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Genre: Children's DVDs / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg / Actors: Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan ... / DVD released 2004-10-04 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby

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      30.06.2014 23:14
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      One of my favorites films

      Richard Donner, director of such classics as Timeline, and Conspiracy Theory...

      Wait a second maybe he''s not the greatest director afterall. Well he must be getting old or something because back in the 80''s this director helmed what has gone on to become one of my longtime favorite childhood movies. The Goonies; directed by Donner, and written by the combined talents of Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg, is a film that recalls to mind every childhood fantasy you had about bandits, booby traps and buried treasure.

      What makes the film such an endearing classic though is simply the sheer energy of the whole thing. It tells the story of young Mikey Walsh who decides that the only way of stopping his childhood home from being sold is to get together The Goony Gang (The name of his gang) and track down the missing treasure of pirate One Eyed Willy. They have a map, the smarts to figure it out and the spirit to succeed where the only other person to try has been killed. In fact everything seems to be going perfectly until they realize that the only way to start their journey is to go through the secret hideout of escaped gangster family The Frattellis.

      From this point on the film is none stop adrenaline fueled fun. It just bounces from one classic set piece to the next without giving you time to breath and realize how utterly unoriginal it all is. I mean who will ever forget the hilarious scene with the drainage pipes, the dizzying drop down the spiked pit, or best of all the breathless scene involving the bone organ and retractable floor combo. When you factor in the fact that The Frattellis are hot on their heels and suffering at the hands of the kids cartoon violence then the film truly never stops moving.

      Luckily for a film that relies so heavily on pure energy it''s gotten together a young cast simply brimming over with uncontrolled excitement. I''ve heard it complained that the film has bad acting, but who cares when the kids are this much fun. From Sean Astin''s delivery on his classic "It''s their time, their time, up there! Down here it''s our time, our time, down here" speech, to Corey Feldman''s mischievous translation for the Spanish maid, these kids will constantly make you laugh. Yes the cries of Jeff Cohen''s Chunk may be completely fake, and his I love you lines completely cloying, but his excitement is such that you find yourself reciting his lines all the same. Of course the best of them could only be Jonathan Ke Quan. I mean sure Data''s inventions are some of the films most memorable things, but this is all really down to Ke Quan''s performance. Remember what he did in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, well he had that kind of energy here first. Everything about this kid, from his gleeful cries of "$50 bills!" as he finds a money printer, to his quiet whine as he realizes they''re fake, to his cheeky grin as he uses his retractable boxing glove, this kid is just WOW.

      Even the grown ups get in on the energy as Robert Davi makes opera singing scary, and Joe Pantoliano becomes the embodiment of Whiley Coyote as he constantly hurts himself in comical ways while trying desperately to get the kids. There is also one other thing worth mentioning though. That''s Sloth, the disfigured but friendly Frattelli. You could say that this character brought an important message of accepting others regardless of their appearance, but of course that''s not what you remember him for. Everyone remembers him for ripping off his shirt to reveal a superman vest before beating his brothers upside the head. This guy rocks.

      At the end of the day, with all of that energy on display I don''t have to explain myself. I simply love this flick.

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      01.01.2014 10:41
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      A great family film!

      When I was younger one of my favourite films was The Goonies. I was only five when it was released back in 1985 and I doubt I was so young when I saw it for the first time but most people of a similar age to me would say that this is a classic film I think. What is great though is I STILL enjoy this film some 28 years later and my son loves it too so it made total sense to buy it on DVD. This is my review of the film.

      The Goonies is a Steven Spielberg produced film and tells us the story of a group of children who are probably early high school at a guess who don't really fit in anywhere which is why they call themselves the Goonies. A developer wants to buy Mikey and Brands family home and as his family have no money to pay them off their parents are resigned to the fact that they are going to lose their home. Mikey though has other plans and when he comes across a treasure map in the attic of his home he plans to go along with his friends to try and hunt down the treasure of the pirate one eyed Willy. Their trip to try and find the treasure throws them in to the path of some real crooks, the Fratelli's, who also want the treasure and so there are lots of dangerous moments, adventures, ups and downs as they go through their quest but who will find the elusive treasure?

      This film is an absolute family classic. It is rated at a 12 and there is the odd swear word thrown in there but nothing too heavy and I think it tends to wash over children anyway as they are most concerned with the action and adventure in this film. I let my son watch this a couple of years ago when he was around five or six years old and he loved it and still does love it. This is the beauty of this film I think to be honest as it is 28 years old now so in terms of special effects it doesn't live up to the kind of things we see now but it just doesn't need all of that. It is a brilliant film without that and that is why people of all ages adore it I think. I do think it is one of those films that will always be enjoyed by generations to come as well as those who have already seen it.

