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The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film co-produced and directed by Richard Donner from a screenplay by Chris Columbus, based on a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. In the film, a band of children attempt to save their homes from foreclosure and, in doing so, they discover an old treasure map that takes them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. During the adventure, they are chased by a family of criminals who want the treasure for themselves.

The cage of the chicken in the gate opening Rube Goldberg machine bears a short text: "RUBE G. 83".

Plot

Facing foreclosure of their homes in the Goon Docks area of Astoria, Oregon, to an expanding country club, a group of children who call themselves "the Goonies" gather for a final weekend together. The Goonies include optimist lead Goonie Mikey Walsh, his older brother Brandon, the inventive Data, the talkative Mouth, and the overweight klutz Chunk.

Rummaging through the Walshes' attic, they come across a 1632 doubloon and an old treasure map purporting to lead to the treasure of legendary pirate “One-Eyed Willy” believed to be located somewhere nearby. Mikey considers “One-Eyed Willy” to be the original "Goonie." The kids evade Brandon and make their way to an abandoned restaurant on the coast that coincides with the map; Brandon soon follows alongside Andy, a cheerleader with a crush on him; and Stef, Andy's friend. The group quickly discovers the derelict restaurant is a hideout of the Fratelli crime family: Francis, Jake, and their mother Mama. The Goonies find a tunnel in the basement and follow it, but Chunk is abducted by the assailant and imprisoned with their hulking, deformed younger brother Sloth. The Fratellis interrogate Chunk until he reveals where the Goonies have gone, and begin pursuit. Chunk is left behind with Sloth but befriends him. After Sloth frees both of them, Chunk calls the Sheriff and he and Sloth follow the Fratellis.

The Goonies evade several deadly booby traps along the tunnels while staying ahead of the Fratellis. Finally, they reach the grotto where Willy's pirate ship, the Inferno, is anchored. The group discovers the ship is filled with treasure and they start filling their pockets, but Mikey warns them not to take any on a set of scales in front of Willy, considering that to be their tribute to him. As they leave the ship, the assailants appear and strip them of their loot. They make the Goonies walk the plank until Chunk arrives with Sloth and distracts the Fratellis long enough for the Goonies to jump overboard. The Fratellis proceed to grab all the treasure they can, including those on Willy's scales; this triggers another booby trap that causes the grotto to cave in. With Sloth's help, the Goonies and Fratellis barely escape.

The two groups emerge on Astoria's beach, where they reunite with the Goonies' families and the police. The Fratellis are arrested, but Chunk prevents Sloth from also being taken; he invites Sloth to live with him, which he accepts. As the kids describe their adventure to their parents, the Walshes’ housekeeper, Rosalita discovers that Mikey's marble bag is filled with gems he took from the ship and had not been seized by the Fratellis. Mikey's father triumphantly rips up the foreclosure papers, declaring they have enough money to negate the foreclosure. As the Goonies celebrate, they see the Inferno, having broken free of the grotto, sailing off on its own in the distance.

Cast

  • Sean Astin as Michael "Mikey" Walsh, the asthmatic leader of the Goonies
  • Josh Brolin as Brandon "Brand" Walsh, a high school athlete and Mikey's older brother and minder
  • Jeff Cohen as Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen, a clumsy, gluttonous member of the Goonies and habitual fabulist
  • Corey Feldman as Clark "Mouth" Devereaux, a Goonie nicknamed for his cheeky tongue
  • Jonathan Ke Huy Quan as Richard "Data" Wang, a James Bond fanatic and amateur gadgeteer Goonie
  • Kerri Green as Andrea Theresa "Andy" Carmichael, a high school cheerleader and Brand's love interest
  • Martha Plimpton as Stephanie "Stef" Steinbrenner, Andy's best friend
  • John Matuszak as Lotney "Sloth" Fratelli, the deformed and abused, but child-hearted son of the Fratelli family
  • Anne Ramsey as Mama Fratelli, an Italian-born crime matriarch
  • Robert Davi as Jake Fratelli, Mama Fratelli's son and a counterfeiter
  • Joe Pantoliano as Francis Fratelli, Mama Fratelli's son
  • Mary Ellen Trainor as Irene Walsh, Mikey and Brand's fussy mother
  • Keith Walker as Irving Walsh, Mikey and Brand's father and a curator at the local history museum
  • Steve Antin as Troy Perkins, the spoiled son of the Astoria Country Club's millionaire owner
  • Lupe Ontiveros as Rosalita, the Walsh family's Mexican housekeeper
  • Michael Paul Chan as Mr. Wang, Data's father
  • Charles McDaniel as Mr. Cohen, Chunk's father
  • Paul Tuerpe as the Sheriff
  • George Robotham as Prison Guard

Director Richard Donner makes a cameo appearance as a sheriff's deputy.



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