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Every child of the 80s has a fondness in their heart for Richard Donner’s adventure, The Goonies. The film has become an indispensable bit of pop culture for everyone who grew up wishing to have their own club like Mikey and his buddies.
Here are some fun and interesting behind the scenes facts about the production of The Goonies…
1. According to Sean Astin, he was allowed to keep the treasure map used in the film. Several years later his mother Patty Duke discovered it, thought it was just a crinkled piece of paper, and threw it in the trash.
2. Richard Donner unintentionally started giggling when they filmed the scene which Chunk starts crying, when the ice cream gets taken off him by Jake and it was kept in the film. If you listen carefully, you can hear the director giggling off-screen, when Jake takes the plastic spoon off Chunk and Chunk and starts to cry.
3. John Matuszak’s Sloth makeup took 5 hours to complete. One of the eyes (which was out of place on the face) was mechanically operated off-screen by remote control. Someone would count down, and Matuszak would blink his other eye in synchronization. The cast was told not to get him wet in scenes outside of the pirate ship. Unfortunately, he got wet, delaying filming for an entire day.
4. Sloth is wearing an Oakland Raiders t-shirt. Matuszak played for the Oakland Raiders.
5. According to a website dedicated to the film, in 2002, it was mentioned on the cast list, that the skeleton of One-Eyed Willy was a man called Raul Woo who died from lead poisoning.
6. The pirate ship was entirely real. All the shots were filmed in the ship. After the film, it was offered to anyone who would take it. No one wanted it, so the ship was scrapped.
7. The cast was not allowed to see the pirate ship before the scene was shot. When they did see it, some of the kids said, “Holy shit!” The scene had to be re-shot without them cursing.
8. There is an infamous scene of an Octopus attack in the cave where the ship was located that was removed from theatrical versions. It was later added in certain home video versions.
9. This is Josh Brolin’s big-screen debut.
10. Steven Spielberg, who served as producer on the film, directed at least one scene.
11. When the boys are sitting in the living room watching MTV, they weren’t actually watching the Cyndi Lauper “Good Enough” video, which was developed six months after filming wrapped up.