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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I know there are many sad individuals out there who completely missed the boat on The Goonies and that’s fine. I’ve spoken with many of them and there’s something about watching the movie after you get your driver’s license that makes them look at all of us normal people who love it like a dog when he hears a dog whistle.

Thankfully most of us don’t suffer from such a sad condition and can look at today’s picture and grin from ear to ear. It is Sloth posing with the folks from The Burman Studio, who conceived and applied the makeup. Oh, and a bushy-haired hippie producer snuck into the shot, too. I forgot his name. Shawn or Slevin Spineberg or something.

Thanks to Dimitar Dimitrov and the PEG for this shot. Click to enlargen!



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Tomorrow’s pic hits you one more time.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Baby Ruth.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Close Enough To "First" As I Care To Get

    by KingDingaLing

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    The quintessential summer adventure flick

    by Crobran

    Easily one of my top favorite childhood movies.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Heyyyyyy You Guyyyyyyyyyys!

    by MasterControlProgram

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    ...and they just don't make them quite like this anymore

    by Crobran

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    -- End of Line --

    by MasterControlProgram

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Sounds like my grandpa taking a leak.

    by Crobran

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    A musical error in this movie

    by Crobran

    When they're getting close to the end, and she has to play the bone organ, she says that she can't tell if a note is A# or Bb. It's the same note. Now, maybe it was supposed to be a joke, but the scene plays like that's meant to be a tense moment, because if she messes up again, they're all dead.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    I'm one of those sad individuals.

    by Stephen

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    "We'll All B Flat" Get It? HuH?

    by KingDingaLing

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    that's all

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Hey Mikeeeey gotta go to bathrooooom!?

    by JediRob

    Sounds like Kong.

  • Not only do we have Sloth, but... Jesus, look at Spielberg's hair! I love seeing old interviews and bts pics from the 80's. So many cheesy hair styles.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Is that not Donner and his wife on the right?

    by schlockthemonkey

    Richard Donner and Lauren Schuler ?

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

    therawbeatsdotcom - Me too! Wow

    by schlockthemonkey

    thats funny... Can't count the times during the mid to late 80s where I watched those two movies as a double feature.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Wasn't there a squid?

    by Nuck81

    Did there used to be one? I thought I remembered something like that from the old Betamax, but have never seen it. Foggy childhood memories?

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    For whatever reason I just never liked this movie...

    by skelly

    I was 14 when it came out and should have been crazy about it but I just sat there bored and annoyed. Everyone yells their lines. I found it irritating as hell.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Yeah, pretty sure those are the Donners

    by Toe Jam

    Spielberg looks like David Koresh in this photo.

  • Even Spielberg himself doesn't make movies this way anymore. He's gotten too slick, too practiced, too polished, and too used to creating massive blockbusters with all the technology in the world at his disposal... which isn't always a good thing. Movies have become so much a streamlined process that all of the feeling of imperfection have vanished. Spielberg is a technically BETTER director now than then - he's much more experienced - but it was that untrained, younger director's eye and that he was forced to imagine and try new things as he went along that MADE the earlier films feel like they had life breathed into them. If that makes any sense. Just how I see it, anyway. i just don't get that same FEELING when I watch modern movies. They're TOO clean, TOO refined. Even when they TRY to go for a grittier, more imperfect look, you can always sense that it was intentional and not just what it was. If he had never made Jurassic Park in 1993 and made it instead now...i really dont think it would have quite the charm and touch of youthfulness and naivety to it. It wouldnt be the same movie, even if he were to shoot it based on the same script. CGI gives too much freedom. The rest is just that the industry has become a factory for creating 100 mil + blockbusters and no longer exists in the way it did in the 80s and 70s.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by Lucky13

    14 might have been a bit 'old' to really enjoy the movie. I was 5-6 when it hit video, and it rocked my world. I love displaying my collector's edition BD at home --- they just don't make 'em like this anymore.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 1:24 a.m. CST

    wcolbert --

    by Lucky13

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    whoops -- * wcolbert --

    by Lucky13

    I definitely agree.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Dude, that's Mel Gibson

    by Last_of_the_Emurites

    Spielberg has the hair and clothes that Mel Gibson dons in the first "Lethal Weapon" movie. Seriously! They so are uncanny it's awesome! :)

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Gawddamn I can't stand this movie

    by Cassius_Crackhead

    All those obnoxious yelling kids. Jesus. I'd rather be raped with a kitchen utensil than try to sit through that shit again. Surely I'm not the only one...?

