Goonies

Goonies

4.8 68
Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Richard Donner, Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman

     
 

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Leonard Maltin wasn't alone when he noticed similarities between Goonies and the 1934 Our Gang comedy Mama's Little Pirate. Adapted by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg, the film follows a group of misfit kids (including such second-generation Hollywoodites as Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) as they search for buried treasure in a subterraneanSee more details below

Overview

Leonard Maltin wasn't alone when he noticed similarities between Goonies and the 1934 Our Gang comedy Mama's Little Pirate. Adapted by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg, the film follows a group of misfit kids (including such second-generation Hollywoodites as Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) as they search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern. Here they cross the path of lady criminal Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) and her outlaw brood. Fortunately, the kids manage to befriend Fratelli's hideously deformed (but soft-hearted) son (John Matuszak), who comes to their rescue. The Spielberg influence is most pronounced in the film's prologue and epilogue, when the viewer is advised that the film's real villains are a group of "Evil Land Developers." The musical score makes excellent use of Max Steiner's main theme from The Adventures of Don Juan, not to mention contributions by the likes of Richard Marx and Cyndi Lauper.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
For many moviegoers, The Goonies epitomizes the '80s family action-adventure. Steven Spielberg assumes the reins as producer in this big-budget effort, enlisting seasoned action-director Richard Donner (Superman) to direct and blossoming screenwriter Chris Columbus (Gremlins) to pen the script. This able trio certainly understands what young audiences want to see, thus fill their narrative with special effects, pirate's treasure, epic sets, and curmudgeonly crooks. The result is a mélange of memorable moments equally thrilling for both adults and children. From the opening jailbreak scene to the wild water slide ride through one-eyed Willie's booby-trapped caverns, this is a relentless, high-octane "Spielbergian" journey starring young protagonists. Although the characters are built on obvious clichés (i.e. the whining fat kid, the homecoming queen, the Asian kid with gadgets), the charming performances and quirky dialogue manage to bring these seemingly stale archetypes to life. This is a film that never talks down to its young audience, creating intelligent teen characters that feel real emotions and face internal and external conflict from all sides. While many consider this film nothing more than a busy and overproduced grab bag of Hollywood hack, others can look back on The Goonies nostalgically. Sloth's drooling shrieks of "BABY RUTH" and "HEY YOU GUYS" may seem a tad trite and corny by today's standards, but these moments are as famous as any other '80s celluloid classics. A string of unimpressive children's adventures such as Russkies would soon follow the release of The Goonies, but the canned plot lines and cardboard characters lacked the heart of Mikey, Mouth, Data, and their colorful cohorts.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
UPC:
0085391147435
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Astin Mikey
Josh Brolin Brand
Corey Feldman Mouth
Kerri Green Andy
Martha Plimpton Stef
John Matuszak Sloth
Robert Davi Jake
Joe Pantoliano Francis
Anne Ramsey Mama Fratelli
Jeb Stuart Adams Troy's Friend
Jeff B. Cohen Chunk
Jane Feinberg Actor
Mike Fenton Actor
Curtis Hanson Mr. Perkins
Orwin Harvey Tennis Player
Judy Taylor Actor
Newt Arnold Man in Shower
Lupe Ontiveros Rosalita
Mary Ellen Trainor Mrs. Walsh
Keith Walker Mr. Walsh
Steve Antin Troy
Paul Tuerpé Sheriff
George Robotham Prison Guard
Charles McDaniel Chunk's Father
Elaine Cohen McMahon Chunk's Mother
Michael Paul Chan Data's Father
George Nicholas McLean Mouth's Father
Bill Bradley Bill
Eric Briant Wells Troy's Friend
Gene Ross Man in Shower
Max Segar Man in Shower
Jack O'Leary Reporter
Patrick Cameron Reporter
Ted Grossman FBI Man
Jonathan Ke Quan Data

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director,Producer
Scott Adam Production Manager
Phillip Bailey Songwriter
Arthur Baker Songwriter
Harvey Bernhard Producer
Jimmy Bralower Songwriter
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Carter Art Director
Chris Columbus Screenwriter
Kevin Cronin Songwriter
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Susanna Hoffs Songwriter
Michael Kahn Editor
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Robbie Kilgore Songwriter
Richard La Motte Costumes/Costume Designer
Amy La Television Songwriter
Cyndi Lauper Songwriter
Tony Lloyd Makeup
Stephen Broughton Lunt Songwriter
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Richard Marx Songwriter
Matt Sweeney Special Effects
Michael J. McAlister Special Effects
Nick McLean Cinematographer
Vicki Peterson Songwriter
George Rebotham Stunts
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Danny Sembello Songwriter
Jules Shear Songwriter
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer,Original Story
Arthur Stead Songwriter
Judy Taylor Casting
John Turi Songwriter
Joseph Williams Songwriter

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