February 11th, 2013: The Goonies (1985)


Cast: Richard Donner (Director, Producer); Steven Spielberg (Story, Executive Producer); Chris Columbus (Screenplay); Frank Marshall (Executive Producer); Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey, Lupe Ontiveros, Mary Ellen Trainor

What It’s About: A group of friends from the wrong side of the tracks (“The Goonies”) stumble on a treasure map that just might allow them to save their neighborhood-or lead them to their deaths in the booby-trapped caves below their town.  That is, if the family of bank robbers they stumble upon doesn’t get them first.

Why Watch it Today?:  Today is National Inventor’s Day (thanks Ronnie) and one of the more memorable members of the gang is Data (Jonathan Ke Quan), whose inventions work-some of the time.  The Goonies is good 80s fun, taking the Rube Goldberg Death Traps from Raiders of the Lost Ark and putting them in a more kid friendly context, with a cast of actors who would go on to greater things.

Other Choices:  The Prestige, A Grand Day Out, Gremlins, The Curse of the Wererabbit, A Close Shave

6 comments on “February 11th, 2013: The Goonies (1985)

  1. theelderj says:

    I don’t know if I thought any movie was cooler than this when I was a kid. I loved it. I watched it a million times.

    Question: could someone get away with the depiction of the asian kid or the fat kid in a movie now?

    • professormortis says:

      Maybe? I don’t watch a lot of current kid stuff. If not, it would probably be more PC, but actually worse-the movie clearly loves those kids

  2. theelderj says:

    I agree–the stereotypes are ‘loving’. Even of the circus freak. I just can’t get over how many parts of that movie wouldn’t fly now.

    It is a good thing Rudy was too young to ruin that one.

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