments de compassion, d'affection et d'humour absolument remarquables pour un jeune acteur qui n'a jamais pris de cours de comédie. Sa prestation lui vaut une nomination aux Oscars comme meilleur second rôle.

En 1989, il incarne le jeune Indy dans Indiana Jones et la Dernière Croisade où sont présentés en quelques images tous les traits qui caractériseront Indiana adulte (entre autres, sa passion pour l'archéologie, sa cicatrice au menton et sa phobie des serpents). Il rencontre Keanu Reeves l'année suivante sur le tournage de la comédie Je t'aime à te tuer (I Love You to Death). Il trouve le rôle de sa carrière sous la direction de Gus Van Sant en 1991 dans My Own Private Idaho, avec le personnage de Mike Waters, jeune prostitué narcoleptique. La scène où, près d'un feu de camp, il déclare son amour au personnage joué par Keanu Reeves, est désormais une référence du cinéma américain. Les dialogues de cette scène auraient été improvisés par River Phoenix.

Mais ce film marque le début de sa chute. River, obsédé par ses rôles, s'isole avant le tournage dans un squat de Portland afin de mieux s'imprégner du personnage. Il va y faire connaissance avec la drogue, dans laquelle il va peu à peu sombrer jusqu'à sa mort. Des rôles plus ou moins intéressants suivent jusqu'à sa participation, avec de grands acteurs britanniques comme Richard Harris et Alan Bates, au western psychologique de Sam Shepard, Silent Tongue - Le gardien des Esprits qui sortira après sa mort. Sa création du jeune homme criant son désespoir devant le corps et l'esprit de sa femme indienne morte y est très forte.

Pressenti pour incarner Arthur Rimbaud dans une adaptation cinématographique de la vie du poète, sa disparition fera que le rôle échoira à Leonardo DiCaprio (Rimbaud Verlaine, 1995). Le film Entretien avec un vampire de Neil Jordan lui est dédié. Christian Slater reprendra le rôle du journaliste que devait interpréter River Phoenix et donnera son cachet à la famille de River Phoenix.

Son film Dark Blood de George Sluizer et avec Jonathan Pryce et Judy Davis est diffusé en avant première lors du 32e Festival du cinéma néerlandais, le 27 septembre 2012. Le film est en sélection officielle mais hors compétition lors du 63e Festival de Berlin en février 2013.


Activités musicales
Installé à Gainesville en Floride, il conduit parallèlement à son métier d'acteur une activité musicale intense, ayant fondé avec sa sœur Rain un groupe de rock nommé Aleka's Attic qui fera quelques tournées dans l'est des États-Unis. Auteur de nombreuses chansons, son amour de la musique le mettra en contact avec des musiciens célèbres qui deviendront ses amis, parmi lesquels John Frusciante (avec qui il a d'ailleurs fait un duo, Height Down, qui figure sur le deuxième album solo de John Frusciante, Smile From The Streets You Hold, sorti quatre ans après la mort de River), Flea (Michael Balzary) des Red Hot Chili Peppers et Michael Stipe du groupe R.E.M..


Mort
Dans la nuit du 30 au 31 octobre 1993, River Phoenix se trouve avec ses amis dans la boîte de nuit le Viper Room, qui vient d'ouvrir et dont Johnny Depp est le copropriétaire (il le sera jusqu'en 2004). Ils sont venus voir jouer certains de leurs amis musiciens, notamment Flea, le bassiste des Red Hot Chili Peppers. Au cours de la soirée, River prend des drogues dans la salle de bains avec des amis et des dealers. Quelqu'un lui offre du valium couplé à des méthamphétamines. Johnny Depp et Flea jouent sur scène lorsqu'ils voient River quitter les lieux en titubant. Les deux musiciens sautent de scène pour le suivre. Mais, une fois à l'extérieur, River s'effondre sur le trottoir et est pris de convulsions à la suite d'une surdose quelques instants après devant la porte, entouré de sa sœur Rain, de son frère Joaquin, de sa petite amie Samantha Mathis, de l'actrice Christina Applegate et de Flea.

River est transporté d'urgence en arrêt cardiaque au centre médical Cedars-Sinai où il est déclaré officiellement mort à 1 h 51, soit dix-sept minutes après son arrivée, à l'âge de 23 ans. Selon le rapport du médecin légiste publié le 12 novembre, il est décédé par arrêt cardiaque à la suite d'une surdose de plusieurs drogues. Il avait ingéré huit fois la dose mortelle de cocaïne et quatre fois la dose mortelle d'héroïne ; des traces de marijuana, de valium et d'éphédrine ont également été trouvées.