      The acting in the film is really good I think considering it uses child actors. Some of these actors have gone on to do many more things as a result of this film as well. I really love the never say die attitude of Mikey, played by Sean Astin, as he motivates his friends to just always believe and he is such a sweet boy. I think he is definitely the leader in the quest even though he is one of the quieter more shy characters. Chunk is a wonderful character played by Jeff Cohen and I think everyone probably knows what the truffle shuffle is because of him! He is a hilarious character which seems to be scared of everything and as a result seems to be found in the most awkwardly scary situations such as when he pulls over a car and breathlessly tells them about how scary and awful the Fratelli's are to then realise it is them who have pulled over to help! I think the dynamic of the group actually works really well and the actors just fit together some how which is probably one of the many reasons that this film works so well. The casting of the film is great and I think everyone fills their role well really well.

      You cannot talk about the Goonies without mentioning who is probably the most iconic member of the team and that is Sloth. Sloth is played by John Matuszak and he is the deformed child of Mama Fratelli who is kept locked up in the cellar out of the way. When Chunk first meets him he is terrifed but with time he learns that Sloth is actually a gentle soul who would do anything to help out his new friends even if that means taking on his real family. There is one quote which always stands out in the Goonies and it is uttered by Sloth as he arrives at the pirate ship with Chunk and he simply shouts "Heyyyy you guuuuuuyyyys" as he swings in on a rope and I am sure it is a moment that everyone will be aware of. It is the best moment in the film for me.

      This really is a fun adventure film and so the Goonies do end up having to go through lots of underground passages and along the way come across many booby traps which the young inventor Data always seems to think he can deal with but many times things go wrong! It is a great adventure film though in that it keeps you on the edge of your seat when you see it for the first time but even when you have seen it you continue to be interested and enjoy the scenes. My son loves all the booby trap scenes and in particular loves it when Data sprays oil on a wooden crossing pole which the Fratelli's slip on and end up getting hurt! There are some great effects within this film and as I say whilst they may not stand up to the films of 2013 this isn't a bad thing. The effects are believable and gripping and that is all you need for a classic film in my opinion.

      When the Goonies do come across the pirate ship of one eyed Willy I think it is quite magical to be honest. The ship is so grand and full of jewels yet Mikey makes sure that the gang do not touch the treasure closest to the skeletal one eyed Willy because that is his. It shows the values that Mikey has I think and it sends a nice message. I like the drama and suspense that comes with the final scenes too and so does my son. You are really rooting for these kids and just hope that after all their efforts they can make it out ok and again it is the sign of a good film when you are invested in the characters like that.

      The DVD costs just three pounds on amazon! It is a bargain price for a classic family film that is most enjoyable. I would certainly recommend it!

      Thank you for reading my review!

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        23.02.2013 12:26
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        I could watch this again and again

        This is a review of The Goonies (1985) a film which me and my sister have loved since our childhood and will watch every time it comes on TV, although we both also own it on DVD for whenever we need a Goonies fix. It's that bad that if I glance at her when she's watching it I can sometimes see her lips moving in line with the characters. I find myself muttering "I got it I got it" when something's slipping from my hand then "I don't got it" when I drop it! I know from the plethora of movie merchandise available that me and my sister are not alone in our Goonies fixation; she got a bag with Chunk doing the Truffle Shuffle for Christmas...

        A bit about
        The Goonies features four friends and an elder brother and his two friends (girls) that are about to go on the adventure of a lifetime. The two brothers live in a house they call the goondocks (their group's headquarters) and the boys find out that his Dad is losing the house due to a local developer who wants to build a golf course on the land. He can't afford to pay for the house and the children are devastated. Mikey, the younger brother is determined that they should do something to save the Goondocks and tells his friends about an old story he heard about a pirate called One Eyed Willy who has buried his treasure nearby. If they can find the treasure they can save the house.

        Characters
        In following the trail of One Eyed Willy, the boys soon bump into a local family of criminals, the Fratellis (sounds familiar?!) who cotton on to the boy's ambition to find the 'rich stuff'. Chunk (the chubby one) makes friends with the disfigured son of the Fratellis called Sloth and their friendship becomes important as the film progresses. Out of the two girls, Andi (the pretty one) is torn between the property developer's son Troy and Mikey's big brother Brand. She knows how to play her femininity though and is always trying to get Brand on his own for a kiss. She is shocked when she kisses him in the dark and finds he has braces on before she realises she just kissed the younger kid Mikey!

        Favourite bit
        There are just too many good bits to mention here but if I'm pushed, I'd say Chunk in the Fratellis' freezer with the dead guy is pretty funny. He is so scared he can't get his words out, never mind shout for help. He goes from listing all the ice cream flavours he can see to gasping the word 'corpse' but it's not really that scary for kids watching as the corpse doesn't look all that real.

        Final word
        If you have never seen the Goonies, please watch it just for me, don't think it's just a film for children. It's a classic 80s film and there are so many people I know who will name it as their favourite film so there must be something about it. I must have watched this around a hundred times at least! I still see bits in it that I didn't notice before and still enjoy watching it today.

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          24.02.2011 02:10
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          The real treasure is the film itself

          If there is one film that can transport me back to the mid 1980's and re-introduce me to my childhood this is it! The first film I ever saw at the cinema and one that even as a thity something I still hold fond memories of and love to watch. Way back then I did'nt know it was written by Steven Spielberg or directed by Richard Donner (and it really wouldnt have mattered any way) what I knew was here were seven children, all somewhere in my age bracket off on the most amazing adventure that neither me or my brother would ever encounter in our wildest dreams!