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    I only dropped you once!

    by Mondo_dismo

    Well maybe twice.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:31 a.m. CST



    I completely agree. The movie never captured my imagination in 85 and it does absolutely nothing for me now. It's so contrived, not funny, has no decent action scenes and is an irritating bore. In fact, the ONLY positive thing about it for me was the Cyndi Lauper song, and that's a cheesy piece of shit.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Yeah..and how many times was the phrase "you guys" used?

    by Cassius_Crackhead

    I lost count after it hit 200 or so. This movie is everything I hate about Spielberg all wrapped up in one conveniently over-produced saccahrine loud-mouthed shitball of a movie. I'm not trying to be a troll here...I just really really fucking hate this movie. OK. I feel better now. A little, anyway.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:50 a.m. CST

    nuck81 - Squid

    by DonLogan

    I'm English, there was no squid in the Goonies I ever saw although at the end the kids mention something about it to the cops and their parents. I did have a 'making of' book which had a picture of Feldman & Plimpton and some tentacles. I saw it on TV in the States years later and I'm sure that scene was in the film.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 3:16 a.m. CST

    I still think Duchovny could play Speilberg

    by tangcameo

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST

    There is a squid sequence

    by James

    and it's not very good, so it was thankfully cut. They showed it in TV edits, though.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Remember waiting for Part 2 of the Cyndi Lauper theme music video?

    by tangcameo

    Up here, without MTV at the time, we had to wait for the afternoon video show to finally stop teasing us and play the second part of the Goonies music video after playing the first part ad nauseum.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Donners in photograph...

    by Sean Houlihan

    I'm not sure if that is Lauren Donner, but Richard Donner is definitely not in the photograph. He actually had a cameo in the Goonies, so you know what he looked like during this time period; he played one of the police officers on the quads at the end of the movie who find the Goonies on the beach. I think he has a line like, "It's them Goobers, whole lot of them," or something like that.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 3:39 a.m. CST

    I LOVED The Goonies as a kid


    I was 4 when it came out but it was probably at least a few years before I seen it. I had it on original VHS and watched it a lot. All of my friends had recorded it off the TV and here in England they didn't include the subtitles for the Spanish that Mouth speaks to Rosalitta in the TV edit. My VHS did have them, I memorised them so I could tell everyone what he was saying. I thought I was amazing for knowing what he was saying ha. I held off watching it with my son for years incase it disappointed me when I seen it as an adult. A friend from work used to ask me "so have you showed the boy The Goonies yet?" At least every coulple of weeks. He's seen it now and he likes it too

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Yeah, that scene with the bone piano really bugged me too...


    I mean, when she plays it she strikes the same key twice in succession, yet she produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of a... magic piano or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

  • it felt like trying to babysit a room full of kids who won't shut up. I still think its a great movie, but I have trouble enjoying it now as an adult, I'm just going to consign it to happy childhood memory. Saw this movie about 50 times as a kid

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    The octopus scene

    by Rebel Scumb

    this puzzled me for years, because the octopus was in the atari computer game also the scene was shot and then edited out (at least on video, I've only ever seen this movie on vhs), but there is still a line at the end where one of the kids says 'my favorite part was the octopus' When this movie airs on TV though the scene is in it.

  • Those 80's movie kids are so sickly sweet blaahhhh! When the gangsters interrogate chunk - now that was funny! Great picture though.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 5:34 a.m. CST

    I fucking love this film. Especially the villains.

    by Nomoredirtyanything


  • Nov. 30, 2012, 5:45 a.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    There is a guy at my work that just reminds us of Sloth so much - and he is not disabled. We use Sloth voice behind his back but he is kind of an arsehole so it's all good. Funny which movies as kids we loved and others didn't get. LOVED and still love Goonies. Then there is Close Encounters, Indy (ESP Temple),Polterguist and Gremlins original three Star Wars etc. But I FUCKING hate ET. Hated it at 8 years old and hate it today after just enduring it on Blu again. One mans trash etc... Just trying to watch Hook. God he has made his share of shit. This is almost unwatchable. Reaching for the sweet blissful Xanax.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 5:57 a.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    1:18min mark and FUCK ME DEAD Hook is bad. All those gammy wide eyed syrupy kids. CREEPY! Kind of got a post MJ pedo vibe now. ESP after that pedo movie Robin Williams made later. Dustin isn't so bad - I guess. Oh god the manky daughter is singing a tone deaf song suddenly that seems to have nothing to do with nothing. Time to wash another X down with more cheap wine. Will the pain end? What strain of coke were they on when they work shopped Peter - Robin? Robin - Peter. Isn't that the same shitty brat out of Dick Tracy?

