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Film: The Goonies
"Goonies never say die!"

The Goonies is one of those ubiquitous films of The Eighties fans hold fond memories of, even today.

A small group of kids living on the "Goon Docks" of Astoria, Oregon are in dire straits: the owners of a local country club have threatened their families' homes with foreclosure so they can finish building a new addition to said country club. On one of their last days in the neighborhood, one of the "goonies", Mikey, discovers a Treasure Map in his attic. The map supposedly reveals where to find the treasure of infamous pirate One-Eyed Willie — and it appears to lead somewhere underneath Astoria. Mikey and the rest of the Goonies decide to try saving their neighborhood by going after the treasure — but to get it, they must outwit a trio of mobsters and survive numerous death traps designed to keep One-Eyed Willie's treasure safe from outsiders.

The Goonies was the brainchild of three well-known directors: Steven Spielberg (executive producer/story), Chris Columbus (screenplay note ), and Richard Donner (director).

In addition to a Novelization, the film also received two licensed video games.


The Goonies contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Kiss: Andy accidentally kissed Mikey instead of Brand when they're under the wishing well. She doesn't know until the end, when she asks Brand where his braces went.
    Andy: Brand, what happened to your braces?
    Brand: I don't wear braces, Mikey wears...*realizes what she's saying*...Mikey! That little...
    Andy: Ssshhh...*kisses him again*
  • Adults Are Useless: When Mikey's mom sees Brand all tied up, instead of freeing him she asks why he can't exercise like a normal kid.
  • Artistic License Geography: The Oregon coast seen in the movie is either on the Washington side of the Columbia River or some two dozen miles to the south. Neither is likely to be accessible to a gang of teens and pre-teens on bicycles.
    • Putting the final scene on the river keeps it within bicycle range, but then Washington would show up on the other side of what would clearly be a River, rather than the ocean.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Data, but it didn't make him any less of a badass when it came to facing danger.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Data.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Mouth screams a curse as he falls down the waterfall into the lagoon where the ship is.
    Mouth: OOOOHHHHHHHHHHH SHHHHIIIIIIIT!!!!!! * splash*
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: The word shit comes up several times. As do references to drugs like cocaine and heroin, and "sexual torture devices".
  • Bat Scare: When Brand removes a rock blocking further passage into the tunnel leading to One-Eyed Willy's hideout, he calls out to see if anybody's there, and a swarm of bats come flying out of the hole, scaring the Goonies.
  • Berserk Button: First when Mouth tells Chunk he has naked pictures of his mom taking a bath, real cheap, forcing Chunk to break the door open. Second, averted, when Chunk accidentally breaks the water cooler he was drinking from when Mouth thought of putting chocolate on the floor so he can eat through. "Okay Mouth, that's all I can stand and I can't stand no more!"
  • Big Eater:
    • Chunk is always eating or hungry in every scene.
    • Sloth has quite an appetite as well, which is how he and Chunk first bond.
    • When the Goonies hear Sloth growling, Stef thought it was his Growling Gut.
  • Bigger Bad: Could be applied to One-Eyed Willy as, having been dead for around 350 years, he plays no direct role in the plot and all that is seen of him is his mortal remains. However the heroes must battle through his traps to reach his treasure and Mikey certainly views their quest as a personal duel between himself and Willy. Also, in his time, Willy was a far greater Big Bad than the Fratellis (he did kill all of his men) and Ma Fratelli seems to regard his corpse with a certain mutual criminal reverence.
    Mikey: Come on One-Eyed Willy, what does this have to do with the map? Is this just another one of your tricks?
    Mikey: We've got you now One-Eyed Willy, we're coming up right behind you!
    Mikey: I made it, I beat you
    Ma Fratelli: Thank you Mr Willy, thank you. You've made my day.
    • Perkins counts, given that he's the reason why the Goonies went on their quest in the first place; he tried to demolish the Goon Docks for a golf course expansion to his nearby country club.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: The Fratellis.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The gangsters are the infamous Fratelli Brothers and their mother. Fratelli means "brothers" in Italian.
  • Blatant Lies: Francis, with his, "I DON'T WEAR A HAIRPIECE!" In the very next scene, when he's fighting with Jake, the toupee flaps right off his head.
    • He took his toupee off when the bats were coming out.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Stef, although it's really just a couple instances of "I can't see a thing"; it's not really played for comedy or anything.
  • Booby Trap: Or, as Data would call them, "Booty Traps". This film is swimming with them.
