The Goonies

  • Directors: Richard Donner Steven Spielberg second unit director
  • Producers: Richard Donner Harvey Bernhard Kathleen Kennedy Frank_Marshall_ Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Story, Steven Spielberg, Screenplay, Chris Columbus
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Mystery
  • Actors: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Robert Davi, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, John Matuszak, Joe Pantoliano, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy Quan, Anne Ramsey

The Goonies, a group of young teenaged friends living in Astoria, Oregon, face foreclosure on their families’ homes from the expanding Astoria Country Club. On one of their last days their morale sinks particularly low due to the cancellation of their programmed farewell road trip due to Mikey’s older brother having flunked his driver’s license exam.

While rummaging through the bric-a-brac accumulated in the Walshes’ attic by their father (a local museum curator), they find an old newspaper clipping, a Spanish map, and an artifact relating to a rumor of a forgotten pirate treasure somewhere in the area. Hearing the call of adventure, Mikey tries to persuade his friends to join him in search for the treasure hoarded by a pirate named One Eyed Willie. Initially reluctant, the group eventually decides to usurp the authority of Mikey’s older brother Brandon and escape for one last “Goonie adventure.”

They head to the coast and stumble upon an abandoned seaside restaurant that seems to match coordinates set by the map and an old doubloon. With the help of Mouth, a cocky but loyal friend of the group, they are able to translate the map and confirm they are headed in the right direction. Unbeknownst to the Goonies, the restaurant is actually a secret hideout of a family of Italian criminals known as the Fratellis. While the kids believe the Fratellis are restaurant owners and workers, they are inevitably shooed away by Mama Fratelli, but they evacuate the premises only to come back later when the coast is clear. Once Brandon finally tracks the boys down and insists they return home immediately, they are met with Steph and Andy, two female peers Brandon knows from school. Undeterred with his agenda, and with Brandon being distracted by the company of the girls, Mikey continues to search for clues, feeling that he is closer than ever in finding the treasure. Data, the group’s tech whiz, discovers a counterfeit money-making machine and soon the group realizes who the Fratellis really are. To make matters worse, they find the dead body of an F.B.I. agent stored away in a freezer, and the Fratellis have returned to the hideout, though they remain unaware of the Goonies’ presence in the basement.

The Goonies barely escape and make their way out to the beach outside the cave, where they are met by the early morning and spotted by a couple of police scouts on ATVs. The group is reunited with their families, Sloth and Chunk proclaim their love for one another, and the rest of the Fratellis are arrested. Even though everyone is happy that the young adventurers were unharmed, the kids themselves are devastated at their inability to hold onto any of the treasure lost in the cave’s collapse. All hope is restored when Rosalita, the Walshes’ housekeeper, discovers a handful of precious jewels left in Mikey’s marble bag. With this new fortune, the Goonies are able to save everyone’s homes from foreclosure. The Inferno, One-Eyed Willie, and its cargo of “rich stuff” gracefully sail out of the collapsed cave and into the sun.

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