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Who is in this picture:

    by Josh Acid

    Top row (l-r): John Matuszak, Tom Burman. Bottom Row (l-r): Det. Martin Riggs, Bari-Dreiband-Burman, Craig Reardon.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    MAD Magazine's parody included the squid scene also

    by bah

    Girl: "Wow, he must be some stud! Where is he?" Josh Brolin: "No, I said I saw a giant TENtacle, not....oh, never mind." That's from memory. Yeah, I loved the movie.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Monster Squad

    by grassh0pperunit

    I was just a little older than most of the kids who grew up loving Monster Squad. I've never met anyone who didn't love Goonies.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    It baffles me how some people HATE this movie

    by Elwood Blues

    That's tantamount to saying you hate delicious food.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Short Round was in this

    by Crobran

    That's what I said! Setting BOOBY traps!!

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    So was Cypher

    by Crobran

    And I was about to say that this was one of Pantoliano's early roles, but then I looked him up on IMDB.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Still haven't seen it

    by cosmic_dolphin

    I was 15 when it came out, so I guess the trailers must have made it seem like a younger kids film. Don't recall any of my friends watching it either....looking back at a list of 1985 I was busy watching Back to The Future ( still one of my all time favourites ) , Fright Night, The Breakfast club , Wierd science etc. I may have to stream it and watch it with my kids, but the trailer looks horrible.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I didn't know Hunter S. Thompson was involved with this flick.

    by Royston Lodge

    Learn somethin' new every day.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Thought my Mom was taking me to see "Ghoulies"

    by Zombieflicker

    I was about 12 or 13, and my mom never ever offered to take us to the movies without us bugging her about it. So I was shocked when she said she wanted to go see "Ghoulies". I found out just before we left that she wanted to see "The Goonies", and I was pissed. I can't remember, but I don't think at the time I had seen a trailer for it, so I knew nothing about it except for the picture in the newspaper. But hey, she was taking us to the movies so I still happily went, and that was probably one of the best movie going experiences I can remember having as a kid. Then a couple of years later after watching "Ghoulies" on VHS, I remember being thankful that we didn't go see that piece of shit instead.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I was about the right age when this film came out..

    by Righteous Brother

    hated it. Just seemed like a rip-off of Indiana Jones with bratty american kids to me.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Watching the film as an adult trying to wipe away any nostalgia

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I have come away with the fact that if it wasn't for the excellent Dave Grusin score, this film would fall flat. That score really elevates the film, and makes it a lot more iconic then it has any right to be.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Sloth and Chunk always seemed very touchy feely.

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Kevin Clash would approve.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    You think Spielberg looks strange without a beard type in

    by Samuel Fulmer

    George lucas without his beard into google and check that shit out.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I still remember collecting the bubble gum cards

    by seasider

    and being intrigued by the Octopus scene and getting into arguments with friends who insisted the Octopus scene never existed. I felt very vindicated when the DVD came out.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Goonies rocks! How can you hate this film?

    by BilboRing

    I was in 5th grade when this movie came out and I loved it. I remember wishing I lived there and used to ride around the neighborhood making believe I was looking for lost treasure. Sloth was/is kind of over-the-top weird and creepy but the entire movie was just amazing. Still is.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by Meathook

    Nice story.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST


    by Etienne72772

    We own the DVD, and you can see the octopus scene in the "behind the scenes" footage on the disk. It is VERY bad, and would have killed the ending if they had left it in. Great movie, btw.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Count me among the original haters.

    by Mostholy

    I was 11 when this came out and was bored by it from the start -- All the kids were loud and yappy and didn't seem at all like anybody I knew. (Granted, I grew up on the East Coast, but still.)