River est enterré le 4 novembre 1993 avec un t-shirt noir de son groupe Aleka's Attic. De nombreux hommages lui sont rendus non seulement aux États-Unis mais aussi dans de nombreux pays où la jeunesse s'était identifiée à lui. Flea a composé pour lui une power ballad, Transcending sur l'album One Hot Minute (1995). Hugh Cornwell lui a consacré lui aussi une chanson sur son album Hooverdam (2008), Rain on the River, la sœur de River s'appelant Rain. E-Bow the letter de R.E.M, titre chanté avec Patty Smith sera composé pour lui rendre hommage. Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise et Thandie Newton lui rendront également hommage lors de la première du film Entretien avec un vampire en novembre 1994, film qui sera dédié à sa mémoire.

Keanu Reeves, son meilleur ami, apprend sa mort sur le tournage du film Speed.

River a été considéré par le magazine GQ comme l'acteur « le plus sexy et talentueux » de sa génération.

Best films

Usually with

Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
(2 films)
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
(4 films)
James Horner
James Horner
(3 films)
George Lucas
George Lucas
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of River Phoenix (21 films)

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Actor

Dark Blood
Dark Blood (2012)
, 1h26
Directed by George Sluizer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors River Phoenix, Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce, Karen Black, John Trudell, George Aguilar
Roles Boy
Rating65% 3.296913.296913.296913.296913.29691
The movie begins with Harry (Pryce), an up-and-coming actor, and his wife Buffy (Davis) on their "second honeymoon". After staying overnight at a motel, the owner (Black) informs Harry of previous nuclear testing taking place in the town. The following day, their Bentley car eventually breaks down, leading them to run out of water in the middle of the desert. Harry has the idea to stay put with their car rather than to look for help. While Harry sleeps in the back seat, Buffy notices a light in the distance and follows it, leading her to the front door of a barn belonging to a widower named Boy (Phoenix). After mentioning he is 1/8 Hopi native American, Boy reveals a cave filled with candles and voodoo dolls that he believes have magical powers, which he spends his time making Kachina dolls, waiting for the world to end.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, 1h35
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Western
Themes Feminist films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Political films, Road movies, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Angie Dickinson, Pat Morita, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt
Roles Pilgrim
Rating43% 2.153372.153372.153372.153372.15337
The film tells the story of Sissy Hankshaw, a woman born with a mutation (she would not call it a defect) giving her enormously large thumbs. The film is a transgressive romp, covering topics from homosexuality and free love to drug use and political rebellion to animal rights and body odor and religions. Sissy makes the most of her thumbs by becoming a hitchhiker. Her travels take her to New York, where she becomes a model for a transvestite feminine hygiene products mogul, known as The Countess, who introduces her to the man whom she will marry, an asthmatic, staid Mohawk named Julian Gitche. In her later travels, she encounters, among many others, a sexually open cowgirl named Bonanza Jellybean and an itinerant escapee from the Japanese internment camps happily mislabeled "The Chink".
Silent Tongue, 1h45
Directed by Sam Shepard
Origin France
Genres Drama, Horror, Western
Actors Richard Harris, Sheila Tousey, Alan Bates, Dermot Mulroney, River Phoenix, Tantoo Cardinal
Roles Talbot Roe
Rating53% 2.6559652.6559652.6559652.6559652.655965
En 1873, au Texas, Prescott Roe, un vieil homme voit son fils, Talbot, plonger dans la folie avec le décès de sa femme, Awbonnie, une métisse indienne de la tribu des kiowas. Celle-ci est morte en voulant mettre au monde un enfant et Talbot ne s'en remet pas. Prescott désespère de ne pas pouvoir lui venir en aide. Il décide alors d'aller rencontrer le père de la jeune femme défunte, Eamon McCree, un shaman charlatan qui a un fort penchant pour l'alcool et qui avait vendu sa fille en échange de trois chevaux. Prescott projette de lui acheter Velada, sa seconde fille et une très belle jeune femme. Mais sa demande provoque la colère de la défunte, qui recherche en vain le repos.
The Thing Called Love, 1h56
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Samantha Mathis, River Phoenix, Sandra Bullock, Dermot Mulroney, Anthony Clark, Wayne Grace
Roles James Wright
Rating63% 3.1503053.1503053.1503053.1503053.150305
Miranda Presley is an aspiring singer/songwriter from New York City who loves country music and decides to take her chances in Nashville, Tennessee, where she hopes to become a star. After arriving in Music City after a long bus ride, Miranda makes her way to the Bluebird Cafe, a local watering hole with a reputation as a showcase for new talent. The bar's owner, Lucy, takes a shine to the plucky newcomer and gives her a job as a waitress.
