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; <more>
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!
Anyone who grew up in the 80's will list the Goonies as one of their favourite films, or at least look back at it with a misty eye.It had everthing you could want, thrills, spills, pirates, booty, adventure, freaks and bad guys. I just wanted to be a Goonie or go on a Goonie style adventure. Even the place where they lived was cool. A big old house in a picturesque bay town. You don't get houses like that in England. The only interesting thing you would have found in my loft would have been a dead pidgeon.Then there were the Goonies themselves who just seemed so cool. Data's <more>
gadgets and smart mouthed ..erm.. Mouth.We are first introduced to them one by one in the fantastic introductory sequence. The bad guys of the piece, the Fratellis, organise a jailbreak in a huge 4x4. In the process of doing so they speed past every member of the Goonies, introducing their character traits. Then they all get together at the leader Mikies house and just doss around for a while feeling sorry for themselves, because a property magnate wants to but there little town and turn it into a country club although the bay looks like it would make a poor golf course, but hey . So this is the Goonies last day together and they have to do something about it. And don't they just.What follows is like a comedy Hardy Boys crossed with a game of Mousetrap. Some of the set pieces are genius the pirate, One eyed Willie, had a penchant for elaborate traps to stop people pinching his booty and the sets are equally inventive. The gang get themselves into various scrapes with the traps, or the Fratellis or both and somehow always come out on top.Richard Donner's direction is always brisk, the young actors performances are superb specially the fantastic 'Chunk' , the senior cast is very good and the dialogue is chock full of hilarious lines.I must admit I look back at it through rose tinted glasses. I was in awe of it when I was a kid, and now when I watch it, it reminds me of my childhood and all the things that was great about it. I cant fault the Goonies, even now. I still believe it is the perfect kids film.I am probably preaching to the converted, but if you havent seen the Goonies, go and buy it now! And if you don't like it, what the hell is wrong with you!?!?!?
It was in 2001 or thereabouts that I watched and listened to the audio commentary track that is on the DVD version of The Goonies. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, and seeing how the principal cast had aged or hardly aged in Josh Brolin's case was worth the price of admission on its own. But this is just one of The Goonies' selling points. Despite what the IMDb's ratings would have you believe, it is an immortal classic that warrants repeated and frequent viewings. It is not a coincidence that many of its cast and crew have repeatedly appeared in all sorts of productions before <more>
and since. Indeed, this was probably the first film that introduced me to the reality that the same actor will often play ten different parts in ten different films when I realised that Jonathan Ke Quan was the same brat that made parts of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom so amusing. Seeing him in the video-enhanced commentary of the DVD nearly two decades later was a surprise and a half.The film revolves around a group of children and adolescents who live in the poorer, less trendy part of a beachfront town. Unlike an episode of Barney, every member of this principal group is given a background and a string of differences from their castmates. You will not see the teenaged Brand responding to the same situation in the same manner as the ten year old Mikey, and that is where a major part of the film's strength is derived. The only weakness in the characterisations is with Martha Plimpton and Kerri Green, who join the adventuring boys a little way into the film. Exactly what they are doing other than giving the character of Brand something similar to himself to bounce his more adult-oriented lines from is anyone's guess, but they do work in their limited capacity. It is just a pity that Chris Columbus' screenplay did not give them a little more to do, other than defuse one fiendish trap towards the end of the ride.Speaking of fiendish traps, the adventurers journey from one puzzling location to the next with barely a stop for breath. It works because unlike similar adventure films where the director expects us to be impressed by a fiendish-sounding name, the specific places that are visited by the Goonies have function. The bone piano shown in one such sequence, for example, would appear in the nightmares of children learning a regular piano for years after the film's theatrical release. It also gives Corey Feldman a good chance to act out a character who speaks very fluent Spanish. And while I am on that subject, who could forget the immortal scene early on in the film where Mouth deliberately loses something in the translation when Rosalita is shown around? But the prize for scene-stealing goes to John Matuszak, who plays the unofficial eighth Goonie, Sloth, with a weird aplomb that may well scare the willies out of parts of the intended audience. But then, in 1985, scaring the intended audience a little was considered a healthy part of making a film for those in the age ranges depicted here.They say you cannot have a good protagonist without a good antagonist to bounce off. Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, and Anne Ramsey provide antagonists so good that they utterly hose the rule about not working with animals or children. The Fratellis work so well here because they are working with children. The late Anne Ramsey played her part so well that the mere thought of watching her in anything scared the willies out of me for years. Nowadays, as I have fully realised the mechanics behind film for some years, I am keen as mustard to see some of her other work in such pieces as Throw Momma From The Train now there's a title that brings images to mind or Meet the Hollowheads. That a performance can produce two entirely different reactions in the same person at different stages of their life should tell you all you need to know about its quality. Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano are somewhat overshadowed here, but the manic, cackling quality of their introductory act also left quite a lasting impression.You might have noticed that I have so far only mentioned the special effects in passing while heaping praise upon the acting. This is because unlike films such as the recent Star Wars prequels, the effects complement the acting rather than overshadow it. From what I am able to tell, all of the effects in The Goonies are practical, and some of them quite inventive. There is no use of blood squibs, which may disappoint some viewers, but there are enough mechanical sets and air vents to fill three films. Some of these effects did not turn out so well and were cut from the final film the squid sequence being the most famous example , but unlike a lot of films that depend on special effects for a crucial element, everything shown in the final cut is in perfect sync here. Suspension of disbelief is never an issue, which is just as well considering some of the preposterous things that roll by the screen with a certain nonchalance.I gave The Goonies a ten out of ten. Like Superman or the original Lethal Weapon, it shows that Richard Donner knows how to make a classic. Now that it is twenty years old, it stands forever as a relic of a time when the world of those under the age of eighteen was far less oppressive. If you have not introduced your children around the age of ten or greater to its joys and moments, then shame on you.
They Don't Make Em Like This Anymore (by bjmelnick)
Astoria Oregon is famous for two things. It's the filming location for The Goonies and it was the termination of the 18th Century Lewis and Clark Expedition. This is no coincidence. Kids want to believe in exploration and empowerment.1985 was right about the time when Nintendo emerged as a new past time for kids to hold up at home staring at a screen. And if kids did go out, they were likely headed to an arcade.Know your market. Donner and Spielberg knew exactly how to tug at the heart strings of kids looking for excitement and adventure. It's an hommage to exploration and Fantasy at <more>
a time when Children were considered an emerging market for toy and film companies; hence the popularity of the film.The Goonies wouldn't work in modern times. It's not believable that kids would hop on their bikes and go on an adventure. Kids in the suburbs need mom's car to go anywhere.Throw in an amazing soundtrack and stellar editing... I show this film to my 13 year old students every year. And they love it because we all long for some outdoor adventure in this age of smartphones, social media and video games. You need to be a kid or young at heart to really get this flick.
This movie stands the test of time (by spacegoonie)
This is one of the best movies of all time. I fell in love with it as a young kid the first time I watched it on television with my younger sister.The cast works perfectly for this story, the comedy is top notch and appeal lasts forever. One of the best things about the Goonies is so many of us have become a "Goonie". I myself use the name in most of my monikers including for these reviews here at IMDb.With the advancement of film making capabilities The Goonies is starting to look dated, but I still enjoy every minute of it. My wife and I can usually snap out of any bad mood or <more>
"funk" when we see Chunk and the Gang get together in this teenage riot.
Why did I wait so long before watching this movie? If I had seen this movie as a kid my imagination would have gone wild. When I was younger, I was always into the whole Treasure Hunting thing, always making clues and hiding them and having other's find them. The Goonies is basically a treasure hunt, and it's a damn good one too. I watched this mostly just because people were saying how great it was, and how it was one of the movies that inspired one of my favorite films from last year "Super 8." Well before I praise this movie, first let me say a few things that bothered <more>
me.The character of Chunk, the fat kid, doesn't go in the caves with the rest of the group, and in the last act, we barely see him. Which is a shame. Also some parts seemed a little too adult, I could handle the skeletons, but I can't really see why they put in the scene with the statue's genitals falling off. Also Data's accent got annoying at times, he sounds like Short Round from "Temple of Doom." But this movie really put a smile on my face, it's a classic adventure movie about finding a treasure. Like I said, I loved that stuff when I was younger, so this really brought a nostalgia feeling. The characters are great, sure they all fit into a stereotype: fat, Asian, cool, leader, but they all are so funny and likable. I like that they have both kids and teenagers on this journey. That way more people can relate. The villains are great, and the film had me laughing tons of times. I could say more, but I assume most of you have seen this film, and if you haven't, go watch it.The Goonies isn't quite as good as E.T., Close Encounters, or Super 8, but it's still a fun, nostalgic, and very funny ride. I will be buying this as soon as I can and it will go right on my shelf along with those other three.