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    DVD Commentary

    by Meathook

    One of the greatest movies of all time, hands down. Watch the original DVD with commentary on. It's the weirdest thing. At one point there's an argument with Sean Astin and some of the others - then after a while you realize you don't see/hear him. (The commentary is picture-in-picture with the cast which was really cool seeing what the cast looks like today. Of course that was close to 10 years ago now and Brolin has been around forever and the ugly chick is the awesome mom on the terribly underrated Raising Hope on Fox). He's gone for about the entire second half of the movie, then someone makes a comment asking where he went, someone else says that he must have gone to the bathroom and laughs it off, then he never comes back. It's just so weird. The filmed the commentary once and that's it. Maybe he really did just go to the bathroom after having some bad Thai for lunch, but it really seems like he got all pissy and left. I have only watched MAYBE a couple of commentaries in my life, and am happy I got to see that one.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Introducing it to kids

    by Meathook

    There's definitely an appropriate time to introduce this to your kids. I met my stepdaughters when they were 5 and 6, now they are 15 and 16 and I introduced it to them very late and they now couldn't care less. It may be that they are girls, but I think I was too cautious introducing them to good movies so now they are mainly only into chick flick garbage - then again the older one loves the Avengers, was Captain America for Halloween (although a female version) and has at a pink Superman shield as a keychain so I must have done something right. Good kids they are. Now I have a two year old and am trying to figure out the best time to introduce her to all of the great movies of all time - especially the '80s stuff - Goonies/Indy/McFly/et al.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    DVD Commentary @ meathook

    by Michael Thompson

    The recording session started late, and Sean had an earlier commitment to introduce friend Joe Pantoliano who was M.C.'ing at a local theatre. Left the recording studio to change clothes, then returned to explain why he had to leave, give a "shout out to Joey Pants," and left an action figure of Sam Gamgee to take his place. However, the departure and explanation were edited out by the DVD producers.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    The Fratellis are based on the Salkinds

    by FlyingToupee

    Ma is Alex, Jake is Ilya, and Francis is Pierre Spengler.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Ahhhh, Keri Green...

    by Nasty In The Pasty of my biggest childhood crushes. She was probably the reason I grew up loving redheads (well, her and April O'Neil). And she still looked AWESOME on the Goonies commentary (granted, that was a dozen years ago).

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Wasn't there supposedly some scene with escaped zoo apes

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Was that just in the original script, or something actually filmed?

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    So this isn't the cast of Godspell?

    by BrandLoyalist

    I thought that was Victor Garber

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Spielberg is thinking:

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Damn, he DOES smell like phys ed!

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Ruth! Ruth! Ruth! Baby? Ruth!

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Eerie choice since I'm in Astoria today.

    by ChesterCopperpot

    I drug my girlfriend 200 miles out of the way so I can make my pilgrimage. So far I bowled a couple games at the LCB Bowling alley (the scene where Chunk presses himself and his milkshake into the window as the Fratellis pass by). I saw the intersection where Rosalita almost gets run over by a car in the opening credits, and the museum where Mr. Walsh works at. Next stop, The Walsh's and Data's house, the county jail where they bust out Jake Fratelli, and then down the coast to Ecola park for the iconic Haystack rock and the fire trail where Mikey almost crashes his bike and their Goonie adventure begins.

  • That joke is a lot funnier almost 30(!) years later...

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    WHEN you wake up...

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • You're welcome.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah? Well this one my MY wish, MY dream...and it didn't come true

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    So now I'm takin' it back...I'm takin' 'em ALL back.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Like it or not, have to admit some scenes are just hilarious yes?

    by Darth Macchio

    Noo! I wanna play the violin!

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    If God had made us like that we'd all be pissing in our faces.

