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The Goonies (1985)

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In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Steven Spielberg (story), Chris Columbus (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Mikey
Josh Brolin ... Brand
Jeff Cohen ... Chunk
Corey Feldman ... Mouth
Kerri Green ... Andy
Martha Plimpton ... Stef
Jonathan Ke Quan ... Data (as Ke Huy Quan)
John Matuszak ... Sloth
Robert Davi ... Jake
Joe Pantoliano ... Francis
Anne Ramsey ... Mama Fratelli
Lupe Ontiveros ... Rosalita
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Mrs. Walsh
Keith Walker Keith Walker ... Mr. Walsh
Curt Hanson ... Mr. Perkins (as Curtis Hanson)
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Storyline

Mikey Walsh and Brandon Walsh are brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood -- unless enough money is raised to stop the construction of the golf course, and that's quite doubtful. But when Mikey stumbles upon a treasure map of the famed "One-Eyed" Willy's hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen, Clark "Mouth" Devereaux, Andrea "Andy" Carmichael, Stefanie "Stef" Steinbrenner, and Richard "Data" Wang, calling themselves The Goonies, set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood. The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the restaurant of evil thief Mama Fratelli and her sons Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli, and the severely disfigured Lotney "Sloth" Fratelli. Sloth befriends the Goonies and decides to help them. Written by Todd Baldridge

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They call themselves "The Goonies." The secret caves. The old lighthouse. The lost map. The treacherous traps. The hidden treasure. And Sloth... Join the adventure. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Cantonese | Italian

Release Date:

7 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Goonies See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,105,913, 9 June 1985

Gross USA:

$61,503,218
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Production Designer J. Michael Riva said in a National Public Radio interview that, before shooting the first scenes with the prop map, he thought that it looked good but not old enough, so in his hotel room, he aged it with coffee and (when he couldn't find paint) his own blood. See more »

Goofs

The treasure map that is first looked at in the attic has holes and red spots on it (matching the deleted scenes in the convenience store and outside the restaurant) but the one that Mikey opens in the kitchen for all the boys to look at (right after the attic scene) is much more intact and clean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prison Guard: Lunchtime! The longer you animals bark, the colder your lunch gets. Come on, move it out. You too, down there! Hey, turkey!
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Alternate Versions

Following the scene on-board the Pirate Ship "The Inferno" after the Fratellis catch up to the boys and ask them to come outside, there is scene where Data uses a gadget called "intimidator" where his body inflates like a balloon, but it backfires and explodes. This is scene is not found in any DVD version, but pictures of it are shown in "The Goonies-Official Souvenir Magazine." This scene was later replaced in the final cut of the film with 2 other Data gadgets backfires: the boxing glove & sticky suction cup shot at Mama Fratelli gun, followed by the pinches of peril (chattering teeth) aimed at Francis. See more »

Connections

Referenced in ¡Tía, no te saltes el eje! (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Thrill
Performed by Cyndi Lauper
Produced by Cyndi Lauper and Lennie Petze
Written by Cyndi Lauper and John Turi
Courtesy of Portrait Records
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Back to our childhood...
30 May 1999 | by Bruno-54See all my reviews

There was a time when boys would spend a whole day watching their favorite heroes, dreaming of riding a crusade against Darth Vader's Empire or fighting the enemies among the Knights of the Round Table. Just like in the Fantasy Island, where Mr. Roarke and Tatoo would make all one's wishes come true, The Goonies has the special talent to bring our childhood fantasies back and remind us how great those years were.

In this 1985 movie, a bunch of kids find a map which indicates the spot where the evil pirate One-Eyed-Willie buried a big treasure stolen from English ships in the 1500's. As we can predict, they decide to seek for the gold and precious stones to help their parents who are about to be expelled from their homes because they can't make ends meet and also because some wealthy men want to put their houses down to build a country club on it's place. Dangers, traps and even a family of thieves - the Fratelli - are after them.

As the film goes on, we can see how closer the friends get and how supportive we all should be. They would always be there for each other, no matter how deep their problems are. Even a rich girl, Andy, is accepted by the group, in a very politically correct act, where no distinctions are made. The scene in which the guys are stuck in a hole, is very touching and really digs our sense of aid.

Richard Donner directed this movie and another famous director, Chris Columbus wrote the screenplay, based on a Steven Spielberg's story. Matt Sweeney was responsable for the special effects and the main theme ( They 'r good enough ) was written and performed by Cindy Lauper.

After the film, none of the kids became famous actors. Corey Feldman and Kerry Green took part in some teenage comedies, while Sean Astin showed up in "Memphis Belle" and Ke Huy Quan was the young Indiana Jone's chinese taxi driver in "The Temple of the Doom". The only one who joined some serious projects was Martha Plimpton.

But these are just technical details. What really counts in "The Goonies" are the two hours of humanity, pleasure, inocence, friendship - and even the first love - that only children can show in their eyes. In fact, it's a small journey to our past, to a time when your deepest worries were about the girl (or the boy) on the next chair.


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