My Own Private Idaho, 1h41
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Transport films, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Films about prostitution, Films about automobiles, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Road movies, Erotic thriller films, Buddy films, LGBT-related films, Films about royalty, LGBT-related film
Actors River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey, Chiara Caselli
Roles Michael "Mike" Waters
Rating70% 3.5498053.5498053.5498053.5498053.549805
Mike (River Phoenix), a gay street hustler, is standing alone on a deserted stretch of highway. He starts talking to himself and notices that the road looks “like someone’s face, like a fucked-up face.” He experiences a narcoleptic episode and dreams of his mother comforting him as he replays home movies of his childhood in his mind.
Sneakers
Sneakers (1992)
, 2h6
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Films about computing, Sécurité informatique, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier
Roles Carl Arbegast
Rating70% 3.5489553.5489553.5489553.5489553.548955
In 1969, students Martin Brice and Cosmo are sneakers who hack into computer networks using university equipment, to redistribute conservative funds to various liberal causes. The police burst in and arrest Cosmo while Martin is out getting pizza, and Martin becomes a fugitive.
Point Break, 2h2
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Surfing films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley, James LeGros
Roles Cameo sur la plage (pote de Bodhi)
Rating71% 3.598813.598813.598813.598813.59881
Johnny Utah is a former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback and rookie FBI Agent. He is assigned to assist experienced agent and veteran, Angelo Pappas, in investigating a string of bank robberies by the "Ex-Presidents"; a gang of robbers that wear face-masks depicting former US presidents Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Jimmy Carter to disguise their true identities. They only raid the cash drawers in the banks that they rob—never going for the vault—and are out within 90 seconds. Pursuing Pappas' theory that the criminals are surfers, Utah goes undercover to infiltrate the surfing community. He concocts a story to persuade orphaned surfer Tyler Endicott to teach him to surf, she having saved him from drowning. Through her he meets Bodhi, the charismatic leader of a gang of surfers comprising Roach, Grommet, and Nathaniel. The group are initially wary of Utah, but accept him when Bodhi recognizes him as the former college football star. As he masters the art of surfing, Utah finds himself increasingly drawn to the surfers' adrenaline-charged lifestyle, Bodhi's philosophies, and Tyler. Following a clue retrieved by analyzing toxins found in the hair of one of the bank robbers, Utah and Pappas lead an FBI raid on another gang of surfers. Despite their criminal records, these surfers turn out to not be the Ex-Presidents and the raid inadvertently ruins a DEA undercover operation.
Dogfight
Dogfight (1991)
, 1h34
Directed by Nancy Savoca
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors River Phoenix, Lili Taylor, Elizabeth Daily, Anthony Clark, Mitchell Whitfield, Holly Near
Roles Eddie Birdlace
Rating74% 3.7474853.7474853.7474853.7474853.747485
The first portion of the film is set on November 21, 1963 (the day before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated). Birdlace and three of his Marine buddies have arrived in San Francisco for twenty-four hours, before shipping off to Vietnam, and are planning on attending a "dogfight" (a party where Marines compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls they bring) later that evening. They separate into the city to attempt to find dates. After a few women reject his advances, Birdlace ducks into a coffee shop, where he encounters Rose, a waitress, on her break, practicing her guitar. She is not particularly "ugly", but rather plain, shy and awkward. Birdlace attempts to charm her, complimenting her on her guitar playing, and inviting her to a party. She is suspicious of his motives, but decides to accept his invitation.
I Love You to Death, 1h37
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about families, Films about immigration, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Gangster films
Actors Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, William Hurt, Keanu Reeves
Roles Devo Nod
Rating63% 3.1998753.1998753.1998753.1998753.199875
Joey Boca (Kevin Kline) is the owner of a pizza parlor located in Tacoma, Washington, and has been married to Rosalie (Tracey Ullman) for years. Rosalie is horrified to discover that Joey is a womanizer and has been cheating on her for a long time.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 2h7