I'm properly writing this at least 20 years too late but for anyone who hasn't seen this movie it is the ultimate must see. The film has lots of comedy moments as well as the love shared between friends. The Goonies is a classic film that has stood the test of time, and no matter how old you get and how many times you have seen this film you never get sick of it. It has a treasure hunt, pirates, and villains. The cast are brilliant and the storyline fantastic. We all wanted to be Goonies and I personally still do, it should remain as one of the most successful 80's movies ever, a <more>
classic in its own right. And deserves its place as one of the top family movies.
High Spirited adventure is both fun for the kids and the adults. (by hu675)
After the escape of a convict Robert Davi in a small town, helped by his mother Anne Rasmey and his brother Joe Pantoliano . On that same day, Several families are devastated that they are losing their homes. Since the rich are turning their homes into a golf course. An young 13 year old boy Sean Astin discover a map that could lead to the missing treasure from a missing pirate ship. Now with the help of his brother Josh Brolin and their friends Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton and Ke Huy-Quan embark to a unforgettable adventure but they ended up being <more>
followed by criminals, who also wants the missing treasure.Directed by Richard Donner The Omen, 16 Blocks, Superman:The Movie made an amusing, fun adventure for the young and old. This was one of the biggest hits of 1985. This is high energy film, which it was consider as mess by some critics. If "The Goonies" is a mess, it is an entertaining mishmash.DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 transfer an fine, digitally remastered-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD's best feature is the commentary track by the director and the cast. which they are seen in the commentary on video at several moments. DVD includes Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes featurettes, original theatrical trailer and a two part music video. This movie is still playing well for over 20 years and it become an family classic for those who grown up watching the film and also finding new audiences on DVD. Steven Spielberg Who directed a few scenes in the picture is one of the executive producers. Written by Chris Columbis Gremlins, Mrs. Doubtfire, Bicentennial Man . From a story by Spielberg. Panavision. ****/***** .
Hands up, who wants to be a Goonie...? (by CosmoJones)
There was a time before disassociated, mean-eyed teenagers, wore hooded tops, carried knives, bothered people on street corners, and passed the time drinking cider and daisy-chaining one another. This was a time when Michael Jackson moon-walked his way into the hearts of millions, Indiana Jones cracked his whip from jungle to desert, James Bond shot and slept his way around the world without a hint of self-mocking post-modern irony, and kids watched, enjoyed, and wanted to be in, The Goonies.Written by Stephen Spielberg, and directed by Richard Donner, The Goonies is a hugely entertaining <more>
film that encapsulates the naivety and sheer sense of adventurous fun that will forever be associated with the 1980's. The film follows the adventures of six friends led by Mikey Walsh, Sean Astin who in the best tradition of Robert Louis Stephenson's Treasure Island, find themselves hunting for the hidden treasure of the legendary infamous pirate One Eyed Willy. This is no idle adventure however as finding the booty will enable them to save their homes which face demolition to clear the way for a luxury country club.The film works so well because along with an exciting storyline, witty script, clever balance between comedy and tension, Spielberg, Donner, and the young cast have invested it with a youthful and at times anarchic energy that grabs the audience from the opening jail break right up until the closing credits. Anne Ramsey, Joe Pantoliano, and Robert Davi, play the villainous Fratelli family with just the right mixture of fun and menace. Mama Fratelli's 'tongue' is the only thing on the menu reply to a cocky request for food by Clark 'Mouth' Devereaux the very funny Corey Feldman is guaranteed to garner laughs aplenty, but through closed mouths of course.As well as the obvious nod to Stephenson, the film also lends from Bond, Ke Huy Quan's gadget inventing 'Data' models himself on 007 Indiana Jones, Spielberg's influence can be seen throughout the film but not least in the booby-trapped hidden caves and also The Hardy Boys, and Scooby Doo. The tradition of youngsters roving off to have adventures and solve mysteries is not new, it can be seen in Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, Blyton's The Famous Five, Hitchcok's The Three Investigators, Lewis's Narnia books, and many other sources. They have all gripped our collective imagination at one stage or another and happily The Goonies does the same.The success of the film is helped in no small way by the impressive set design and location of the film in the leafy town of Astoria, Oregon. If ever there was a place in which adventure was to be had Astoria is it. Sit back then, relax, and free yourself of cynicism, because as an audience it is 'our time' to enjoy the magic that is The Goonies.