River Phoenix in Stand By Me played one of my favorite characters in movie history. Strong, steady, compassionate, and caring, Chris Chambers is a character that touches hearts and makes you root for him even after the movie has finished. RIP River Phoenix
To me this line in the movie is really sad because not only is it true for the movie, but also if you realize that River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton were best friends at that time..and then they weren't later on. They didn't even have contact with each other anymore, according to Wil this was of course because of River's drug use. It's all very heartbreaking.
Stand by Me (1986) - based on a novel by Stephen King starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman, John Cusack, and Kieffer Sutherland