Top 365 Films – #130 – The Goonies (1985)

Top 365 Films - The GooniesDIRECTED BY: Richard Donner

STARRING: Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Ke Huy Quan, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Anne Ramsey, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Davi, John Matuszak, Mary Ellen Trainor, Keith Walker, Lupe Ontiveros, Steve Antin, Curtis F. Hanson and Paul Tuerpe

BUDGET: $19m

EARNED (Worldwide): $61.5m




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


Taking us to Astoria, Oregon where an area is facing foreclosure of their homes to make way for an expanding country club, a group of kids that call themselves The Goonies set out on a quest to find the whereabouts of a treasure hidden by a famous pirate named One-Eyed Willie, rumoured to be nearby the area. Along the way however they encounter the Fratelli’s, a crime family hiding out in an abandoned restaurant.


The Goonies is a film that will always have a special place in my heart for how often I wore out the VHS tape of said film multiple times growing up. Looking back now The Goonies will come off as the most un-PG film ever made, primarily not just for the dread that the gang go through in the search not only for the treasure, but also the hanging threat of the Fratelli family and of course there’s that one particular scene of Mouth giving incorrect translations to the Walsh families new housekeeper Rosalita about hard drugs and an attic containing sexual torture devices. The storyline is engaging and the young cast members have a great chemistry amongst themselves, in particular Jeff Cohen as Chunk being the highlight of the film for me still and having actors such as Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano and Anne Ramsey providing the performances of the antagonists give the film more credibility to compliment the younger cast. The film provides a scale of wonder that can cover what you wanted in an adventure growing up (bobby traps galore, pirate ship filled with gold, organs made from bones) and this is way The Goonies still stands the test of time due to its storytelling.


FAVOURITE SCENE: The Fratelli’s get Chunk to confess to literally everything.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Goonies never say die!’ – Mikey

DID YOU KNOW?: According to Sean Astin, he was allowed to keep the treasure map used in the film. Several years later his mother Patty Duke discovered it, thought it was just a crinkled piece of paper, and threw it in the trash. The pirate ship was entirely real. All the shots were filmed in the ship. After the film, it was offered to anyone who would take it. No one wanted it, so the ship was scrapped.

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