Casting is one of the most important factors to get right when making a film; good actors saying bad lines can save a script (see Sir Ian McKellen in X-Men: The Last Stand); whereas bad actors working with a good script can come close to ruining a film completely (I refer you to Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral).
It’s a joy for the audience to watch when a film manages to gather the perfect cast of actors for the roles.
10) Stand By Me
Child casting is notoriously difficult to get right. Often lauded as the greatest decade to grow up in when it came to films; the 80s saw a huge number of popular children’s films. Naturally The Goonies comes to mind immediately; an everlasting favourite for everyone now in their thirties, its nostalgic charm is completely unrivalled. However, it’s Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me which is completely unsurpassed when it comes to casting a group of youngsters.
Following the tragic death of River Phoenix it is often heralded as the example to demonstrate just what a raw talent he was. Reiner once said that when he turned the camera on, Phoenix “just told the truth”; it’s hard to argue with as it is undoubtedly one of the finest child performances of all time. He shines in a group where all four of the lead boys play it to perfection.