THE GOONIES, 1985
Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey
A ruthless crime family, "The Fratellis" have escaped from jail and are now hiding in a town of Astoria, Oregan. Home to the secret kid society known as "The Goonies", Mikey, Mouth, Chunk and Data are enjoying their last weekend together before they neighbourhood gets transformed into a golf course. However, Mikey stumbles upon a mysterious map to a treasure of a famed pirate "One-Eyed" Willie. So, having recruited Mikey’s brother, Brand, his love interest, Andy and her friend, Stef, The Goonies embark on an adventure to find the treasure and save their neighbourhood. But, they soon become involved in a greater plot against the Fratellis, who soon are on the hunt for the treasure. Thus begins the race; the Goonies have to stay one step head of the Fratellis and find the treasure while avoiding a system of traps.
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Having been born in the 90’s (yes, get your laughs out, I’m still a kid...) I came across The Goonies when my older brother purchased the DVD. I used to be the kind of movie-watcher who’d focus on the latest movies being released, so when my brother wrestled me to get me watch it, I had no choice. I can honestly say that my reaction was not what I had expected. I immediately fell in love with the film.
It stars Sean Astin as leader of an eccentric group of kids living in the backblocks of Astoria, Oregan. When their homes are threatened by wealthy businessmen, they come across an old treasure map and begin to search for the gold that can save their beloved lives from being ripped apart.
Admittedly, when it comes to it these days, it’d be difficult to find an old map up in your own attic, but one can always hope. The thing with The Goonies is that it’s more than your basic and goofy treasure hunt. Through the years, it has become a cult, loved by film geeks and movie nerds all around. There was certain ‘oomph’ to The Goonies that stopped it from simply being forgotten on VHS Tape and propelled into a film that is remembered and loved worldwide. There are people all around who dislike The Goonies for its goofy characters, predictable plotline and sharp cuts, but the fans will hardly be dissuaded.