Sept. 4, 2020

#12 - "The Goonies" (1985) with Ron West

#12 -

1985 was a big year for movies! It was a year dominated by flying DeLoreans, Breakfast Clubs, Beverly Hills Cops, as well as massive pop artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cindy Lauper, and Prince. It was also the year of one of the greatest movie adventures of them all! The secret caves. The lost map. The hidden treasure. The Fratelli’s. What an exciting time to be alive as a kid, back when you knew it was time to get home when the streetlights came on and just riding bikes with your friends meant the world was yours to explore...until dinner time at least. 1985 was the year that Austoria, Oregan got put on the map, the “truffle shuffle” became the newest dance move, and the kids from the “goon docks” took the oath that “Goonies never say die!”

On this episode, Tim Williams and guest co-host, Ron West, share their memories of this iconic 80's classic!  They also share their favorite characters, movie moments, and behind the scenes trivia along the way.

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover on this episode:

  • The Goonies set became a Hollywood hot spot. Celebrities such as Dan Akroyd, Harrison Ford, and Pee-wee Herman all visited the set while the film was in production. Corey Feldman said that Michael Jackson hung out at the set so often that "he was basically part of the cast." Feldman recalled, "It was like we had the coolest set on the lot. Harrison Ford came and walked the caves with us. We felt like we were in Indiana Jones."
  • When the Fratelli brothers argued, Anne Ramsey really slapped Robert Davi. She was told to hit him as hard as she could.
  • Production designer J. Michael Riva said in a National Public Radio interview that, before shooting the first scenes with the prop map, he thought that it looked good but not old enough, so in his hotel room, he aged it with coffee and (when he couldn't find paint) his own blood.
  • Much of the theme music for the film comes from the 1948 "Adventure of Don Juan" (1948) starring Errol Flynn. Sloth is seen in his dungeon room watching similar swashbuckling films from the 1940s and '50s on TV and imagines himself a hero like Flynn, as evidenced by his sliding/slicing down the sail of the pirate ship near the end, which is also from another Errol Flynn film.
  • Cyndi Lauper co-wrote the theme song "Goonies 'R' Good Enough", and shot a music video that features a cameo by the film's executive producer Steven Speilberg. The 12-minute video basically tells the movie's story as a musical. Cyndi Lauper plays Cyndi (a new Goonie recruit), The Bangles play pirates, and Andre the Giant plays Sloth.

Sources: Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, (Behind the Scenes Stories That Will Make You Want To Rewatch The Goonies). (Hey You Guys, The Goonies Turn 35), YouTube – “The Goonies: Behind the Scenes Featurette” & “The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of 'The Goonies' (2010)”

Intro & Outro Music: “Total Eclipse” by Nathaniel Wyver

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