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    BTW, does anyone know when Martin Sheen played John F Kennedy?

    by kindofabigdeal

    I always wondered but was too lazy to IMDB.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    The octopus scene...

    by Essemtee

    Saw it on TV just once. The picture quality was no different than the rest of the film. The Plimpton girl thinks Mouth keeps touching her leg under the water, and accuses him. He's confused. Turns out it's a giant octopus. The kids try to escape the tentacles, then one of the kids (probably Data, I can't remember) pulls out a water-resistant walkman with a built-in speaker, presses play and shoves it into the octopus's beak. The octopus hears the music, starts 'dancing' and shimmies away backwards from the kids.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Sheen Played Kennedy in a TV mini series in '83

    by Xian042

    so there ya go

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    The Octopus scene is preaty common knowledge

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Especially with the DVD with it on there as a bonus being out for 10 years now. Fish monster scene in Willow or the full scene of Ray and Winston at the Fort where Ray gets freaky with the ghost chick, now there's the holy grails of 1980's cinema deleted scenes yet to be released.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    From Ghostbusters.

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    the octopus

    by jesus 2099

    yeah the octopus - at the end of the film i think its data who says 'the octopus was really scary' - the ock was on a bunch of things, the board game, video game, coloring books, etc the scene with the octopus is scary tho for a different reason, because its really bad - after they jump off the ship an octopus comes after one of them. they put a walkman in its mouth and it swims off to what i recall is a bad fake rendition of a michael jackson song or something. but yeah its been on the dvd so you can see it if you want.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    So is tomorrows pic Crossroad starring Britney Spears?

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Booty traps! That's what I said! Booby traps!

    by Darth Macchio

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Also loved Data's personal Bond theme soundtrack...

    by Darth Macchio

    I saw a guy just like data but entirely different at a Necronomicon convention years back... Long scraggily hair, long goat-tee/beard, black eyeliner, with a massive black trenchcoat...he had speakers hidden in his pockets and was playing the main track from "The Omen" OST over and over as he walked around with this very severe look on his face. ie, his own personal soundtrack i'm sure it was meant to be ominous but with data's use of the bond theme in goonies, i just couldn't help but see this wannabe dark & evil guy as an inverse data from goonies, only not as purposely funny.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Gee, TBers complaining about the Goonies now...

    by Jay

    Did you decide to hate this film before or after you whined about the current lack of old school Amblin-style films?

  • The way you phrased it will make some people think you like the movie as a kid then not as an adult, which I don't think is what you were saying.

  • I was working as a production assistant on "HOLLOW MAN" and we had 1 day of reshoots where he and Elizabeth Shue were needed, and I was basically appointed as Josh Brolin's bitch for the day lol (picking him up at home, hanging by his trailer, directing Minnie Driver -- whom he was dating at the time -- to him, etc) and I sorely regret that in all that time, I never once asked him about The Goonies.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    hmmmmm seems AICN is going through menopause

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    cus veryone who saw this as a kid is also

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • It's basically Corey Feldman on cocaine annoying the shit out of the rest of the cast. I swear Sean Astin checks out halfway through due to sheer irritation.

  • When Data hit that mobster in the nuts with a boxing glove on a spring, I thought it was the funniest goddamn thing I'd ever seen. Literally rolled into the aisle and peed myself a bit.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    crisp_one, it's a joke

    by Autodidact

    Being in piano lessons as a kid, I got it.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    Why? What exactly will happen if I do?

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    LOVED this movie as a kid. A LOT . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . funny, we have a home movie of my sister and I the day after we saw it in the theater for the first time. We wouldn't shut up about it and our parents' were so annoyed. My Dad later turned down a job offer in Astoria and never even told us about it til 10 years later. He knew our dumb asses would have begged to move there . . .

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Shia Labeouf in The Company You Keep

    by schlockthemonkey

    Don't think the Trailer was ever posted here on AICN but am I the only who sees how much he looks like young Spielberg in it?

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    meathook... I always wondered if he actually disappeared

    by Autodidact

    Never watched the PIP commentary, just audio.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    slone13, just don't do it.

    by SergeantStedenko

    You have been warned.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    I did it.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Andy's upskirt shots... FIRST!

    by DickBallsworth

    Will watch again!

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    @darth macchio

    by Deceased Fan

    What is a Necronomicon Convention?

