The Goonies

June 7th, 1985


The Goonies

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A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 7.6/10 (82,245 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Richard Donner

Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen

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 house 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.

Writers: Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus

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 - Mr. Walsh
Curtis Hanson - Mr. Perkins

Taglines: It's excitement all the way as Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner, the makers of 'Indiana Jones', 'Gremlins' and 'Superman', combine forces to create the Family Adventure of the year!

Release Date: 7 June 1985

Filming Locations: Astoria, Oregon, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,105,913 (USA) (9 June 1985)

Gross: $61,389,680 (USA) (2 September 1985)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

When Chunk is hiding from the Fratellis in the refrigerator with the dead body, he sneezes loudly. As Mama Fratelli exits the room she unwittingly says "Gesundheit!", the German word for "Health" used as a response to a sneeze.

Continuity: When Chunk follows Sloth down the hole in the fireplace in the basement of the restaurant, he grabs a lantern. He quickly touches it to turn it on, as if it had a switch.

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

User Review

20-somethings and the Goonies

Rating: 10/10

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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