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Prison films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Motocyclette, Political films, Évasion, Alternate history films
Actors Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, Alex Hyde-White
Roles Indiana Jones (young)
Rating81% 4.09834.09834.09834.09834.0983
In 1912, 13-year-old Indiana Jones is horseback riding with his Boy Scout troop in Moab, Utah. While scouting caves, Indy discovers a group of grave robbers who have found a golden crucifix belonging to Coronado and steals it from them, hoping to donate it to a museum. The men give chase through a passing circus train, leaving Indy with a bloody cut across his chin from a bullwhip and new phobia of snakes. Indy escapes, but the local sheriff makes him return the crucifix. Impressed with Indy's bravery, the leader of the robbers gives Indy his fedora.
Little Nikita, 1h38
Directed by Richard Benjamin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Richard Jenkins, Richard Bradford, Jacob Vargas, Richard Lynch
Roles Jeff Grant
Rating60% 3.000873.000873.000873.000873.00087
Jeffrey Nicolas Grant (River Phoenix), a brash hyperactive high school student lives in a San Diego suburb with his parents, who own a successful garden centre. Keen to fly, he has applied for entry to the Air Force Academy.
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, 1h30
Directed by William Richert
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors River Phoenix, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Ione Skye, Louanne Sirota, Matthew Perry
Roles Jimmy Reardon
Rating54% 2.7499752.7499752.7499752.7499752.749975
Set in a wealthy Chicago suburb during the 1960s, middle-class Jimmy Reardon (River Phoenix) hangs out with his upper-class best friend, Fred Roberts (Matthew Perry), and sleeps with Fred's snobby girlfriend, Denise Hunter (Ione Skye). He spends his time writing poetry and drinking coffee while he decides what to do after high school. His parents won't help him pay for tuition unless he attends the same business college as his father did, but Jimmy doesn't want to follow that path. Instead, he focuses on coming up with enough money for a plane ticket to go to Hawaii with his wealthy yet chaste girlfriend, Lisa Bentwright (Meredith Salenger). On the night of a big party, Jimmy is given the task of driving home his mother's divorced friend, Joyce Fickett (Ann Magnuson), who conveniently seduces him. Since he is late picking up Lisa, she goes to the dance with the rich Matthew Hollander (Jason Court) instead. Jimmy then crashes the family car and shares an intimate rapproachment with his father (Paul Koslo) while becoming a hero.
Running on Empty, 2h
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Actors River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, Martha Plimpton, Alice Drummond, L. M. Kit Carson
Roles Danny Pope / Michael Manfield
Rating76% 3.8488853.8488853.8488853.8488853.848885
The story revolves around parents Annie and Arthur Pope (Lahti and Hirsch) who in the 1970s were responsible for the anti-war protest bombing of a napalm laboratory. The incident accidentally blinded and paralyzed a janitor who wasn't supposed to be there. They've been on the run ever since, relying on an underground network of supporters who help them financially. At the time of the incident, their son Danny (Phoenix) was two years old. As the film begins, he is in his late teens, and the family (along with younger son Harry) are again relocating and assuming new identities.
The Mosquito Coast, 1h57
Directed by Peter Weir
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Actors Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Martha Plimpton, Andre Gregory, Conrad Roberts
Roles Charlie Fox
Rating65% 3.2990553.2990553.2990553.2990553.299055
The film opens with Charlie Fox (River Phoenix) explaining that his father, Allie Fox (Harrison Ford), is a brilliant inventor with "nine patents, six pending." Allie has grown fed up with the American Dream and American consumerism, believing that Americans "buy junk, sell junk and eat junk," and that there is an impending nuclear war on the horizon as a result of American greed and crime.
Stand by Me, 1h29
Directed by Rob Reiner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about children, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Dreyfuss
Roles Chris Chambers
Rating80% 4.0491054.0491054.0491054.0491054.049105
In 1985, after reading a newspaper article about the death of his childhood friend Chris Chambers, author Gordie Lachance (Richard Dreyfuss) recalls a childhood journey to view the body of a missing boy near the (fictional) town of Castle Rock, Oregon (Maine in the novella), over Labor Day weekend in 1959. Young Gordie (Wil Wheaton) was a quiet, bookish boy with a penchant for writing and telling stories. He was rejected by his father (Marshall Bell) after the death of his football-star older brother Denny (John Cusack), who had paid more attention to Gordie than their parents did.