  • Bowdlerize: Obviously, all instances of the kids swearing is cut when this film airs on television, however it's worth noting, when ABC Family airs this movie, most of Andy's panty shots are cut from the film. In one shot, her minishirt is even digitally painted to cover up her panties!
  • Breaking the Bonds: Sloth pulls his chains right out of the wall to retrieve Chunk's Baby Ruth candybar.
  • Buffy Speak: Mikey (and sometimes his friends) keeps referring to the treasure as One-Eyed Willy's "rich stuff".
  • Bungling Inventor: Data and his father. "You guys I've been saved by my Pinchers of Peril!"
  • Butt Monkey: Chunk.
  • The Cameo: Cyndi Lauper appears as herself, on TV, singing "The Goonies R Good Enough."
  • The Can Kicked Him: Troy is launched into the ceiling of the country club bathroom when the Goonies are fooling around with the Pipe Maze.
  • The Cast Showoff: Jake Fratelli sings Italian opera in a few scenes: "Una furtiva lagrima" from ''L'elisir d'amore'' when feeding Sloth and Madame Butterfly when Chunk flags him down on the road. This was the idea of Robert Davi, who played Jake and trained as an opera singer.
  • Cave Mouth: There is a skull-shaped cave entrance.
  • Censorship by Spelling: "Holy S-H-I-T!"
    • According to Quan, his mom wouldn't allow him to curse in the movie.
  • Chase Scene: The film begins with Jake Fratelli breaking out of jail followed by a car chase.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Sloth's watching of an Errol Flynn film earlier in the film comes in handy at the climax.
    • Andy's piano lessons when she was four.
    • Mouth's fluency in Spanish.
  • Childhood Brain Damage: It's implied that Sloth's deformity was caused by being dropped as a baby. When Ma Fratelli tries to calm him down by singing "Rock-a-bye Baby", Sloth reacts to the line "the cradle will fall" as if it has unearthed Repressed Memories, precipitating his Heel-Face Turn.
    Ma Fratelli: I only dropped you once! Okay, maybe twice!
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Chunk bitches the most about everything that takes place, and is chewed out by every other person in the movie for it.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: One-Eyed Willy and his mates.
  • Conveniently Precise Translation: The treasure map is in Spanish, but when translated into English, it becomes rhyming verse. No one even stops to consider how unusual this is.
  • Counterfeit Cash: "Fifty-dollar bill... Fifty-dollar bill! FIFTY-DOLLAR BILL!!"
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Richard Donner, the director, is one of the guys on the ATVs near the end of the film.
      "Well, I'll be damned, it's them goobers!"
    • Donner's motorhome also appears in a camera shot of Mikey and Brand on their house's patio.
  • Crying Wolf: Chunk.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • This being an 80s movie, pretty much all of the kids had a silver tongue at some point, from Chunk to Data.
    • Hell, Mama Fratelli gets in on this as well:
    Mouth: (pointing at the cup of reddish liquid) It's supposed to be water?
    Fratelli: It's wet, ain't it? Drink it!
    • And later, when the Fratellis find the body of Chester Copperpot.
    Jake: (checking the wallet) Looks like they picked him clean, Ma.
    Mother Fratelli: Sure, right before they ate him.
    Francis: Stupid.
  • Dropped Glasses: Stef drops her glasses and Mikey accidentally steps on them.
  • Durable Death Trap: All those booby traps set by Willie so many years ago still seem to work just fine.
  • DVD Commentary: All of the Goonies reunited many years later for the commentary, alongside Richard Donner. Unfortunately because the commentary recording session started late, Sean Astin had to leave in the middle to attend a function for co-star Joe Pantoliano.
  • Dynamite Candle
  • Ethnic Menial Labor: Rosalita.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • Francis Fratelli makes a passable, if rather high-pitched attempt at one.
    • Sloth has a triumphant Evil Laugh after Mikey pushes the food tray towards him.
  • Evil Matriarch: Mama Fratelli.
  • Eyeless Face: Partially applies to One-Eyed Willy.
  • The Family for the Whole Family: Ma Fratelli and her sons, in this case a literal family fit for the whole family.
  • Fat Camp: One of the things Chunk confesses to when caught by the Fratellis was being sent to a fat camp and getting kicked out for pigging out.
  • Fiction 500: One-Eyed Willy
  • First Kiss: Mikey with Andy.
  • Framed Clue: The Treasure Map.
  • Funny Foreground Event: Brand standing with the others in the attic talking about One-Eyed Willy, and he's apparently more interested in trying to catch a fly or something. During the commentary, Josh Brolin admits he has no idea what he's doing in that scene.
