The Goonies Review
7 June 1985
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
The Pirate ship
… was entirely real. All the shots were filmed in the ship. After the film, it was offered to anyone who would take it. No one wanted it, so the ship was scrapped.
The cast was not allowed to see the pirate ship
…before the scene was shot, as director Richard Donner wanted to catch their genuine reactions at the size and scope of it. When they did see it, Josh Brolin was so surprised that he exclaimed “Holy shit!” The scene had to be re-shot.
One Eyed Willie’s ship
, The Inferno, was 105 feet long and took 2-1/2 months to construct. It was modeled after Errol Flynn’s ship in The Sea Hawk (1940). The sails required more than than 7,000 square feet of material, the largest measured 30ft by 60ft. Some of the ship’s rigging was recycled for the Pirates of the Caribbean ship at Disneyland, which was being renovated at the time.
June 7th was officially declared “Goonies Day” by the Mayor of Astoria (where the movie was filmed) during the 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2010.
John Matuszak’s make-up
..took 5 hours to complete. One of the eyes (which was out of place on the face) was mechanically operated off-screen by remote control. Someone would count down, and Matuszak would blink his other eye in synchronization. The cast was told not to get him wet in scenes outside of the pirate ship. Unfortunately, he got wet, delaying filming for an entire day.
Easter Egg to movie Gremlins
The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus, who also wrote Gremlins (1984). There is an Easter egg to Gremlins (1984). When Chunk calls the police, the officer says, “[This call] is like the prank about creatures that multiply when you throw water on them.”
In the storybook of the film
, there was a scene, that was not in the film. Mikey, Mouth, Brand, Data, Andi and Stef discover a room with a dangling skeleton in a pirate’s costume. The Goonies had to tickle the skeleton’s elbow, which would point to one of three tunnels, where they must go. Stef tickles the skeleton’s elbow and it points to the middle cave and The Goonies continue the search for One-Eyed Willy’s treasure.
When Sloth rips off his outer shirt, he reveals a Superman t-shirt, accompanied by the John Williams Superman theme.. Director Richard Donner directed Superman (1978) and parts of Superman II (1980).
“LEGO Dimensions – The Goonies Level Pack”
In 2017, a LEGO Dimensions video game of the film for PS4 “LEGO Dimensions – The Goonies Level Pack” was released. In the trailer for the game, Excalibur Batman tells the story of “The Goonies” and is seen giving Sloth a Batman costume and is seen playing on the bone piano. In the game, Chunk and Sloth set off into the caves and go after the other Goonies and The Frattelli’s whom are searching for One-Eyed Willy’s ship.
According to international maritime salvage law
, the rights to a salvage vessel and its contents go to the person or persons who first successfully brings something off the vessel in question. Since Mikey brought the jewels off the ship, the Inferno and everything on it belongs to him.
The kids who played the Goonies were allowed to bring some of their families into the final scene where they are reunited
RT/Meta Critic Review
“The Goonies” is the kind of hyperactive peril-packed movie young audiences can’t resist.