15 Fun Facts You May Not Have Known About ‘The Goonies’ For Its 30th Anniversary

Sunday will mark a tremendous occasion in the world of pop culture and cult classic movies. June 7 is the 30th anniversary of the Richard Donner-directed, never-say-die movie with an all-star cast, The Goonies. Hitting theaters on June 7, 1985, the film is still a favorite of so many people today and starred a number of names that went on to huge things. Let’s take a look at some fun facts and trivia that you may never have known about The Goonies.

1. The octopus talked about at the end of the movie actually happened – No, it really wasn’t another of Mouth’s (Corey Feldman) stories, but an octopus attacked the gang right as they got into the room with One-Eyed Willie’s pirate ship. Unfortunately, the scene ended up being cut for the theatrical release and was restored to later TV prints of the film.

2. Data promised his mom he wouldn’t curse, and he kept it – For his big fall in the cave, Jonathan Ke Quan actually screams out “holy s-h-*-t” and stayed true to his word.

data not cursing goonies

3. Sean Astin’s (Mikey) mom ditched the Goonies treasure map – Astin was allowed to keep the map after shooting wrapped, and it was a great memento. Unfortunately, his mom was cleaning house one day and tossed it out thinking it was just a crumpled piece of paper.

4. Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) really slapped her “sons” on setRobert Davi (Jake) sat down with Yahoo! Movies and let the world know that Ramsey really slapped him and Joe Pantoliano (Francis) to make the hits as real as possible.

5. Jake really made Chunk (Jeff Cohen) cry – During the interrogation scene, Davi would pull Cohen’s hair to make him cry real tears and seem more scared.

6. The final poster for The Goonies took some time – There were a number of different posters made, including each different member of the gang at the top of the chain.

goonies posters 30th anniversary

7. Everything pulled out of Mouth’s mouth by Mama Fratelli was really in there – Yes, all of those jewels, coins, and pearls were in there for one take.

8. Sloth (John Matuszak) spent at least five hours a day getting ready – In order to become the deformed, and big-hearted, Fratelli brother, Matuszak had to sit in the make-up chair for hours each day. The longest step was attached his remote-controlled side eye.

9. June 7 is actually “Goonies Day” in Astoria, Oregon – It was declared as such by the city’s mayor back in 2010. On this day, you can tour the “Goondocks” and do the Truffle Shuffle in front of Mikey’s house. Check out the full itinerary and take it in sometime.

10. Steven Spielberg to act distant to Richard Donner in the final week – Spielberg had a huge surprise in place the whole time. After filming was completed, Donner flew home to Hawaii where Spielberg and the entire cast were waiting for a cookout celebration.

11. Richard Donner makes a cameo at the end as a cop – He’s the cop on the right.

richard donner goonies cameo

12. Rube Goldberg gets credit for the machine outside of Mikey’s house – Watch the machine open up the front gate, and right as the leg goes down to kick the football, “Rube G.” can be seen written in blue.

13. A Nintendo game exists and it’s called The Goonies II – It truly is one of the best video games to ever have been created.

14. The “Goonies Oath” was cut from the final film – “I will never betray my goon dock friends / We will stick together until the whole world ends / Through heaven and hell, and nuclear war / Good pals like us, will stick like tar / In the city, or the country, or the forest, or the boonies / I am proudly declared a fellow Goonie.”

15. One-Eyed Willie’s pirate ship was kind of a big deal – Filmmakers created a real, full-size pirate ship for the movie and not a single member of the cast could see it before that scene was to be filmed. Upon seeing it, the kids’ original reactions were mostly “Holy Sh*t!” and they had to shoot the scene over.

Strangely enough, the pirate ship was up for sale after filming of The Goonies completed, but no-one bought it, so it was demolished.

The Goonies celebrating its 30th anniversary doesn’t mean that it is getting old. It simply means it is turning even more into a classic, and these fun facts are just another way to appreciate it for 30 more years.

[Images via Shirtoid/IMPAwards/Warner Bros.]

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