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by Darth Macchio

    Yes, it was a Necronomicon Convention. Was that you? (if so, sorry for the hair slight)

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    i agree with the "liked as a kid, not so much now" group

    by shiekybaby

    I tried rewatching this a few years back and realized where it belonged in my braind. with atari 2600 games, cracked magazines, knight rider, and wwf wrestling. loved em then...not so much now.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Oh your question wrong...

    by Darth Macchio

    Thought you asked if it was...not what it is.... It's a big geek media convention with lots of LRPG running around. But it's also got some similarities to Comic-con in that they'll have authors and panels, etc. Tons of cosplay before cosplay was really a thing. Lots of lrpg people with custom made vampire fangs and contacts being chased by Van Helsing types in suits and London Fogs... It crosses over a tiny bit with some of the fetish conventions as well but not overtly so. they have em every year..haven't been in a long time but always had a great time. Strazynski was there one time (im a HUGE babylon 5 fan) and I so wanted to get an autograph and shake the man's hand but the line was like 3 hours long and i just couldn't hack it...

  • Probably the only reason (other then getting to play Super Mario 3 Summer of '89) to play the Shitty Nintendo Playchoice arcade system....oh boy I get 3 minutes to play a fricken NES game for a quarter....woah...I think I'll head over to Midnight Resistance and TMNT instead douches.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Sloth always creeped me out...

    by Dan

    I like the movie welll enough, it was nothing terribly profound, but funny and I loved that town where the kids lived... Like all Spielberg movies- he takes places where the kids live and makes it the best looking place in the world, like Amity, the neighborhood in E.T.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Not the best quality, but here's the octopus scene:

    by Vespalad

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I'll admit, this has a great cast of young actors in it...

    by Danny Boil

    ...and I also had a massive, throbbing crush on K. Green, but as others have said above, the fucking endless screaming was just too much. HATED this movie. And just to piss you all off some more, the Truffle Shuffle thing? Not funny. Very annoying.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    So what is at the gooniefan website? Is it porn?

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    @darth macchio. Cool thx.

    by Deceased Fan

    Too bad about JMS.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    No director owned a decade

    by DougMcKenzie

    Like Spielberg owned the 80s. That man was a industry titan you will never see the likes of again (mainly due to the rampant corporatism now that favors easily replaceable conformity and predictability). DeMille owned the 50s. Blake Edwards owned the 60s. Coppola owned the 70s. Spielberg the 80s. No decades owned since.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I think the 70's was divided amongst the indy directors at that time.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Coppola, Scorsese, Leone, and topped off with Lucas' game changer at the end.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    by kevin_costners_recycled_piss : you wins this talkback...

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    Hell, with that perfect reference you win every talkback. <<< slow clap >>>

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    James Cameron almost owned the 90s

    by Autodidact

    He just needed to be a bit more prolific, or replace TRUE LIES with a real classic. TRUE LIES is fun but of all Cameron's films it's the least rewatchable.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Goddammit Dana...I'll catch yuuuu!!!....

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I liked it as a kid..

    by ShogunMaster

    ..but it wasn't my favourite movie. It wasn't until I got older and watched it again that I noticed all of the upskirt shots on Kerri Green. Now I love that movie. She was yum..

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Sheesh, I said "musical error," not "unforgivable musical sin."

    by Crobran

    It didn't make me mad or anything. Lots of movies have errors. It was just something that my piano playing self noticed. No need to get snarky.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by Crobran

    Yeah, back then, I figured that it probably was, but, since I'd been in piano lessons for nine years by then, I just thought "if she really knew music, she wouldn't be afraid of guessing wrong, because both guesses are right." My pragmatism overcame any humor I was meant to see in it.

  • Consider that he is obsessed entirely with "one eyed willie" and the movie starts to take on an entirely different meaning for you. Especially when he finally comes to terms with the fact that he and one eyed willie are 'the same' and that its okay to grow up; that change may be scary, but its part of life. also, your pee-pee will grow hairs.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    You know, guys...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...I am wondering what is in that bag.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Waited weeks to see GOONIES as a 10 year old...

    by MCVamp

    Got my Dad to take me, which he NEVER did. At the last minute, he says "let's see this instead." So instead of GOONIES, we see BACK TO THE FUTURE. After seeing GOONIES some time later on VHS, my Dad said "See, I was right." And he was.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    What have I become?

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Clearly what Spielberg is thinking

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST

    I loathe this piece of shit movie

    by buggerbugger

    I hated it back then and I still hate it now. It's nice to see some genuine dislike of it in the talkback.

