If you were a kid back in the mid-80s, you likely know The Goonies like the back of your hand, maybe even able to quote it with ease. That’s because this adventurous 1985 film charmed the hearts of millions of kids back in the day – enough so that it that it still maintains a cult following. Let’s take a look back.
The Goonies are a group of friends who live in the small town of Astoria Oregon. They consist of the wisecracking Mouth, the James Bond fan Data, the boy-next-door Mikey, Mikey’s older brother Brandon and their friend Chunk. When the kids learn that greedy developers plan to turn Mikey’s house into a golf course, they know they must take swift action if they hope to keep their gang together. They find a treasure map in Mikey’s attic, and realize that’s the only way they can save their homes. Joined by Brandon’s girlfriend Andy and her friend Stef, the kids go in search of the treasure.
The quest takes the Goonies into a series of underground caves that contain hidden puzzles and booby (or booty) traps. Meanwhile, criminal matron Mama Fratelli and her convict kids Jake and Francis are on their tail. Luckily, another of Mama Fratelli’s sons, Sloth (an outcast with a physical deformity yet a big heart) decides to side with the gang of Goonies. Still, they have plenty of obstacles to overcome before they can get the treasure and save their homes from demolition.
A good film starts with a good team, and The Goonies shined in this department, thanks to the combined talents of Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner (of Lethal Weapon fame) and a screenplay by Chris Columbus (Home Alone). It also didn’t hurt that the entertaining cast of kids, including such notables as Sean Astin, Martha Plimpton and Corey Feldman, shared a great on-screen chemistry. Finally, who couldn’t love the adorable Sloth character? One of the top-ten grossing films of the year, Goonies was a fun adventure that remains fondly remembered by plenty of former tykes.
If this movie still holds a warm place in your heart, or if you would like to quote a line or two from memory, we welcome your input in our comments section as we tip our hat to this 80s classic.