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A 1985 adventure movie directed by Richard Donner

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They Really Are Good Enough

  • Nov 30, 2008
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Combining swashbuckling, mystery, murder, pre-teen wonder and teen angst, "The Goonies," is a wonderful film about two brothers and their friends who are about to lose their homes but wind up on an amazing journey that just might save them all. When the Walsh brothers and their friends find a map in the family attic, the "Goonies" set out on one last adventure before having to say goodbye to each other.

What they find is a trail leading to the treasure of the infamous One-Eyed Willie, a pirate who literally protected his gold to his death. The gang has to get past a number of booby traps, including a piano of death, in order to get Willie's treasure. They also have to deal with a rich high school bully and the murderous Fratelli family.

This film is fun from the beginning. Steven Spielberg story and Chris Columbus' screenplay fit well on the screen. Director Richard Donner blends humor, adventure, and a touch of romance into the tale that prevents the story from ever getting boring. Cyndi Lauper's "The Goonies R' Good Enough" sets the musical tone for the film.

The cast features a number of (at the time) up-and-coming actors. Sean Astin plays the younger Walsh son, Mikey. Josh Brolin plays Brandon Walsh. Indie princess Martha Plimpton plays Stef Steinbrenner. Future fight choreographer (and also "Short Round" in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom") Ke Huy Quan plays Data. Jeff Cohen portrays Chunk. Kerri Green plays Andy Carmichael and future "Two Coreys" star Corey Feldman rounds out the Goonies as Mouth.

The Fratelli clan is filled with the wonderful Anne Ramsey as Ma Fratelli, Joe Pantoliano as Francis, Robert Davi as Jake and John Matuszak as the legendary Sloth.

Be warned that their is quite a bit of strong language in this film. It pre-dates the PG-13 era, and probably would have received that rating if it had been around. The rest of the tale is family friendly, with only mild peril and one murder.

For a solid afternoon or evening of family fun, I highly recommend "The Goonies." It's one of Spielberg's best projects.

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review by . December 22, 2008
The Goonies was one of those 80's movies that every kid had seen.  It wasn't great, but it was certainly memorable.  I recently re-watched it and was surprised at how enjoyable this movie still was.  I think the testament to its longevity are the characters -- the characters are such an eccentric and diverse group, that you can't help but try to identify yourself and your friends with the characters in the movie.
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
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Slightly dark kids adventure about kids looking for pirate treasure to save their town from investors. Another classic with many memorable moments.
Quick Tip by . September 14, 2010
Every kid wishes they could have had an adventure like the ones the Goonies had.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Great movie for the pre-teen set. As an adult it is a bit hard to get into.
review by . June 25, 2010
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I don't think I've ever seen a movie so corny yet so cute at the same time. Despite the 1980s special effects and acting, there's a certain charm to The Goonies. It's largely from the energy of the kids - led by The Lord Of The Rings's Sean Astin. The kids are loud - sometimes too loud - but they're also adorable. The movie follows them along on their quest for lost treasure - and maturity. This is a great adventure movie for kids (although Sloth might be a bit scary).
review by . June 25, 2010
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I don't think I've ever seen a movie so corny yet so cute at the same time. Despite the 1980s special effects and acting, there's a certain charm to The Goonies. It's largely from the energy of the kids - led by The Lord Of The Rings's Sean Astin. The kids are loud - sometimes too loud - but they're also adorable. The movie follows them along on their quest for lost treasure - and maturity. This is a great adventure movie for kids (although Sloth might be a bit scary).
review by . December 23, 2008
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In 1985, Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones and E.T.)served as an executive producer on The Goonies, an adventure film based on a story by Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner (Superman). Since the film's release, it's become a cult classic of sorts, as well as being a favorite film for nostalgic teens and adults.          The story follows a group of outcast kids growing up in Oregon, who call themselves the Goonies, as they spend their last weekend together …
review by . December 22, 2008
The Goonies is one of those classic 80's film that everyone loves. Okay, so maybe not everyone exactly, but close enough. The Goonies is set in Oregon, where a group of kids who call themselves The Goonies are faced with a predicament. There is a foreclosure on their families' homes because of an expanding Country Club. On one of the group's last hang out days, the gang is gathered in Mikey's attic and run into some old newspaper clippings and a map. These were part of an old rumor of a pirate treasure …
review by . April 04, 2008
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 I have seen this movie more times that I can count... in fact more times than any other movie in my lifetime--by far. This is partly because it was a favorite of both my older brothers, my sister, and many friends in college. Its the classic "throw it in" movie for any Sunday afternoon, and I am pretty convinced that at anytime of any day...SOMEWHERE this movie is playing on some channel.     Its the Goonies. Its adventure, pirates, risking it all and beating the odds. …
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You may be surprised to discover that the director of theLethal Weaponmovies and scary horror flickThe Omen, Richard Donner, also produced and directed this classic children's adventure (which, by the way, was written by Donner's screen-wizard friend Steven Spielberg). Then again you may not.The Goonies, like Donner's other movies, is the same story of good versus evil. It has its share of bad guys (the Fratelli brothers and their villainous mother), reluctant-hero good guys (the Walsh bothers and their gang of friends), and lots of corny one-liners. Like in an old-fashioned Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew plot, the Goonies need to solve a problem: a corrupt corporate developer has bought out their neighborhood and plans to flatten all their homes. Luckily, the beloved gang stumbles on a treasure map. In the hopes of finding the treasure to buy back their houses, the Goonies embark on their quest through underground passages, aboard pirate ships, and behind waterfalls. This swashbuckling and rollicking ride was also a great breeding ground for a couple of child actors who went on to enjoy numerous successes in adulthood: Sean Astin (Rudy,Encino Man) and Martha Plimpton (Pecker,200 Cigarettes).--Samantha Allen Storey
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