The Goonies

Warner Bros. Released 1985




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Richard Donner

The Goonies are gang of close friends whose houses are about to be foreclosed. The story follows the group of young friends who find an old map in their attic supposedly leading to the treasure of One-Eyed Willie, a pirate. The map leads them to an abandoned restaurant that is being used as a hideout for the Fratellis, a criminal family. The Goonies escape from the Fratellis into an underground cave hidden under the restaurant, however one member, Chunk, is captured by the Fratellis. The Goonies go through the caves escaping traps set by One-Eyed Willie and looking for treasure. The eventually stumble upon Willie's pirate ship, The Inferno, and all of the treasure. While leaving the ship The Goonies are confronted and captured by the Fratellies. The Goonies are saved by the arrival of Chunk and his new friend, the Fratellis' deformed member Sloth.


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    It has crooks, bats, cobwebs, skeletons, a lovable monster, an underground grotto and a treasure hidden by some of the most considerate, clue-loving pirates who ever lived. Their g...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Goonies, like Gremlins, shows that Spielberg and his directors are absolute masters of how to excite and involve an audience. "E.T." was more like "Close Encounters"; it didn't...

  • 60


    Territory is typical small town Steven Spielberg; this time set in a coastal community in Oregon. Story is told from the kids' point-of-view and takes a rather long time to be set ...

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    • Production Budget - $19,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $61,389,680 (9th)

      Domestic Adjusted fro 2013 - $141,109,780

    • Other production companies:
      Amblin Entertainment

    • Filming locations include:
      Astoria, Oregon
      Bodega Bay, California
      Cannon Beach, Oregon
      Burbank Studios, Burbank, California

    • Taglines:
      1. It's excitement all the way as Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner, the makers of 'Indiana Jones', 'Gremlins' and 'Superman', combine forces to create the Family Adventure of the year!
      2. The pirates map, The villainous crooks, The underground caverns, The booby traps, the skeletons, The monster, the lost treasure, and the magic that is... THE GOONIES
      3. They call themselves "The Goonies." The secret caves. The old lighthouse. The lost map. The treacherous traps. The hidden treasure. And Sloth... Join the adventure.

    • Music:
      The Goonies 'R' Good Enough
      Performed by Cyndi Lauper
      Written by Cyndi Lauper, Steve Lunt and Arthur Stead
      Love Is Alive
      Performed and Produced by Philip Bailey
      Written by Philip Bailey and Richard Marx
      I Got Nothing
      Performed by The Bangles
      Written by Susanna Hoffs, Victoria Peterson and Jules Shear
      Eight Arms to Hold You
      Performed by Goon Squad
      Written by Arthur Baker, Robbie Kilgore and Jimmy Bralower
      What a Thrill
      Performed by Cyndi Lauper
      Written by Cyndi Lauper and John Turi
      Performed, Produced and Written by Teena Marie
      Wherever You're Goin' (It's Alright)
      Performed by REO Speedwagon
      Written by Kevin Cronin
      She's So Good to Me
      Produced, Written and Sung by Luther Vandross
      Save the Night
      Performed and Produced by Joseph Williams
      Written by Joseph Williams and Amy LaTelevision
      Red Hot
      Performed and Produced by Joseph Williams
      Written by Joseph Williams and Danny Sembello
      Theme from 'The Adventures of Don Juan'
      Written by Max Steiner
      Theme from 'Superman'
      Written by John Williams


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Teen, Family Dramas, Tweens, Pre-Teens, quotable