(9.11) This week’s installment of Movies on the Block is the 1985 kids action/comedy “The Goonies.” Written but not directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie became the quotable nostalgia wallow of Gen Xers everywhere. The New York Times had this to say,
The Goonies themselves are a band of small-town Oregon kids whose neighborhood is about to be razed to make way for a golf course. This information, and everything else about the plot, is delivered as breathless, overlapping babble rather than through clear exposition.
Adding that “There isn’t a child in America who won’t want to see ‘The Goonies’ this summer.” Some members of the largely unknown cast grew into their faces, and adult acting careers: Sean Astin, Martha Plimpton, Josh Brolin. Anne Ramsey had already grown into her face and pushed clear through it and out the other side.
(Director Richard Donner suggested in April that a sequel is going to happen.)
“Well, what are you guys waiting for, an invitation?”
Running time 111 minutes. Rated PG.
Dusk, Thursday, September 11, Grant’s Block, 260 Westminster at Union Street, (directions)