Monday, January 25, 2010
The Goonies: Treasure Time!
And who wouldn’t want to celebrate those moments, like Data (Ke Huy Quan of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” fame) sliding down into the Walsh house, right through the screen door. Or Chunk (Jeff Cohen) breaking down under torture and spilling out every bad thing he ever did (click here to view). Or even the moment we finally see the pirate ship. By the way, that was a fully-built ship, with all the masts and levels complete, sitting in a full lagoon. (It was modeled after Erroll Flynn’s ship in “The Sea Hawk,” the film Sloth watches in his cell.) No green-screen digital effects like in today’s movies (though there are some obvious painted-effects moments, but hey, it was the 80s.)
Donner and Spielberg tried to keep the filming as fun and true as possible for the kids, and you can tell in their acting. The filming mainly took place in sequential order, which is rare in films, over 5 months. None of the kids were allowed to see the pirate ship before they filmed finding it, to keep their reactions pure. Spielberg even treated them to some amazing perks during filming, like inviting Michael Jackson and his family to the set to meet them, then sending them to Dodger stadium to watch his Victory tour. Or after filming, flying them all to Hawaii to surprise Donner with a wrap party barbeque.
And this was an adventure the cast and crew never wanted to forget. Donner kept pirate One-Eyed Willie’s head and the model of the ship in his office. Sean Astin was allowed to keep the treasure map, but sadly, one day many years later, his mom Patty Duke found it and thought it was just a crumpled piece of paper and threw it away. Some of the kids even tried to take some of the doubloons home, but unfortunately they were caught and had to give them back. And if you want a truly special keepsake from this movie, try and find the 12” LP single of “Eight Arms to Hold You,” the song playing during the deleted octopus scene. Thought by the creators to become a huge dance hit, the single was cut. Unfortunately, it bombed miserably, so the LP is one of the rarest collectibles in Goonie trading.
So if you’re still in that nostalgic mood, or just want to watch something that’s about nothing but pure fun, check out “The Goonies” this week. Because Goonies never say die.
(Post-tidbit: After filming, the pirate ship was offered to anyone who would take it, but no one wanted it. Can you believe that?! Who doesn’t want their own pirate ship?!? The ship was consequently scrapped because of this. *sniff*)