The Goonies (1985)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Comedy, Family


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A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.


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20 September 2004 | susannahvwhite
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| 20-somethings and the Goonies
Just prior to graduating with a degree in Film Studies a lecturer asked us, "So what's your favourite film now?" Whilst my peers spouted out Goddard films and obscure German expressionist shorts I sat quietly thinking; my favourite film has been My Favourite Film since I was seven... So when it came to me and I mumbled "The Goonies", I was expecting scorn, ridicule and possibly minor injury, but instead was met with concurring shouts and whoops and cries of "Hey you gu-uys!" from the rest of the class. You see this is the unifying thing about The Goonies; mention it in a room full of twenty-somethings and they'll whell up and utter "Sloth loves Chunk" or adopt a harassed Chinese tone "Thats what I said...Booty traps!". And if that room happens to be a pub, several chairs will scrape back and semi-inebriated grown men will lift their shirts, shake their bellies and revel in the truffle shuffle. People may say it's an Indiana Jones wanna-be I think that is the defining beauty of it all. When we first watched The Goonies it was like watching our dreams come true on screen! We'd loved seeing Indiana's adventures and escapades and in The Goonies we saw kids like us actually doing it! They got to be just like the mini-Indies we imagined ourselves to be in the playground. But its not just the adventure that makes us love the film, we love those Goonies themselves. They were like our friends. We got annoyed with them sometimes, and we wanted to protect them, and we laughed at their jokes and cheered when they had a brilliant plan. Identifying with those kids was what we loved and why, as adults, we quote them and 'become' them when talking about the film. I still want to be like Andy, having a perilous adventure sliding down tunnels and facing the bad guys on a huge pirate ship... but of course also making time to kiss Brand AND Mikey! I also think that this is why Goonies 2 is such a relevant and exciting concept. We've all grown up together and I'd love to see how the guys are doing now...I just hope it doesn't disappoint... So if you've not seen it do it right now, and if you have kids sit them down, hold their hand through the scary bits and enjoy! They'll thank you in twenty years time!

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Trivia

During his time off from filming, Keith Walker became fascinated with the film's Astoria setting and it was there that he used the location as inspiration to write his only film screenplay which in-turn became known as Free Willy (1993). Richard Donner executive produced the latter and its sequels Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) and Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997) while Jennie Lew Tugend was a producer for all three films and Donner's frequent collaborator Paul Tuerpe had a role in Free Willy 2 as an assistant to Milner. There are a couple more connections to The Goonies and Free Willy including the locations shot in Oregon, and Jesse's farewell to Willy mirroring Mikey's farewell to One-Eyed Willy.


Quotes

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


Goofs

Mouth thanks Stef for offering to save his life; a reference to a cut scene.


Crazy Credits

The film's title logo appears after the end credits.


Alternate Versions

Although the UK cuts were fully restored by the BBFC in 2004 following the certificate upgrade to a '12' some early issues of the DVD featured the cut version and a lack of commentary, despite the latter being listed on the menus. The 2nd issue DVD corrected this and the two can be identified by the following..... 1. If the DVD states 2.0 Surround in the Audio Box on the reverse of the sleeve then this is the cut version and the commentary does not work. 2. If the DVD states 5.1 in the Audio Box on the reverse of the sleeve then this is the uncut version with the working commentary.


Soundtracks

She's So Good to Me
Produced, Written and Sung by
Luther Vandross
Courtesy of Epic Records

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Adventure | Comedy | Family

Details

Release Date:

7 June 1985

Language

English, Spanish, Cantonese, Italian


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

368 38th Street, Astoria, Oregon, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,105,913 9 June 1985

Gross USA:

$63,192,596

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,980,721

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