          I have tried to decipher exactly what it is about this film that everyone (young or old) who has seen it love and exactly what makes it so great even some twenty five years on (I have yet to meet anyone who has been disapointed) and the truth is Richard Donner has managed to do through an hour and a half of visual medium what Walt Disney achieved with his magical kingdom, he has brought out the child in all of us. Yes the technology was no way near as advanced as todays movies, clearly obvious through closer inspection of the backgrounds which are noticeable blue screens. Yes the budget was small so no cutting edge (for the time anyway) visual effects but even now none of that matters. The charm of this movie is the simplicity. A treasure hunt, pirate ship, water slides, baddies on the run and sheer imagination. This is the sort of film you wanted and probably did act out with your friends. The Goonies themselves could have been any number of your childhood chums and the actors that played them were like us. They were accessible not your standard movie stars just normal kids on an amazing hap-hazzard adventure. The children connected perfectly with their audience back then and they still do today because in brief this now cult classic has managed to store on the big screen one and a half hours of sheer imagination from our own childhoods.

          1985, Astoria, Oregon. Threat of the impending demolition of their family homes by an expansion of the Astoria Country Club prompts four boys (aka the Goonies, Mikey, Data, Mouth and Chunk) to go on a trail in search of hidden treasure that could just be enought to save their homes.

          After a brief introduction to the main Goonie characters (look out for the James Bond style entrance by young inventor Data travelling to mikeys house on a wire suspension and Chunks now famous truffle shuffle to gain entry through the garden). Bored and in their last days together before their houses are demolished the Goonies along with Brandon rummage through the Walsh's loft where their father (a curator of the local museum) stores many artifacts when they hapoen upon an old treasure map (cue the lightning bolts). Mikey relays a story about a pirate called one eyed willie and his ship laden with treasure, buried, forgotten and now lost forever, for the time being anyway and so the start of their adventure begins.
          The Fratelli's, a family of fugitives on the run from local police after Jake escapes from the local jail. Hiding out at an abandoned restaurant on the outskirts of the town the exact place where the treasure maps points the group to start their journey and the Goonies meet up with the girls, Andy (whom fancies Brandon) and her friend Stef.

          Following the map through a maze of twisted underground tunnels in pursuit of buried treasure whilst trying to evade capture from the Fratelli's the group encounter all manor of booby traps including an Indianan Jones style boulder formation falling from the tunnel ceilings and a piano made of human bones! On through the tunnels and swirling down water slides the friends finally find their pot of gold in the form of a pirate ship complete with captain one eyed willie (all be it hes long dead). The ship is laden with gold and jewels but the Fratelli's are one step behind them. Will the Goonies be able to escape capture one last time from the fugitives, will the pirate ship reveal all of its history and treasure in time to save their homes and will anyone believe them when they are finally free?

          Some More Of My thoughts:
          The film is one of my all time favourites (it's true) because it takes me back to a time when my imagination was infinative. Nowadays the wobbly polystyrene sets, poor continuity in the editing room and verbal unscripted mistakes only add to it's charm and appeal. The truffle shuffle, possibly the worlds funniest and most famous belly dance along with the highly memorable "hey you guys" bellow from Sloth remain some of the best film quotes I can think of! For anyone who has not seen the film (there must be some out there) it is worth a viewing. My kids love it (even the teenage one) who is neither bothered or phased by the lack of technology. The script isnt the best and nor is the acting but it is endearing madcap fun for all the family to enjoy and in many ways a welcome break from the technology riddled children's releases of today. The film is tons of fun. A sheer clasic adventure story but of course the real treasure is the timeless film itself and one that comes with a very high recommendation from me!

          Main Cast:
          Sean Astin - Mikey Walsh, Josh Brolin - Brandon Walsh, Jeff Cohen - Chunck, Corey Feldman - Mouth, Kerri Green - Andy, Martha Plimpton - Stef, Jonathon Ke Quan - Data, John Matuszak - Sloth, Robert Davi - Jake Fratelli, Joe Pontaliano - Francis Fratelli, Anne Ramsey - Mama Fratell

          Awards:
          Anne Ramsay won a Saturn award in 1986 for best supporting actress and in the same year Sean Astin won a Young Performers Award for best starring performance of a young actor

          The DVD Extra (released in 2004):
          The seven Goonies are reunited once again along with Richard Donner for the first time in almost twenty years to reminise on their childhood adventure through a running commentary of the film. Deleted scenes including the classic octopus scene that is mentioned by Data towards the end of the original film, Cyndi Lauper video and some exerts on the making of the movie. A must have for any Goonie fan!

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            13.05.2010 15:27
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            Classic 80s film

            HEY YOU GUYSSSSSS.......

            My favourite line ever from this film, if you have not watched The Goonies...then watch it!!!

