Directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg.
Hard to believe but this year marks the 30th Anniversary of The Goonies and the “Truffle Shuffle”. I love this film! Buddies on a treasure hunt adventure to help their parents and save their neighborhood while along the way encountering pirates (one-eyed Willie), escaping from gangster family – the Fratelli’s and by the end forging a special friendship with the one-eyed, Baby Ruth eating, and ever lovable – Sloth. Sounds good to me! The Goonies got their nickname from the “Goon Docks” which is the neighborhood in which they live.
The movie was filmed in Astoria, Oregon which held a big four-day event that kicked off on Thursday, June 4th, running until Sunday, June 7th. Goonies fans were able to tour film locations, go to film screenings and even go on a treasure hunt. The actor who plays Chunk, Jeff Cohen, took part in the celebration signing autographs for fans on Friday at the Liberty Theater.
My favorite character is the klutzy Chunk. He has the best scenes and is absolutely hilarious. Getting into a little bit of everything he has lots of stories and confessions to share.
And what would the movie be without the theme song from Cyndi Lauper – The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough:
Sean Astin as Michael “Mikey” Walsh
Corey Feldman as Clark “Mouth” Devereaux
Ke Huy Quan as Richard “Data” Wang
Josh Brolin as Brandon “Brand” Walsh
Jeff Cohen as Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen
Kerri Green as Andrea “Andy” Carmichael
Martha Plimpton as Stephanie “Stef” Steinbrenner
The Breakfast Club
John Hughes films really have a knack for capturing the teenage angst and The Breakfast Club stands out as one of the best. The movie is engaging, funny and poignant and by the end you understand and care about each one of the characters. It may have been 30 years ago. but the themes still stand the test of time. We can all relate to the jungle called high school. For many it was the best of times and for others the worst of times.
Directed, written and produced by John Hughes, the coming of age storyline follows five teenagers, each a member of a different high school clique, who spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they’ve bought into their respective stereotypes from peer pressure but are more complex than the labels they wear. They also deal with the pressures and expectations of their parents, teachers, and other authority figures. Critics consider it to be one of the great high school films as well as one of Hughes’ most memorable and recognizable works.
Starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, it’s a bonafide classic and made 80’s icons of Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. The “Brat Pack.”
Happy 30th Anniversary!
Be sure to click this link to check out my post on The Breakfast Club Brat Pack.