Stand by MeGoofs
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Errors in geography
Like many of Stephen King's stories, the original story takes place in Maine. Although relocated to Oregon, the movie has several holdovers to the original location, such as the reference to picking wild blueberries. Also, the junk man teases Teddy by telling him is father will be "sent to Togus" (which he mispronounces as Tau-gas instead of Tow-gus). Togus, Maine has a large veteran's hospital, which would be the logical place (in Maine), for Teddy's dad to get treatment.
Near the beginning of the movie, Vern is described as burying then losing a quart jar of pennies "at the beginning of the school year," and searching for it for the last nine months. But the story takes place Labor Day weekend, so that description is inaccurate unless Castle Rock's school year coincides with the calendar year. The story may have originally been set on Memorial Day, for which the time frame would have been accurate.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
Ben E. King's "Stand By Me", which the film derives its title from and uses as its theme song, was not recorded until 1961. However, it is non-diegetic (not heard by the characters), and it is also first heard when Gordie is an adult in the film's opening scene, which would be well past 1961.
In the car race, a log truck is rapidly approaching Ace in the oncoming lane. Four shots of the log truck are shown as it gets closer. The first three shots show the road with no visible roads or driveways connecting. Then on the forth shot, a road/driveway (that was never there) suddenly appears, allowing the log truck to veer off the road at the last second.