20 Things The Producers Of ‘The Goonies’ Kept Secret Until Now

Richard Donner’s adventure film The Goonies was one of the best movies to come out of the ’80s. The film became an instant classic and quickly established itself as a pop culture staple with its catchphrases (“Goonies never say die!”). You may be familiar with the title and general plot, but how much The Goonies trivia do you actually know?

Do you know which successful actor got his start in The Goonies? What about that one of the characters was a former NFL player? Test out your knowledge with some Goonies trivia in the slides to come. Make sure you SHARE this post with all of your movie-loving friends!


1. The Film Was Mostly Shot on Location.

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The movie shot almost entirely in sequence in Astoria, Oregon on a 5-month shooting schedule. Other locations, like the tunnels and the cave with One-Eyed Willy’s pirate ship, were shot on massive soundstages in Burbank, California.

2. The pirate ship was a pretty big deal.

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An actual pirate ship was built for the movie and none of the cast was permitted to see it before filming to maintain its allure. When the kids finally did see it for the first time several of them blurted out curse words in awe and the scene had to be re-filmed without the cursing. After filming wrapped, the ship was put on the market, but apparently, nobody had a use for a pirate ship and it was scrapped.

3. The Movie Was Steven Spielberg’s Idea

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Director Steven Spielberg has been the driving force behind some of today’s most cherished movies. Starting his directorial career back in 1968, Spielberg created such classics as Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. However, the 1980s brought about some of the most beloved cult movies that fans still love to watch to this day.

The idea for The Goonies originated with Spielberg, and he hired his protégé, filmmaker Chris Columbus (Gremlins, Home Alone), to write the screenplay. Richard Donner was brought on to direct the film, however, that did not stop Spielberg from participating too.

Though listed as the producer for the movie, Spielberg also got behind the camera to direct a scene or two. However, the majority of the directing of the film was left in the capable hands of Donner.