Trivia / The Goonies

The film

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Sloth is at one point wearing an Oakland Raiders t-shirt, whom Sloth's actor, John Matuszak used to play for back in the 70's.
    • A director allusion, as a bit of John Williams' theme from Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie plays when Sloth rips open his shirt to reveal the logo.
    • Mikey mentions Michael Jackson going over to Chunk's house in one scene. In real life, Corey Feldman was close friends with the singer and the two later became estranged.
    • At one point in the movie, Mike cries out "Holy Mackenzie!" Sean Astin's brother is Mackenzie Astin.
  • 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.
  • Creator Backlash: Cyndi Lauper had such an unpleasant experience producing "Goonies 'r' Good Enough," first being forced to tack the title of the movie onto the title for publicity and then having Creative Differences with Richard Donner for the music video, that she grew to loath the song. It didn't appear on her compilations until 2003 and she didn't perform it live until a year later. She eventually warmed up to it when she was asked to record a parody of it for the Bob's Burgers episode, "The Belchies."
    • Sean Astin (who played Mikey in The Goonies) has said in a couple interviews that he always regretted everyone's demeanor while making that music video because him, the other child actors, and the crew were all very low-energy and catatonic, giving the impression that none of them wanted to work with Cyndi. In truth, though, everyone loved working with her, and everyone's indifferent attitude was because they had just finished making the film and everyone was exhausted. Astin has said he's wished he could get back in touch with Cyndi to explain all this, as he feels parts of her animosity towards the song had to do with everyone's behavior during filming.
  • The Danza: Some of The Goonies' real-life parents were filmed as their characters' parents in the ending's reunion scene, including Kerri Green's mom and dad, Martha Plimpton's mom and dad, Jeff Cohen's mom, and Corey Feldman's grandmother. All other parents are played by actors.
  • Dawson Casting: Almost completely averted (e.g. 13-year-old Sean Astin as the 13-year-old Mikey), with the exception of teen Jerk Jock Troy played by 26-year-old Steve Antin.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Data at the end saying that the octopus was very scary, which was cut from the final film (although showed up in some television versions).
    • In the end, Stef thanks Mouth for saving her in a scene that was also cut.
    • Another Deleted Scene on the DVD shows the Goonies stopping at a convenience store, where Mikey matches the treasure map to a modern map. Troy comes in and takes the treasure map, then rolls it and lights it like a big cigarette/cigar (nearly burning away the musical notes) just to spite the Goonies. Brand comes to the rescue, chases off Troy, and then tries to take Mikey back home, but they manage to get away.
    • The octopus is referenced in the MAD version (below quote), and given a Discontinuity Nod in LEGO Dimensions.
      Girl: Wow, he must be some big stud! Where is he?
      Boy: You misunderstood! I said I saw two giant tentacles, not... oh, never mind!
  • 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.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • The kids weren't allowed to see the pirate ship until the filming of the scene in which they see it for the first time. Unfortunately, the first take wasn't used, as several of the cast blurted out an unscripted "Holy shit!"
    • Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk, was told that the scene where Sloth picks his chair-tied self up would cut before the actual lift occurred; it obviously didn't, and John Matuszak straight-out picked him up easily, leading to the kid's wails and cry of, "You smell like phys. ed.!"
    • When the Fratelli brothers argue Anne Ramsey really slaps Robert Davi. She was told to hit him as hard as she could.
  • Hostility on the Set:
    • According to his autobiography Corerography, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton did not get along at all.
    • In the commentary, Josh Brolin describes an in-character heated argument between Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano (the Fratelli brothers) as also being accurate regarding their working relationship during filming.
  • Name's the Same: Coincidence or not, one of The Goonies is Brand (Brandon Walsh), played by Josh Brolin. Several years later, in 1990, the same character of Brandon Walsh appeared once again on Beverly Hills, 90210, this time played by Jason Priestley.
  • Orphaned Reference: At the end of the movie, Data tells the news reporters that the "octopus was really scary" which actually refers to a Deleted Scene. Given that Data was likely to make stuff up, this artifact is not really disruptive. The octopus scene is included in the TV version of the movie though.
  • Real-Life Relative: The kids who played the Goonies were allowed to bring some of their families into the final scene where they are reunited.
  • Stillborn Franchise: A sequel was teased for quite a while, but in 2016 Corey Feldman finally told the fans that it probably wouldn't be happening, as Richard Donner was now in his 80s and wouldn't have the energy for the shoot, and none of the old crew wanted to work with another director.
  • Throw It In!: Most of Chunk's confessions (except the fake puke story, alleged to have been based on a prank played by Steven Spielberg as a child in Phoenix) were based on actor Jeff Cohen's life. According to Jeff, it was a different kid who was kicked out of fat camp for pigging out.
  • What Could Have Been: Corey Haim auditioned for Mouth.