Trivia / The Goonies

The film

  • Absentee Actor: In the MAD satire "Goofies," Stef never appears.
    • Kerri Green (Andy) is not in Cyndi Lauper's "Good Enough" music video, as she was busy starting work on the film Lucas.
  • 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.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The novelization extends the story further and reveals details not shown in the film.
    • One-Eyed Willy (real name William B. Pordobel) was originally a jester who got kicked out of multiple Spanish courts for being too vulgar, so he turned to piracy.
    • Brand is claustrophobic, which Mikey first experienced when they got trapped in an elevator. Being in the caves triggers a relapse.
    • A series of excerpts from the local newspaper reveals what happens after the Goonies save the Goon Docks, such as the country club getting bought out by Mikey's father, the fate of the Fratellis as they are sent back to prison, and Sloth adapting to his new life as a member of Chunk's family.
  • 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.
  • The Danza: The Goonies' real parents — except for Mikey's and Brand's, of course — were filmed as their characters' parents in the ending's reunion scene.
  • 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.
    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.!"
  • Retroactive Recognition: Sean Astin and Josh Brolin are one thing, but the two Fratelli boys that aren't Sloth, Joe Pantoliano and Robert Davi, are significantly bigger names now.
  • Throw It In: Most of Chunk's confessions (except the fake puke story) 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: 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.