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The Goonies (1985)

Director:
Richard Donner
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Adventure/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Goonies

RUNNING TIME
109 minutes

Producer:
Richard Donner
Harvey Bernard
Screenwriter (based on a story by Steven Spielbeg):
Chris Columbus


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Michael "Mikey" Walsh Sean Astin
Brandon "Brand" Walsh Josh Brolin
Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen Jeff Cohen
Clark "Mouth" Devereaux Corey Feldman
Andrea "Andy" Carmichael Kerri Green
Stephanie "Stef" Steinbrenner Martha Plimpton
Richard "Data" Wang Jonathan Ke Huy Quan
Sloth Fratelli John Matuszak
Jake Fratelli Robert Davi
Francis Fratelli Joe Pantoliano
Mama Fratelli Anne Ramsey

 

Review

This children's adventure yarn with something of a cult-following is remarkably giddy and insipid in tone and production values. It runs like a haunted-house attraction in a theme-park, and the noise-level is accordingly. Nevertheless, the film does have a childish charm and not insignificant entertainment value for kids in the right age group, meaning tweens, and middle-agers who were young in 1985. The script by Chris Colombus, based on a story by Steven Spielberg, feels like some sort of mock-exam for Home Alone. And apropos the latter movie, God knows that Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano are more annoying than Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The direction is by Richard Donner, who seems to have gone for effort over quality. The ensemble of child actors give it their all, with Sean Astin standing out as the most talented among them, but Donner cannot quite muster any naturalness out of his two comic-reliefs Jeff Cohen and Jonathan Ke Huy Quan.

Copyright 01.02.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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