  • Gentle Giant: "Sloth love Chunk!"
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One-Eyed Willy. Other penis jokes in the film are incredibly overt, however.
  • Gold Fever: It's very subtle, but The Goonies do get more irritable and impatient with each other when they reach the ship. Played harshly straight in the backstory with One Eyed Willy and his mates.
  • Good Bad Translation: Just read the subtitles when Mouth "translates" to Rosalita for Mrs. Walsh.
    Rosalita: [in Spanish; subtitled] My God, I'm in a crazy house!
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Rosalita.
  • Groin Attack: Data's "Pinchers of Peril" bite onto Francis Fratelli's groin when they confront him on the pirate ship.
  • The Grotesque: Sloth. He also qualifies as a Gonk.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: "I owe you one."
  • He's Dead, Jim: "It's a STIFF!"
  • Hit You So Hard Your X Will Feel It: Brand threatens Mikey this way he and the other kids tie him to a chair:
    Brand: I am going to hit all of you so hard that when you wake up, your clothes will be out of style!
  • Homemade Inventions: The gadgets made by Data and his father.
  • How Much Did You Hear?: Mikey to the other Goonies.
    Mikey: How long have you guys been standing there?
    • Ma Fratelli to the Goonies.
    Ma Fratelli: How long you boys been at that window?
    Mouth: Long enough to see you need about 400 Roach Motels in this place.
  • Huddle Shot
  • Hulk Speak: Sloth. "Sloth love Chunk!"
  • Human Resources: Many of the traps or their triggers are built of human bones, including (somehow) the pipe organ.
  • Humiliation Conga: In the Novelization, the Goonies do more than just save their homes. There's enough money from the treasure left over that they buy the country club and then raze it, putting in a new museum, affordable housing, and other buildings.
  • Hyper Awareness: Simply by smelling them, Chunk can tell what toppings are on a pizza, the same goes for ice cream flavors in a locked freezer.
  • I'll Kill You!: Mikey does this when his brother Brandon (AKA: Brand) calls him an "adopted wuss".
    Mikey: I'm no adopted wuss! I'll kill you, Brand!
  • Impossible Mission Collapse: A very fast acting example occurs near the end:
    Andy: What about the Fratellis?
    Stef: Yeah, those creeps are still after us!
    Mikey: I have an idea. I saw this in an old Hardy Boys episode. We leave a trail of gems leading into one cave while we hide out in another. And when they go into that cave, we'll make a run for it.
    Mama Fratelli: Now, that sounds like a great idea!
  • Jerk Jock: Troy.
  • Kick the Dog: Troy driving Brand off the road while he's on the child-sized bike. Just for talking to his girl Andy.
  • The Klutz: Chunk. Mikey even uses Chunk's clumsiness to break the Treasure Map from its frame. "What'd you break this time, Chunk?"
  • Leave Your Quest Test: When Troy offers the Goonies rescue via the well.
  • Lighthouse Point: Where the entrance to the caves is located.
  • Load-Bearing Hero: Sloth holds up a boulder to let the Goonies escape.
  • MAD: Goofies - in which there are six kids in the gang rather than seven (Stef is absent for some reason; presumably Martha Plimpton wouldn't allow her likeness to be used).
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Sloth, in this case in the Creepy Basement.
  • Malaproper: Mrs. Walsh, Mikey Walsh, Data... Both Mikey and Data are called out on when they mention "booty traps".
    • In fact, Brand is the only member of the Walsh clan that doesn't do this.
    Mrs. Walsh: Brandon, don't you come home without your brother, or I'll commit Hare Krishna!
    Brandon: That's "Hara Kiri", ma.
    Mrs. Walsh: That is exactly what I said!
  • Memetic Mutation: HEY YOU GUYYYYYYYYYYS!!!
  • Metaphor Is My Middle Name: Mouth invokes this.
    Mrs. Walsh: You are so fluent in Spanish. That was so nice of you.
    Mouth: "Nice" is my middle name, Mrs. Walsh.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: See Rousing Speech.
  • Mistaken Confession: "Okay! I'll talk!"
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. The gang stops to go to "the little boys' room" and "the little girls' room", though Brand elects to go to the "men's room".
  • Not So Different:
    • Mike and One-Eyed Willie both have a fondness for Rube Goldberg devices (some are remarkably similar; Mikey's starts with a bowling ball and Willie's starts with a cannonball). Also, Mikey and Willie both have disabilities, Mikey with his asthma and Willie's one eye. To make it even more obvious, the Novelization says that Willie had asthma, too.