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    My love for Goonies knows no begging.

    by UltraTron

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    autodidact: that's nothing to be proud of son.

    by UltraTron

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    re: wcolbert

    by SK229

    Agree wholeheartedly. I was just going to say this in the Saturday shorts column, but even on an indie level of people trying to make shorts or features to get a career, there is very little to no experimentation with anything raw, unrefined, or at the edge technically, let alone story or dialogue-wise... it's like everyone is David Lean all of a sudden. Or Ridley Scott. I love digital cinema, I've shot on the Red Epic and I like that it's put the tools at the reach of practically everyone and you can edit a movie on an macbook air if you desire, but the obsession with a clean, 4k, skin-tones are all matched, perfectly graded image is making everything feel the same... bland and uninteresting (and trust me, everyone in the techie camera crowd acts as if this stuff is quantifiable, and no longer subjective). Sometimes when I watch current movies, even great ones, it feels like there's a disconnect... some of the excitement that I think used to exist when seeing ANYTHING is gone. It feels like we're checking them off a list now. I went through a long period where I hated Tarantino and Pulp Fiction and felt his movies didn't age well... now, I'd KILL to feel the kind of excitement I felt watching Pulp or Reservoir Dogs back then. I watched Pulp today for the first time in a while and even now, hearing that crackling dialogue, I at least feel the blood flow... same with watching Taxi Driver recently. The feeling that the camera itself is just gonna smash into a wall and the image will fall apart at any moment adds something to what the movie is trying to get across. The awkwardness of some of the angles. The way thing will start and not finish. I'm probably not making a ton of sense, but I do feel that movies have become too perfect in a sense, as wcolbert said. The last time I felt something strong was watching District 9. It's not a favorite of mine, but when I saw it for the first time, it felt fresh and crazy and as though I wasn't sure where it was all going. Prior to that, it was Assassination of Jesse James and There Will Be Blood, and prior to THAT, it was the first five or ten minutes of The Departed. The way Scorsese intercut that news footage with DiCaprio's character growing up in Nicholson's shadow and the things he was saying in the narration felt like Scorsese was trying to break through new ground... in some way, it made very little sense, but it worked and it felt as though he was trying to get out of a box... then the rest of the movie happened. Good movie, just never lived up to what I thought might happen in those first few minutes. I don't think anyone wants to experiment anymore. I don't think up-and-comers are combing through ALL the work of the 60's and 70's great directors, let alone those that came before that THEY copied, but through the lens of their own experience (especially Scorsese, copying Hitchcock's angles and ways of creating tension but in wholly original stories.) Anyway... rant over.

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I'm a non-Goonie person.

    by Gabe Athouse

    I was the right age when it came out, but even as a kid I avoided it. Because it sucks, you see. Also, Spielberg needs someone other than his mom to dress him.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Mcvamp, that's a good story

    by Bobo_Vision

    Even as a kid, there was a certain lameness factor to the Goonies. Too much Chunk, too many hi-jinks with the goombas, and Jason Voorhes's kinder, gentler brother. Hated the fact that Chunk and the Toxic Avenger become friends. Far too much cheese in The Goonies.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Also, the sets on Goonies looked horrendous

    by Bobo_Vision

    The movie looks like a bunch of kids exploring an abandoned theme park.

  • And I kept thinking to myself, "no the wicked queen is still the fairest".

  • It has been a while since someone showed me a movie I didn't want to see where at the end I could say "you're right that was a good movie, thanks for making me watch it." Maybe MARTYRS.

  • but it's unlikely!

  • Dec. 3, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I still tear up when I see Sloth and Chunk...

    by Snake Foreskin

    Make fun of me all you want. I really bought into the Sloth character and it makes me sad whenever I see the way he was treated and that he just wants to be loved. Damn human emotion!

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    truffle shuffle

    by chuck

    Do the truffle shuffle! FIRSTS!!!

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Movies just don't get better than this...

    by Darkness

    Aptly directed by the legendary, Dick Donner. I can not fault this movie - even though some would. A time when childrens movies were daring, and were afraid to take risks. "Chunk, i hope that was your stomach!".

  • watching the Goonies when it was released was nothing special because I had already experienced Raiders of the Lost Ark and this just seemed like an attempt to make a children's version. It's certainly fun with some great moments but when you grow up watching the SW films as they are released and stuff like BTTF and Ghostbusters are fresh in your mind this just seems like a filler movie rather than an instant classic.