            Released in 1985, this film is still a classic, whatever your age it will have you laughing your socks off! Although set in the 80's (which is pretty obvious from the random outfits worn by the actors, the poor special effects, and the proper dodgy music), the film is still one to be seen, and how can anybody miss the Truffle Shuffle?

            The film itself is about a group of friends, the main characters being Mikey and Brand whose home is going to be knocked down due to a major development in the town. The group of friends form "The Goonies".

            At Mikey's house the friends decide to go into the attic where their Dad stores a lot of old artefacts and paintings from his job at the museum, it is here that they come across an old treasure map which used to belong to One Eyed Willy. Mikey believes that if they can find the treasure then they will all be able to afford to pay off the developers and stay in their homes.

            The Goonies decide to go in search of the treasure, however are faced with an escaped murderer and co (The Fratellis) who also happen to be looking for the treasure...along with their deformed brother Sloth who happens to take a liking to Chunk and his pals.

            It is then an action packed race to find the treasure and save Mikey's home...

            There were a few familiar faces in the film, some of the actors included, Sean Astin as Mikey, Josh Brolin as Brand, Jeff Cohen as Chunk, Kerri Green as Andy and Corey Feldman as Mouth.

            The film is by far one of my favourite films ever, and if you havent seen it grab yourself a copy now!!!

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            A treasure hunt movie.

            The film.
            If your looking for a classic 80's adventure film for all the family........this is it!

            The goonies are a group of kids that are not the most popular around that live in a small town. A wealthy family in town are developing a large golf complex and are buying up loads of properties, and the goonies main head quartres, their leader Mikey's house, is next on the list to be knocked down if Mikeys dad can't come up with the money for the mortgage.

            Because of this the goonies come up with this idea to track down a lost treasure by a pirate called one eyed willie. After finding a map they head out on it's trail, but end up having Mikey's older brother and two older girls tag along. The reason for this is because their entrance to the trail of treasure leads to them being tracked by a local deadly crime family and they have no option but to make their escape at the same time as looking for the treasure.

            Cue, a wacky dangerous and fun adventure along a trail booby trapped by one eyed willie.

            My opinion.
            I grew up with this film and when I first watched it I sooooooooo wanted to be a goonie! Sitting at home watching the quirky gang make their journey and do the things they did, I was so jealous.

            The film is all about friendship and sticking by each other through hard times. It is filled with fun and crazy stunts and makes you laugh almost every few minutes.
            One thing I really loved was the fact that although their are a lot of bad people and some of the journey is very dangerous, the characters come across really innocent and you really feel for them every step of the way.

            This film is a real classic and even now, when watched for the very first time, children and adults still love it and take away some of its lines for future reference and a daily basis.

            "Hey you guys!" Sloth.

            Truffle Shuffle by Chunk!

            Two very memorable scenes that I always use when having a laugh with friends and family.

            If you've never seen this masterpiece you really don't know what yoiur missing. I've seen it so many times yet when it appears on tv and the dvd is just across the room on the shelf, I still sit back and enjoy every second of it.

            If you want to see the Hobbit, "Sam" from Lord of the Rings, as a young innocent adventure filled boy then you can find him in this as Mikey! (Sean Astin).

            For only £2.99 from amazon I can't think of anything better to spend a bit of pocket change on. The film runs for an easy 1 hour and 54 mins and is only a PG.

            I really do recommend this for all to watch as an alternative to some of the recent, harsh rude language filled kids movies of the present day. I mush prefer my son taking away some of the humour and attitude in a film like this as opposed to some films he has seen where the children take enjoyment out of being naughty and terrorising people in a way recent directors think is funny!

            Enjoy a classic!

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              27.03.2010 18:59
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              a group of friends in search of a pirate treasure

              The Goonies (1985)

              Genre: adventure/comedy/family/mystery

              Writer: Steven Spielberg & Chris Columbus
              Dir.: Richard Donner

              Cast:
              Sean Astin - Mikey Walsh
              Josh Brolin - Brand Walsh
              Jeff Cohen - Lawrence 'Chunk' Cohem
              Corey Feldman - Clark 'Mouth' Devereaux
              Kerri Green - Andy Carmichael
              Martha Plimpton - Stef Steinbrenner
              Jonathan Ke Quan - Richard 'Data' Wang
              John Matuszak - Lotney 'Sloth' Fratelli
              Robert Davi - Jake Fratelli
              Joe Pantaliano - Francis Fratelli
              Anne Ramsey - Mama Fratelli

              Plot:
              A group of friends find a treasure map and decide to follow it.
              Their journey begins in a tunnel under a restaurant and leads into a series of caves.
              The family that owns the restaurant, two guys and their mom, who also happen to be criminals, catch one the kids that gets left behind and force him to tell them about the map. The family locks the kid in the cellar with another deformed slow-witted family member with a deformed face and then they follow the kids to steel the treasure.
              The kids decipher the map and navigate a series of boobie-traps until they arrive in a huge cave containing a pirate ship full of treasure.
              The family of criminals catches them and plans to kill them.
              Will the kids be able to escape with their lives and any of the treasure that they worked so hard to find?