    • Chunk discovers that Sloth also has a love for sweet things, especially chocolate.
  • Oh, Crap: The Fratellis' reaction when Sloth reveals his Superman shirt.
    • Chunk's reaction when he sees the ORV with bullet holes parked in the garage of the old restaurant. The same ORV he saw being chased by the police earlier in the film.
  • Oil Slick: Data's "Slick Shoes" invention is essentially the vehicular version in a shoe-sized package. He successfully applies it to a mast that crosses a river while being chased by the villains.
  • One-Liner: When Andy worries that Chunk might be dead, Mike retorts with, "Goonies never say die!" and continues his Rousing Speech.
  • Only Smart People May Pass: The Goonies are tested by various booby traps, the most memorable a musical riddle.
  • The Other Rainforest: Set and filmed in Astoria, Oregon. How a Spanish Main-era pirate got there is anyone's guess
  • Panty Shot: Andy in several scenes. Most notably where she falls off the ship's plank into the lagoon.
  • Pet the Dog: Mikey gives Sloth his food, but runs away after seeing his face.
  • Pipe Maze: They run into one of these underground. Banging on the pipes to make noise ends up causing chaos for the country club above them. Sloth causes even more trouble when he pushes a pipe upwards, apparently leading to a traffic accident above.
  • Pirate: One-Eyed Willy.
  • Pirate Booty: The ship is full of it.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Mikey after being accidentally kissed by Andy.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: The corpse in the freezer was shot in the head, yet the bullethole is so tiny and clean that it looks more like the Fratellis whacked him by putting a cigarette out on his forehead. No exit wound, either.
  • Product Placement: Chunk is all over the product placement, famously befriending Sloth with a Baby Ruth candy bar. Pepsi makes several label-out appearances, also Domino's Pizza, and others. The Jeep Cherokee comes out looking real good too.
    • Mikey reads MAD, which was and is co-owned with Warner Bros. . They did a parody anyway.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "There will be no more SIGNING! TODAY! OR EVER! AGAIN!"
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Troy and Brand, respectively, for Andy.
  • Rube Goldberg Device:
    • The gate opener at Mikey's house.
    • A number of the booby traps.
    • And the device that collapses the cave and frees the ship at the end.
  • Rousing Speech: Mikey's speech convinces the Goonies to continue following the Treasure Map after the Jerk Jock offers them a chance to be rescued.
    Mikey: Chester Copperpot! Don't you guys see? Don't you realize? He was a pro and he never made it this far! Look how far we've come. We've got a chance!
  • Running Gag: A character will mispronounce something, another character will supply the correct word and the first character will claim that's what they said.
  • Saving the Orphanage: If by orphanage you mean "Goon Docks", then yes, this is the motivating factor behind the adventure.
  • Ship Tease: Between Mouth and Stef. A whole damn lot of it.
    • The exchange they have in the deleted convenience store scene just reeks of Foe Yay:
    Stef: You still smell like a plumber's son.
    Mouth: And you still smell like a fisherman's daughter.
  • Shipshape Shipwreck: One-Eyed Willie's 350-year-old pirate ship actually sails out onto the open seas at the end. While the ship is not submerged, it has been sitting in water for three centuries in a wet, brackish cavern with lots of moisture dripping from stalactites. Aside from the skeleton of Willie, the ship and even its sails appear to be in fairly good condition.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Superman, one of director Richard Donner's previous films. A few notes from the famous theme are played when Sloth reveals he's wearing a Superman T-shirt.
    • "Just like that last prank about all those little creatures that multiply when you throw water at them."
    • Sloth is first seen wearing a Los Angeles Raiders T-shirt (when the film was shot, the Raiders were based in LA. They have since moved back to Oakland). John Matuszak, who portrayed Sloth, formerly played for the Raiders.
    • Sloth's "Hey you guys!" is a literal Shout-Out to Rita Moreno's famous intro in The Electric Company.
    • Mouth imitates Groucho Marx using his comb in place of a cigar when he delivers the "You wouldn't be here if it wasn't" line.
  • Slippery Skid: Data's "Slick Shoes" lead to some nut-crunching acrobatics by the Fratelli brothers.
  • Songs in the Key of Lock: The pipe organ.
  • Ten-Second Flashlight: A non-video-game example: Data activates his "Bully Blinders" because nobody else brought a flashlight to the cave. While the intense light does indeed blind the rest of the gang for a few moments, it also burns out the batteries just as quickly.
