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.