              My thoughts:
              This is an excellent movie! It is a great family movie that can be enjoyed by all ages.
              It is very well written and very well directed. Donner did a very good job directing a cast made up mainly of children.
              The cast is wonderful and all of them gave excellent performances. The children were more than capable of carrying this movie and made it fun and believable.
              Almost every person in this movie has a recognizable face and a pretty lengthy resume.
              Critics were split with this film, with some liking it and some not.
              Although the movie did pretty well at the box office, the studio did not consider it a financial success.
              This movie has since garnered a cult status and following, but I disagree with that assessment, as the movie still holds up well today and can still be enjoyed by all.
              Ever since this movie was made there have been rumors and rumblings of a sequel, but whether it ever happens is anybody's guess.
              There was also an animated television series developed, but was shelved due to copyright issues.
              There has also been much talk about a musical version of the film, but whether or not that happens is also anybody's guess.
              All in all, this is an excellent movie that I still enjoy today, over 20 years later, and I believe you'll enjoy it too. I wholeheartedly recommend this one to all.

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                The Goonies set off to find One Eyed Willy's Treasure to save their homes

                Mikey and Brand Walsh live in a small town which is facing ruin from a major development resulting in all the families having to move out. Mikey and his friends are all sad about being separated as they have formed a group and called themselves 'The Goonies'. The Goonies love having adventures and role playing.

                At Mikey's house the friends decide to go into the attic where their Dad stores a lot of old artefacts and paintings from his job at the museum, it is here that they come across an old treasure map which used to belong to One Eyed Willy. Mikey believes that if they can find the treasure then they will all be able to afford to pay off the developers and stay in their homes.

                The Goonies decide to go in search of the treasure but soon they are faced with an escaped murderer and his family and it is up to Chunk to go for help. Will the Goonies be able to follow the map and find the treasure to save their homes or will the bad guys beat them to it?

                Hubby was shocked when I said that I had never seen this film before and even more shocked when I said I did not know what the Truffle Shuffle was so when I saw the DVD in Tesco I decided to buy it and give it a watch. I was not expected too much from the film as it is for children and was made back in 1985 so I though that it would be very dated but I have to say that I was very surprised by it and did actually enjoy it. The storyline was good and perfect for children who love adventures and pirates and I though the acting was just as good.

                There were a few familiar faces in the film and I think all the child actors did an excellent job. We had a good mix of characters and ages which made the story appeal to a more wider audience. Some of the actors included, Sean Astin as Mikey, Josh Brolin as Brand, Jeff Cohen as Chunk, Kerri Green as Andy and Corey Feldman as Mouth. I think there was a great chemistry between all of them and as they were all so different they fitted and acted together so well.

                The film was made in 1984 and this is very apparent from the costumes and scenery in the film. The clothes were very dated and so too were the props but for me this did not spoil the film in any way. Some of the effects were pretty bad especially when we were supposed to believe that there were massive rocks falling but they even bounced and it was so obvious that they were polystyrene or a similar material, despite this I still really did enjoy the film I think maybe more so as I was not expecting too much.

                I did find that the storyline was very predictable. from about 30minutes onwards in the film I had easily worked out how it was going to end which was a little disappointing but I still managed to enjoy the film and found it entertaining. I think for children they will find it a little harder to work out and would enjoy this as it is full of adventure and the child stars do actually bring some humour to the film. Chunk was by far the funniest in the film and I loved some of the things which he came out with and his unusual friendship which he strikes up during the film.

                The DVD which we have does have some bonus material which includes:-

                Audio Commentary (with hidden video treasures)
                Behind the Scenes documentary The Making of the Goonies
                Cyndi Lauper The Goonies 'R' Good Enough Music Video
                Deleted Scenes
                Trailer

                I have not watched any of these as I am not a fan of bonus features so I am not able to make comment on them.

                The running time of this film is 110 minutes and I found this to be a great length as the story moved at a good pace from start to finish and I was not getting bored or loosing interest at any point. The certificate is a 12 as there is one scene of hanging but I have to say that compared to modern and recent films I would personally give this a PG certificate as suggest that children around the age of 10 would love this film and it is certainly appropriate for them to view. I paid just £3 for this DVD which I felt to be a bargain from Tesco.

                I do have to recommend this film as I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It may look and feel dated but it has a great storyline and excellent acting and the humour just adds to the viewing experience. One not just for children but parents as well!

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                  80's Kids Film about Fun, Friendships and Treasure Hunts!

                  If you are looking for a way to entertain the kids, who aren't satisfied with the usual Disney fairytales, (young boys with big imaginations for example!) then The Goonies may just be the film for you.

                  You wouldn't be surprised about the dark edginess of the film, when you learn that it was written by Stephen Spielberg and Chris Columbus. It's not all doom and gloom however, Goonies is a film about friendships, treasure hunts and generally enjoying childhood.

                  The Goonies was released in 1985 and so you have to forgive them for the Cyndi Lauper soundtrack and the sweatbands and legwarmers, although two out of three of these did recently make a comeback (Sorry Cyndi!).