  • Tentative Light
  • Third-Person Person: Sloth. Also Data, occasionally.
    Data: Data's okay. But Data's tired of falling and Data's tired of skeletons.
  • This Way to Certain Death: The characters run across the long-dead body of treasure hunter Chester Copperpot in their search for One-Eyed Willy's ship. Some of them want to turn back, but Mikey convinces them that this is a good sign, because it means that they're on the right track, and they have already got farther than a professional treasure hunter.
  • Token Good Teammate / White Sheep: Sloth is the only kind-hearted Fratelli.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Steph and Andy.
  • Treasure Map
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: Data has them, and despite his fellow Goonies' skepticism, they come in handy.
    Mouth and Mikey: Slick Shoes? Are you crazy?!
  • Trolling Translator: Mrs. Walsh asks Mouth, who can speak Spanish, to translate her instructions to Rosalita, who doesn't know any English.
    Mrs. Walsh: Mrs. Walsh: Pants and shirts are in the second. Just throw them all into cardboard boxes. Forget the suitcases. Clark, can you translate all of that?
    Mouth: Why certainly, Mrs. Walsh.
    Mrs. Walsh: That's wonderful.
    Mouth: (to Rosalita, in Spanish) The marijuana goes in the top drawer. The cocaine and speed in the second. The heroin in the bottom. Always separate the drugs.
    Mrs. Walsh: Now Rosalita, this is the attic. Mr. Walsh doesn't like anybody up here, ever. That's why it's always open.
    Mouth: (in Spanish) Never go up there. It's filled with Mr. Walsh's sexual torture devices.
    Mrs. Walsh: This is my supply closet. You'll find everything you need: brooms, dustpans, insect spray. I would really like the house clean when they tear it down. Clark, can you translate?
    Mouth: (in Spanish) If you do a bad job you'll be locked in here with the cockroaches, for two weeks without food and water.
    Mrs. Walsh: Okay, Rosie? Okay? You're going to be very happy here. Come on, Clark, we've got much more to do. You're so fluent in languages!
    Rosalita: (in Spanish) My God, I'm in a crazy house!
  • Undead Author: According to the legend, One-Eyed Willie killed off all of his men after making the map; when asked how the map and story got out, Mikey comments that he asked his dad this too, and his dad said one of them must have escaped. The scene of the crime seems to imply that Willie and his top officers all killed each other off fighting over the treasure at the table.
    Mikey: I know how these guys must have died. What a mess.
  • The Unfavourite: Mama favors Francis over Jake.
    Jake: You always take his side, Mama. You always liked him better than me.
    Mama: (Smacks Jake) That's right!
  • Vomit Chain Reaction: Chunk claims he accidentally started one in a movie theater as a result of a practical joke involving fake puke. He admits he felt bad for doing it.
  • Walk the Plank: Mama Fratelli makes Andy walk the plank off the pirate ship.
  • Workplace-Acquired Abilities: Andy is able to save her friends from a deadly trap on account of the fact she took piano lessons when she was four years old.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: Treasure hunter Chester Copperpot got killed by the first pirate booby trap he encountered. The Goonies decide to be inspired by the fact that they've made it farther than the expert.
  • Worthy Opponent: Mikey very much treats One-Eyed Willy this way. And in an odd way, when Mikey warns the others not to take the treasure from the scales because "that's Willy's", the following reaction shot of his skeleton almost seems to suggest he respected Mikey for understanding that.
    • It could also suggest Willy's relieved because touching his treasure from the scales would set up another booby trap.
  • Zillion-Dollar Bill: One-Eyed Willy's treasure. Most of the treasure is lost completely, but the handful of gems that Mikey holds onto is enough to save the Goon Docks from being turned into a country club. (One flawless two-caret Burmese ruby is valued at more than fifty thousand dollars.)
    • Once the ship makes its escape to sea, you could assume a salvage convoy would bring it back in within a couple days and get a massive finder's fee for the Goonies. And besides that, when Mikey brings the jewels off the ship, he hasn't just laid claim to a few pretty rocks — under US and international maritime salvage law, the rights to a salvage vessel and its contents go to the person(s) who first successfully salvage something from a vessel. Since Mikey was that person for One-Eyed Willy's ship, the ship and everything on it is rightfully his.
    • In the Novelization, the results of the adventure result in enough funds — even after everyone pays off their leases — to not only buy the (now-unfinishable and worthless) country club and raze it to build affordable housing, but add numerous local fixtures (such as a brand new museum for Mikey's dad to chair).

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