Goonies, The (1985, USA) C-114m. SCOPE *** D: Richard Donner. Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy Quan (Jonathan Ke Quan), John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey, Curtis Hanson, Richard Donner. Now-classic kids' adventure produced by Steven Spielberg. A group of kids who call themselves the 'Goonies' find a treasure map and follow the clues to a giant subterranean maze that may harbor huge pirate treasure. However, some escaped convicts (Ramsey's bumbling family) get in the way. Lightning paced, funny, exciting, although it's also occasionally mean-spirited and thrives too much on violence. Written by Chris Columbus, though script and direction have the Spielberg stamp all over them. Sean Astin's first theatrical film, for which he won the Young Artist Award; he would later appear as Sam in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.


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