                  Imagine if all your friends lived right next to each other, that's how good The Goonies had it. Until they found out that their houses were being bought out to be torn down so that developers could build a golf course on the grounds. This was the moment they knew they had to save "The Goon Docks" as they called them; all they needed was some money - fast!

                  Mikey Walsh (Sean Astin) and his big brother Brand (Josh Brolin) were at the centre of their group of friends. They were looked upon as a bunch of misfits. A rude and cheeky kid they call Mouth (Corey Feldman), a chubby kid they call Chunk (Jeff Cohen) and a gadget obsessed kids they called Data (Jonathan Ke Quan) completed the gang.

                  The guys discover a treasure map in the Walsh's attic and Mikey remembers stories his father used to tell him about One Eyed Willy (no comments please, this is a kids film!) and his Lost Treasure. This is the moment they realise that if they were the ones to find the lost treasure, they wouldn't have to lose their houses. Brand didn't quite believe the tales of pirates etc but the rest of the guys were always one step ahead of him, which lead to Brand chasing up with them and meeting the two new members of the group on the way...
                  Andy (Kerri Green) - Brand's love interest and Stef (Martha Plimpton) tag along with the boys when they are left stranded in the middle of nowhere. Gross, the boys thought, but in true Goonie style, the more the merrier.

                  The treasure map led them to an old abandoned resturant...or so they thought! Chunk then discovers a car covered in bullet holes, but before he can warn the others, they were already inside. This is where we first encounter The Fratellis. A mother, with two sons who follow her every order, who are wanted by the police! Mama Fratelli threatens the boys, to shake them up a little bit, but ultimately wants to get rid of them as soon as she can, so not to draw attention to them. Which probably would've worked, had Mikey not needed the toilet...

                  Scared out of his wits but with a bigger picture in his head of finding the riches to save his house, Mikey "goes to the bathroom" whilst still following the map. Even though Mikey was underground, he was hearing noises that sounded like more than just pipes rattling. More like moans or shouting...but not something human...Mikey continued down the corridor and discovers something chained up, like nothing he'd ever seen before, a monster he thought! He runs back to the guys to tell them! Chunk later finds out that this is the Fratelli boy's deformed, gentle giant brother Sloth. Chunk befriends Sloth after the Fratelli's kidnap him, on his attempted journey to find help for the rest of the Goonies who are continuing the journey to the lost treasure in the depths of the Fratelli's abandoned resturant.

                  Throughout the film, the Goonies are on the run from the Fratelli's and are trying to dodge all the traps that One Eyed Willy couldn't outsmart. They are challenged by a bunch of tasks and sometimes just scrape through by the skin of their teeth. The Fratelli's are always two steps behind them, which just makes them even angrier! But Sloth and Chunk even manage to come to the Goonies rescue!

                  With lots of twists and turns throughout the film (not to mention the bloopers - if you're eagle eyed!), it's bound to keep you thoroughly entertained. To be honest, I don't think I've ever seen another kid's film quite like it. Although the clothes and soundtrack are undeniably dated and the film is quite dark and you can tell its age, it still has a certain quality which can't be matched.

                  If you are interested in seeing the Goonies for the first time or rediscovering a childhood memory, I would most definitely recommend buying the Special Edition DVD. It has the commentary, which features all of the Goonies now they've grown up! It's pretty cool hearing all their stories and how much fun they had making it, which really shines through.

                  So don't expect too much from this film, because it's not overly serious or overly intelligent, but it's a great kid's film which has stood the test of time. I would recommend it for watching with your little ones or putting on one day to just be entertained. 100% gets the thumbs up from me.

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                    Watch it for a laugh

                    I watched this film for the first time a short while ago, being 25, when I tell people I had never seen the Goonies, they were shocked, i could honestly say I'd never heard of it up until when we borrowed it off our friend to watch one evening.

                    the film starts off with a group of kids who live in a house which is rigged up with what would've been 'cool traps' when i was a kid. The film was made in 1985 so now things do look a little dated but its all in good fun if you decide to watch it anyway.

                    They start off in the house where there mother is about to go out and tells them specifically not to go in the loft, well guess what happens?

                    they go in the loft and find lots of old junk along with a treasure map and decide to go on the treasure hunt and lots of chaos ensues when Some others decide they want this treasure as well.

                    There is another kind of bizarre family that is after the treasure and part of the bizareness is that they have a weird Son who has been locked up for years and is a little disturbing to watch, but aside from that, its not a bad film at all, I glad I got to see it in my lifetime andf now I can say I am an Avid Goony fan.

                    The storyline kept me riveted and there were some quite good thrills, spills and excitement along the way. There has been talk about a Goonies 2 but I say leave it in the past, its best kept where it ought to be.

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                    A great 80's adventure film for all the family

                    This is one of my childhood classics and one of the best adventure films ever made!

                    A group of kids, who have nothing better to do, go to explore a cave that is thought to have hidden treasure. While on this adventure, they come across The Fratelli's, thieves who want the treasure for themselves.

