Director Richard Donner’s 70s/80s influence to film will forever more be implemented as a small addition to cinematic history. Introducing the world to Christopher Reeve’s classic Superman and pairing Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon (and directing all three sequels, a rarity) certify two firm audience favourites alone. 1985, however, brought The Goonies to the screen, written by masterful duo Steven Spielberg and 90s/millennial family favourite Chris Columbus, who brought us Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone 2 and the first two additions to the highly affluent Harry Potter franchise. If this wasn’t a recipe for success, i don’t know what is.
The film saw a 30th anniversary just last year, and come September Warner Brothers’ wide collection of “Iconic Moments” see a handful of classics, donned with brand new cover art, released on DVD. Whilst the film holds personal merit to millions, it continues this day to surpass others of its kind; a family adventure, brimming with swashbuckling piracy tales, hidden treasure, a mob family on the hunt and a pack of utterly hilarious, vigorous and charismatic youths whose attempts at following an ancient Spanish map could lead them to enough booty to stop their homes from foreclosure.
“Hey you guys!”, a line most moviegoers have printed on at least one t-shirt. One of the most famous lines in cinematic history, in fact. The Goonies is 114 minutes of pure, unadulterated fun, from the infamous Truffle Shuffle to the rising stars of today (Josh Brolin’s one of Hollywood’s best talents and Sam Astin’s journeys through Middle Earth are hard to forget), but there’s one particular moment in Goonies history that resonates with me as i’ve watched from child to adult, and throughout the years have maintained the inexplicable ability to memorise said scene.
The scene: The Goonies — consisting of Mikey (Astin), Mouth (Corey Feldman) and Data (Jonathan Ke Quan), alongside Mikey’s brother Brand (Brolin), his love interest Andy (Kerri Green) and her BFF and Mouth’s sister Stef (Martha Plimpton) — are stuck in an underground system full of cavernous halls, traps and an essential watery ecosystem that proves rather difficult to manoeuvre. They’re on the run from the Fratellis, a Mob family whose after the same treasure the gang are, who are holding Chunk (Jeff Cohen) ransom in a cell with Sloth, the eldest Fratelli child whose disabilities has him disaffiliated with his criminal family. They soon come across a wishing well and a possible way out, to which Mikey responds with thespian-like accuracy.
“This is our time!”, exclaims Mikey, describing “the next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school”. The speech is in reference to the impending foreclosure, though the danger that immediately crosses their paths has elder bro and love interest attempting the flee, but as Mikey says, “Goonies never say die!”. “Our parents, they want the best for us, but right now they gotta do what’s right for them cause it’s their time up there. Down here, it’s our time, it’s our time!”. The speech is inspirational and the very best of 80s cheese, and without it, i’m fairly certain Sam Wise wouldn’t have got a handful of his moments in Lord of the Rings. Just kidding, i’m sure they were merited elsewhere. The end of the scene sees Mikey inhaling his trusty Flovent, just perfect.
The Goonies is timeless. I could essentially write about the entire 114 minutes; between the perpetually dark humour that veins itself through such an adventure and characters that, to this day, prove just as entertaining upon your 100th watch as it did your first, there’s something here for everyone.
The Goonies is released as part of Warner Brothers’ Iconic Moments Collection on September 5th.