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The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure movie directed by Richard Donner.


One afternoon in Astoria, Oregon, it is lunch time at the Clatsop County Jail. While rounding up inmates to go eat, a Prison Guard discovers one, Jake Fratelli, had committed suicide. However, upon further investigation, a note left on the body reveals it is a trick. Kncoking the guard out, Jake heads out of the jailhouse, where his brother, Francis Fratelli, and his mother, Mama Fratelli, are setting up to save him. Leaving a barrier of fire between them and the cops, the Fratellis make their getaway. The cops give chase and they drive all over Astoria; a group of kids, all across town, are all too distracted to notice, save for Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen, who enjoys watching the chase scene. Mama Fratelli drives their Jeep Cherokee XJ through an ORV race on the beach, letting them blend in and escape the police.

Meanwhile, Michael Walsh, or just "Mikey" to his friends and family, is lamenting the loss of his home, the Goon Docks, which is meant to be demolished the following day. His brother, Brandon Walsh - shortened to "Brand" - is tasked with watching over him due to his asthma and the poor weather. The rest of Mikey's friends arrive to spend one last day together as the titular "Goonies"; Clarke "Mouth" Devereaux arrives and teases Brand for failing his driver's test, Richard "Data" Wang quite literally crashes through the door while using one of his various inventions, and Chunk shows up telling the outlandish story of the car chase he saw earlier. Because of Chunk's tendencies to make up things and claim they're true, nobody believes him.

Mikey's mother, Irene stops by the house with Rosalita, a maid she's hired to help pack for the family's move. While Mouth offers to translate for her (only to torment the poor lady), the others clamor over fixing a statue Chunk broke. Irene tells the boys to clean up before leaving with Rosalita to the supermarket. The Goonies, naturally, do anything but that, and decide to root around the attic to look at Mikey's dad's stored museum pieces.

Up in the attic they discover pirate memorabilia and artifacts, including swords, outfits, and more. While trying to stop his friends from ruining all of it, Mikey discovers a dusty old framed map, which he hands to Chunk on purpose to drop it. Chunk drops and breaks the glass and he digs through it, pulling out the map and a doubloon, both dating back to 1632. When Brand attributes it to One-Eyed Willy, local famous pirate, Mikey recalls a story told to him by his father, about Willy being trapped in a cave by the British armada; the story says that he crafted booby traps to protect his treasure, which sits there after all this time. While nobody believes the story at first, Chunk discovers a framed newspaper about Chester Copperpot, a local explorer who went missing while trying to find the treasure.

Cut off from Mikey's hoping and positing that the treasure could still be there, that it could be used to save the Goon Docks, the doorbell rings. Outside the house is Mr. Perkins, handing off foreclosure paperwork to Brand to give to his father. Morale low after Mr. Perkins' visit, the Goonies decide to try and go after the treasure. They trap Brand again a sofa chair with workout equipment, flatten his bike tires, and then ride off on their own bikes. When Irene and Rosalita arrive home, Brand escapes from his resistance bands and, upon discovering his bike tires are flat, steals a children's bike from Data's sister.

Out at Ecola State Park, the Goonies come to a stop. Using the map to match up their location with Haystack Rock, leading them in the right direction. Brand, meanwhile, is pedaling as hard as he can. Down the road are Troy Perkins, Andrea Carmichael, and Stephanie Steinbrenner, all out for a ride in Troy's Ford Mustang GT. They encounter Brand and Andy offers him a ride. Troy, however, pins his hand to the side of his car and starts driving as fast as he can. The girls try to make him stop, but are futile, and Brand is sent flying off a steep hill.

Mikey, Mouth, Data, and Chunk climb up the beach; after Mikey uses the doubloon to line up a set of landmarks, Mouth translates the map, and they start taken a hundred steps north towards the Lighthouse Lounge, an abandoned restaurant that seems to be open. They see two people enter the building, thinking they're customers. Loud noises stop them and Chunk tries to stop them, saying they're gunshots. The boys don't listen, though, and investigate the building. Chunk, meanwhile, discovers an ORV in the garage, with bulletholes in the trunk door. He pieces things together and realizes it's the same ORV from before.

He rushes in to warn them, but all four of them end up running into the Fratellis. Mama Fratelli, frustrated with their peeping, leads them on, offering them food. When Mouth gets cute and jokey, she threatens to cut off his tongue, which makes them all shut up. While she goes to retrieve them water, the Goonies realize something is wrong. Chunk exclaims about the ORV in the garage, but nobody believes him. Mama Fratelli comes back with alcohol for the boys, and Mikey requests to use the bathroom. As he runs down into the basement to do so, Mama Fratelli urges him to "stay to the right".



Richard Donner
Richard Donner and Harvey Bernhard
Steven Spielberg
Chris Columbus
Executive producers
Steven Spielberg
Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Director of photography
Nick McLean
Production designer
J. Michael Riva
Film editor
Michael Kahn
Music score
Dave Grusin

Behind the scenesEdit


The Goonies was originally named "The Goon Kids" in Steven Spielberg's original story concept.[1]

The film was shot on location in Astoria, OR; other filming locations included Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, and Bodega Bay, CA. The caves were shot on set, with Burbank's Stage 16 being used for housing the Inferno.

The film has a number of deleted scenes cut from the final version. The most famous of these is the octopus scene, which is still referenced by Data in the last scene of the movie.


The Goonies was adapted into a novel by James Kahn, released a month before the film. A storybook also exists, as well as a number of activity and coloring books.

The Goonies has been adapted into a number of video games. Direct adaptions were released for the Nintendo Famicom and Famicom Disk Engine, the arcade VS. System, the PC-88 computer, and the Sharp X1 compute, the MSX computer, and the Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, Apple II, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC computers. A sequel to the Famicom game was later made, as The Goonies II.

LEGO Dimensions featured a level pack for The Goonies, with missions and worlds based on the movie.

It was reported that The Goonies would receive adaptions in the form of a comic mini-series, an animated cartoon on Cartoon Network, and a musical, but all of these plans were cancelled.


The possibility of a sequel to The Goonies has existed since 2004, when Richard Donner reported interest in another story. The idea of one was debunked by multiple actors from the original. Sean Astin showed interest in one in an interview in 2007, while Corey Feldman, again, debunked a sequel in 2008.

Donner again explained interest in 2010 with the release of The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of The Goonies, and claimed to have a script for it in 2014.

No news of an official sequel has been released since then, with the only "sequel" existing being The Goonies II.

Soundtrack and scoreEdit

Main article: The Goonies (album)
Main article: The Goonies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The original score for The Goonies was created by composer Dave Grusin. It borrows from other film scores, such as Superman and Adventure of Don Juan for incidental parts of the movie, both relating to the character of Sloth. The score itself wasn't officially released until 2010.

A compilation soundtrack with music featured in the movie was released alongside its release. This included singles such as "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" by Cyndi Lauper, "Eight Arms To Hold You" by Goon Squad, and more.


  • According to the newspaper found in the Lighthouse Lounge basement, The Goonies takes place on the evening of October 24, 1985 (and the morning of the 25th).


External linksEdit


  1. The Goonies Souvenir Magazine from the Goonies 25th Anniversary box set