                    It's a family adventure film that is funny, scary (not over the top scary), action packed and really good fun to watch.

                    It's known as a classic and rightly so. Steven Spielberg was one of the writers for this film.

                    The character's of the kids are interesting, they all have their own personalities and don't come off as typically, whiny children, which is a plus.

                    Robert Davi is excellent, again, as one of the Fratelli's, a henchman who's one of the thieves out to get the treasure for themselves.

                    Anne Ramsay is scary as "mama Fratelli", the domineering mother of the Fratelli family who's son's will do anything she tells them to.

                    There is plenty of action to be had in the cave, in fact, the pace never stops as there is always something to be investigated or a chase to get over with!

                    The direction is solid and the visuals in the cave are stunning.

                    This is one of the landmark adventure films of the 1980's that hasn't really aged, except for a few dodgy hair styles, and it comes solidly recommended to all!

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                    Discover or re-discover this old classic suitable for all

                    This movie is about a gang of troublesome kids, who all are bored one day whilst in one of their houses. Sean Astin, plays Mikey, whos house they are in and to get rid of their boredom they decide to storm his attic, to rummage about with his dads old stored up fodder. In doing so they stumble upon something which sets them off on a wild goose chase, in search of adventure and riches.

                    As a collective they are all very unique an individual.

                    Chunk is the overweight one who is always telling make believe stories and the target of abuse,

                    Mouth is played by the legendary Corey Feldman, and he is the most sarcastic of the group, he always recounts spooky stories and strange tales and annoys everyone now and again.

                    Data is an asian kid who has a lot of gadgets and the one who is always trying to outfox someone.

                    Josh Brolin also comes along for the ride too as Mikeys older brother. he brings with him his girlfriend and her friend. Two relative unknowns.

                    The adventure they go upon is one which I was in awe of when I was younger and used to enjoy watching this film over and over again.

                    As an adventure movie its certainly a classic, well made and deserving of its cult status.

                    I'm surprised that it has not been on the last few couple of Christmas' because it is a timeless adventure.

                    Even though its a kids movie its caperish quality means that even adults can revel in enjoyin this.

                    If you are annoyed at this review then it has been intentional .

                    I don't want to risk ruining the plot.

                    All I will say is that is definately worth buying as a gift for your kids and for adults to discover.

                    For some reason though I'm spacing out my lines too so as I'm being extra catious not to tell you about "Sloth". Oh darn it I have done it. Ah well thats all I'm gonna say. Watch it and you discover one of the film industrys greatest character creations.

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                      Great classic family movie.

                      Having seen this movie for the first time many years ago when I was a child, and I loved it. I had to buy it for my kids. Some movies are just classics and need to be passed down the generations. This is a great family classic that will be around to make you laugh for a long while to come yet.

                      The Goonies starts off with a brief intro to the main characters. Giving you a brief look at what makes each character so likable.

                      Brand Walsh Played by Josh Brolin. He is a typical jock more worried about making a good impression on the ladies and wishing he did not have such an annoying little brother.

                      Mikey Walsh played by Sean Astin. He is the asthmatic younger brother of Brand that leads all his other friends on a hairbrained adventure.

                      Chunk played by Jeff Cohen. Chunk is the butt of many jokes in this movie. He is also the one that you cant help but laugh at as he bleeds his heart out to save his life.

                      Mouth played by Corey Feldman. He never shuts up always has some smart comment to add to any situation.

                      Data played by Jonathan Ke Quan. Data is the little inventor in the group always has a new device to try out to bad that most of the time his inventions cause more problems than they fix.

                      Andy played by Kerri Green. Andy is the all american girl cheer leader that has a crush on Brand.

                      Stef played by Martha Plimpton. Stef is the friend that gets dragged along by Andy. She dont really want to go but has no choice as she cant abandon her friend.

                      The Goonies takes place in a town called Astoria. Its a coastal town that has quite the historic past. As the movie unfolds you realize that the familys in this town are all about to loose there homes to a new golf course.

                      As the group of friends are hanging out at Mikeys talking about whats gonna happen and where every one is gonna go when they loose there homes they end up in Mikey's attic where his father has stored many items belonging to the museum. One of these items happens to be a treasure map for the treasure of One Eyed Willie a famous pirate.

                      Not being able to leave his house Mikey and his friends plot on how they are gonna get out of the house with out Mikey's older brother Brand stopping them. They use the exercise equipment to there advantage basically using it to tie Brand to the Chair making there escape simple.

                      They ride there bikes to the Coast where they find matching stones on the map. They are on the right track to one eyed willie and his rich stuff. After they realize that they are on the right track they have a run in with the worst people ever the Fratelli's

                      The Fratelli's are hiding from the police after having a shoot out while breaking one of there family members out of prison. Hearing of the possibility of Treasure the Fratelli's follow the Goonies wanting the treasure as much as they do.

                      Will the Fratelli's get the treasure or will the Goonies be able to save the Boondocks?

                      This movie has all the classic buried treasure adventures along with a few new things as well. The fact that this is a group of kids that are out on a treasure hunt to save there homes only makes it a better movie.

