‘The Goonies’ is the ultimate treasure hunt


We’re going back to the 80s for this week’s “Throwback Thursday” with a Steven Spielberg classic “The Goonies.”

I would have to say this movie is my favorite by far from that decade. It’s got teenage hijinx, lots of puzzles to solve, pirates and treasure! As a kid watching this movie I always envisioned myself going on a crazy adventure, solving puzzles and avoiding booby traps to get to a massive treasure just like this one.

The movie came out in 1985 and was directed by Richard Donner with a screenplay by Chris Columbus all based on a story by Spielberg.

The film takes place in Astoria, Oregon where a group of neighborhood kids are about to be forced from their homes in the “Goon Docks.” The foreclosures are due to an expanding country club which wants to bulldoze the properties for their own financial gain.

The “Goonies” as they call themselves gather for their last weekend together, all of them bummed that they’re being forced apart. There’s the ever optimistic Mikey Walsh (Sean Astin), talkative Mouth (Corey Feldman), always inventive Data (Ke Huy Quan) and major clutz and funny guy Chunk (Jeff Cohen).

PHOTO PROVIDED From left, Mikey (Sean Astin), Andy (Kerri Green), Data (Ke Huy Quan), Brandon (Josh Brolin), Stef (Martha Plimpton) and Mouth (Corey Feldman) are pictured in a still from the movie.

While going through the Walsh’s attic the group discovers a doubloon from 1632 and an old treasure map. Mikey immediately recognizes the map and tells the tale of famed pirate “One Eyed” Willy who hoarded thousands of dollars worth of treasure… allegedly somewhere near the town of Astoria.

This launches the kids on an adventure of a lifetime as they attempt to hunt down the treasure in an effort to save the Goon Docks. Along the way they receive help from Mikey’s older brother Brandon (Josh Brolin) who reluctantly follows the kids in an effort keep them safe; Brandon’s cheerleader crush Andy (Kerri Green) and her friend Stef (Martha Plimpton).

Of course the kids aren’t the only ones in search of the treasure. Hot on their tales are the Fratelli crime family of Francis (Joe Pantoliano), Jake (Robert Davi) and their intimidating mother Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey).

I feel like this film holds up really well even by today’s standards. There are some questionable moments but the effects and storyline work well. Not to mention it features so many stars that would go on to become household names such as Astin and Brolin.

I think every kid and even some adults dream of going on a pirate ship sized adventure like the Goonies do, solving riddles, expertly avoiding near death experiences and solving a centuries old mystery all with your buddies.

Maybe you won’t ever get that chance, but you can experience it through they eyes of these kids this weekend.

“The Goonies” is rated PG and can be rented from YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes and Amazon Prime for $3.99. Not a bad cost for such a fun and suspenseful adventure!


Laura Jameson is a staff reporter for The Express.


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