“Once a Goonie Always a Goonie.”
From the mind of writer Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Shindler’s List, Jurassic Park) and the direction of Richard Donner (The Omen, Superman, Ladyhawke) comes the tale of young kids saving their neighbourhood. This is the 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition and what a set it is, coming on Blu-ray and with plenty of thrilling extras, see below. Family films do not get any better than The Goonies (yes, that is my kitchen).
1985 Goon Docks area of Astoria, Oregon, the residents are facing foreclosure of their homes as the greedy owners of the local country club are expanding their resources for a new golf course.
Mikey (Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings) and Brand Walsh (Josh Brolin, Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For) live in the Goon docks area and don’t want to leave their family home. Mikey has a problem with his speech and is an asthmatic while his older brother spends his time pumping iron and doing Charles Atlas exercises. Mikey is bored as they wait to pack and move out of their family home and destroy the local community.
All the other young “Goonies” meet at Mikey’s house, Chunk (Jeff Cohen, Perfect Harmony (TV)), Mouth (Corey Feldman, The Lost Boys) and Data ( Ke Huy Quan, California Man).
Mikey’s dad (Keith Walker, Free Willy) works at the local Astoria Historical Museum as the assistant Curator and his attic is full of nautical curios which everybody is banned from.But as it is their last day as Astorians they decide to throw caution to the wind and search through all the historic relics, where Mikey finds a map and a doubloon about the mythic pirate from 1632 “One-Eyed” Willy, who was chased by the British Armada all those years ago. Mikey is up for the adventure, much against his mothers and older brothers advice, but they are the Goonies and they are brothers with a goal to save their community from the dreaded Mr Perkins (Curtis Hanson, Harvest of Fear) the father of Troy (Steve Antin, It’s My Party) who has designs on Brands love, Andy (Kerri Green, Blue Flame).
Meanwhile the Family of the Fratelli’s, Mama, (Anne Ramsey, Throw Momma from the Train) Jake (Robert Davi, The Expendables 3) and Francis (Joe Pantoliano, Bad Boys II) are evading the police after Jake broke out of the local prison facility and are now holed up at the abandoned restaurant north of Astoria.
The map and the doubloon lead them to the restaurant and to the Fratelli’s who are carrying around large things wrapped in plastic and there are strange noises coming from the basement (“Sloth”) John Matuszak (Ghost Writer). The Goonies search for a way down below, to the treasures of One Eyed Willy and his devilishly ingenious traps, set to trap even the most professional treasure hunters.
This is possibly the best family adventure film ever made, because once you have shared time with the Goonies you are a member for life.
With oodles of extras for the biggest of fans of the gang this is a must for the Christmas stocking.
“You Boys like tongue?”