This was a great movie about a group of kids who find a treasure map and believe it to be real even though some had their doubts. Nevertheless, they still managed to follow the map to the treasure and ultimately helped to save their friend’s home from foreclosure. During which time, they found out more about themselves than any of them ever expected. Now, let’s find out some more facts about this movie to shed more light on our favorite film of all time:
1. It was mostly shot on location.
The movie took 5 months to shoot on location in Astoria, Oregon, and only a few other locations, like the tunnels and the cave where they found One-Eyed Willy’s pirate ship were done on a massive stage in Burbank, California.
2. It was Josh Brolin’s movie debut.
He played the character Brand and he later went on to star in other films including ‘Milk’ in which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
3. Brand was accidentally called Brolin.
During one scene, Sean Astin (who played Mikey) accidentally called Josh Brolin by his actual name in the scene after Chunk breaks the water cooler in the basement of the restaurant.
4. Chunk is still in the business.
Jeff Cohen played the character Chunk and it was his only live-action feature film role to date. He later pursued a law degree and is now a partner at an entertainment law firm.
5. Sean Astin kind of improvised his One-Eyed Willy speech.
Basically, Sean was told the entire story and was asked to re-tell it to the best of his ability with the cameras rolling which captured a more naturalistic performance.
6. The treasure map had real blood on it.
The map that was created was thought to look too new and so the production designer, J. Michael Riva, spent some time aging it to make it look over 300 years by pouring coffee on it and he also wanted to add some prop blood but they were out and so he cut his own finger and dripped some real blood around the edges.
7. Sloth was a real tough guy.
John Matuszak was the first overall pick in the 1973 NFL draft and even won two Super Bowls with the Oakland Raiders before becoming an actor. He is even seen wearing a Raiders t-shirt at the beginning of the movie.
8. Sloth’s Superman shirt was all about the director!
Director, Richard Donner, also directed the infamous ‘Superman: The Movie’ in 1978.
9. Matuszak took a long time to become his character Sloth.
It took makeup artists five hours every morning to transform him into the character.
10. Sloth’s favorite movie.
The movie he was watching when he was chained up was 1935 Errol Flynn adventure ‘Captain Blood’.
11. The Fratellis were big opera fans.
Jake Fratelli sings a song to Sloth from Giacomo Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.”
12. Chester Copperpot was almost in ‘Superman’.
The photo of Chester Copperpot is alleged of American actor Keenan Wynn who was originally cast as Perry White in ‘Superman’ movie before quitting due to exhaustion.
13. The bats in the caves were done using some cool movie tricks!
They were actually bowties with wads of black paper mache blown out of air cannons.
14. This movie references another popular movie, ‘Gremlins’.
Remember when the police officer is talking to Chunk on the phones and recalls one of Chunk’s stories about “little creatures that multiply when you pour water on them”? Well, Steven Spielberg was an executive producer on both films, and screenwriter Chris Columbus wrote both movies and also, Corey Feldman also plays in both movies.
15. Steven Spielberg directed a few scenes as well.
Not only was he the executive producer but he also directed the scene in which the Goonies bang on the underground pipes and also wishing well scene.
16. Real Slide.
The slide that they ride to get to the cave with One-Eyed Willy’s ship was a real waterslide.
17. The Goonies’ reaction to One-Eyed Willy’s ship was real.
The actors were not allowed on the stage where the full pirate ship was built. When the kids saw it, they were actually seeing it for the first time.
18. He was called Mouth for a reason.
Cory Feldman’s character not only talked a lot but he also managed to fit all the jewels in his mouth in the scene where Mama Fratelli pulls them out, doing it all in one take.
19. Data mentions the deleted octopus scene.
If you listened close, you may have notice that Data mentions that “the octopus was very scary” to the reporters at the end of the movie. However, that scene was deleted from the movie.
20. Goonies Day is June 17th.
The mayor of Astoria, Oregon made this happen in honor of the movie and the town hosts an annual celebration.