                      This is a great movie with lots of great acting. The action scenes are really good and keep you on the edge of your seat. This was a great movie in 1985 when it was released and its still a great movie. Its filled with great one liners and classic movie scenes that bring a smile to your face and make you laugh waiting for each new thing to pop up around ever corner.

                      I would recommend this movie to every one as a must see at least once in your life.

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                        A Briliant Family Favorite

                        The Goonies is one of those films that just about everyone has seen. If you meet someone who has not seen it, you tend to view them with a kind of morbid suspicion, what is wrong with you? That kind of thing. The Goonies is a childrens film from the eighties, it has a massive cult following and is probably one of the most well known childrens films of all time.

                        The Goonies came out back in 1985. Like so many of these films, at the time it really wasn't that big of a hit. It was only in later years where this film turned into a true classic.

                        The film is about a group of young teenagers called the Goonies. They live in a small town that is being taken over by corprate giants looking to build a retail park. This means the end of the lives these kids have had, and the end of the Goonies. Then they find a treasure map hidden away in the attick. The film then follows the adventure that follows as the Goonies attempt to find the treasure of 'One Eyed Willie'.

                        There are some great characters in this film. Chunk is a true legend! Played by Jeff Cohen the little fat kid is just so funny. He really makes this film and I love watching him. There are also a few people you might recognize. A young Corey Fieldman who went on to do farious other films and then the lead is played by Sean Astin who we all know as Sam from Lord of the Rings. All the actors play there parts very well and really make the film come to life.

                        I really like some of the music in this film. Some classic feel good eighties music really fits in well with the story. Some Cindy Lauper is always a good thing in my opinion.

                        The film is full of action and adventure. There is a really good storyline, with some excellent badies and some real loveable characters. Sloth is another classic one, you often see T-shirts with 'Hey you guys' and other slogans on which really shows how well known the film is even 25 years on.

                        The film runs for 114 minutes. That is quite long for a kids film, but it really flies by as there is so much going on.

                        The film is rated PG, there is some mild language and some slightly adult humor. But nothing to serious and it really should not offend anyone.

                        The DVD itself has all the regular features you would expect, trailers and what not. Nothing to exciting, but it really should be all about the film anyway.

                        This has to be one of my all time favorite films. There is so much to love about it! The story is great, there are lots of funny moments, lots to keep you on the edge of the seat and some classic one liners! If you have never seen this film you really are missing out, go and watch it at once!!

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                        Great feel good movie that is timeless and brings out the kid in you.

                        Oh wow i loved this film as a child and decided to buy it for my children (amd myself). I really hoped it was as good as i remembered as a child and it was better. I loved it and so did my 3 children aged 6yrs, 9 yrs and 1 yrs. They have all watched it several times now and it is a timeless adventure film you never get bored with.

                        The Goonies stumble upon a treasure map hidden in an attic and set off on the adventure of a lifetime in order to save their community from demolition.

                        The individual characters in the movie are great and sooooo memorable. There is Mikey who is the leader, Chunk who is my fave and cant stop eating! "hey you guys"" , Data he is an inventor & and the very funny Corey Feldman as Mouth and who cant forget Sloth. The movie is funny, suspenseful, exciting, romantic and rewarding. And just because the movie is about kids, doesn't mean that adults can't enjoy it. All ages will enjoy this great adventure. Goonies never say die.

                        Adventure, Gadgets, Great one liners, Several Laugh out Loud moments, The baddies, Romance and the perfect ending - What more could you want???? I will never tire of watching this film.

                        " Synopsis - A thrill-a-minute adventure film. When brothers Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brand (Josh Brolin) learn that greedy developers are forcing their family to move, they and their friends decide to have one last, precious adventure together. With the help of a treasure map they've found in the attic, the group, known as the Goonies, go in search of buried gold hoping against hope that if they find it, Mikey and Brand will succeed in keeping their home. "

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                        You may be surprised to discover that the director of the Lethal Weapon movies and scary horror flick The Omen, Richard Donner, also produced and directed this classic children's adventure (which, by the way, was written by Donner's screen-wizard friend Steven Spielberg). Then again you may not. The Goonies, like Donner's other movies, is the same story of good versus evil. It has its share of bad guys (the Fratelli brothers and their villainous mother), reluctant-hero good guys (the Walsh bothers and their gang of friends), and lots of corny one-liners. Like in an old-fashioned Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew plot, the Goonies need to solve a problem: a corrupt corporate developer has bought out their neighbourhood and plans to flatten all their homes. Luckily, the beloved gang stumbles on a treasure map. In the hopes of finding the treasure to buy back their houses, the Goonies embark on their quest through underground passages, aboard pirate ships, and behind waterfalls. This swashbuckling and rollicking ride was also a great breeding ground for a couple of child actors who went on to enjoy numerous successes in adulthood: Sean Astin (Rudy, Encino Man) and Martha Plimpton (Pecker, 200 Cigarettes). --Samantha Allen Storey, Amazon.com