20 Mistakes From "The Goonies"
Released in 1985, “The Goonies” is a cult classic co-produced and directed by Richard Donner and executive producer Steven Spielberg. While it has made the list of Rolling Stone's 25 greatest movies of the 1980s, there are several mistakes that have been noticed throughout the movie. Let’s have a look at 20 of the most noticeable filming errors of “The Goonies”.
THE GOONIES: PLOT
The movie follows a group of friends who find themselves on an adventure after discovering an old map that leads them into the unknown. The young children decide to follow the map in order to see what they can find out, however, the turn of events leaves them in a situation they could not expect.
Many of the actors that took part in this movie have actually become quite famous and been cast in successful productions. Over three decades have passed since the movie was released, so let’s have a look at what “The Goonies” themselves have been up and where their careers led them.
SEAN ASTIN / MIKEY
With his acting debut in “The Goonies”, Sean Astin has become one of the most successful cast members. He went on to be part of “Toy Soldiers” (1991), “Rudy” (1993) and played the role of Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. More recently he has made appearances in series like “Stranger Things” and “No Good Nick”.
JOSH BROLIN / BRAND
Some years after the movie's released, Brolin started working as a day trader, however, in 2007 he made his big comeback to Hollywood. He appeared in popular productions like “No Country for Old Men”, “W.”, “Milk”, “Oldboy”, and “Inherent Vice”. He was also cast in superhero movies such as “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Deadpool 2”, and “Avenger: End Game”.
COREY FELDMAN / MOUTH
Probably the most well-known child actor of the time, Corey Feldman went on to work in movies that allowed him to establish himself as a household name. He appeared in “Stand By Me”, “The Lost Boys”, and “License to Drive”. After some personal problems that impacted his career negatively, Feldman moved into reality television with “The Surreal Life”.
JEFF COHEN / CHUNK
Jeff Cohen continued his acting career just for a couple of years after “The Goonies”. He worked on “Ask Max” and some television productions, however, he quickly left this profession behind and focused on his academic studies. He became an entertainment lawyer and has also been collaborating with some online publications such as “The Huffington Post”.
JONATHAN KE QUAN / DATA
After “The Goonies”, Jonathan Ke Quan made some small appearances in cinema and television. He was part of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Head of the Class”, and “Encino Man”. After leaving acting behind, he pursued a career behind the cameras, where he worked as a stunt coordinator for movies such as “X-Men” and “The One”.
KERRI GREEN / ANDY
“The Goonies” was also Kerri Green’s debut on the big screen, having later appeared in “Summer Rental” and “Lucas”. While Kerri still made some further steps in the industry, by taking part in “Mad About You” and “Murder, She Wrote”, she left acting behind and founded a production company called Independent Women Artists, which was responsible for the movie “Bellyfruit”.
MARTHA PLIMPTON / STEF
Martha Plimpton was no stranger to fame when she took the role in “The Goonies”, and she would keep being in the limelight during the upcoming years. She was part of “The Mosquito Coast” and “Running on Empty” in the 1980s, and more recently made appearances in television series such as “Raising Hope”, “The Good Wife”, and the “Real O’Neals”.
THE MISTAKES THAT MADE IT TO THE MOVIE (SPOILER ALERT)
Being one of the most-watched movies in the 1980s, “The Goonies” is to many their fave childhood movie, however, did you ever notice how many mistakes there were in the movie? From audio issues to continuity errors that just don’t make sense, let’s have a look at 20 of the errors that you probably didn’t see!
CALLING OUT THE WRONG NAME
In one of the scenes where the Goonies are having an argument in the basement of the restaurant, Mikey, who is played by Sean Astin, calls Josh Brolin by his real-life name, instead of using his character’s name - Brad. We wonder if no one in the team noticed it or if they just didn’t want to retake the scene.
WHO IS SINGING?
During a scene where Chunk stops a car to ask for help, he encounters Jake Fratelli. In the audio, we can hear Jake singing in Italian, however, if we focus on the side mirror of the car, we can see Jake with a cigarette in his mouth. Where was the singing coming from?
THE TYPO THAT MADE IT TO THE SCREEN
In one of the scenes, there is a newspaper with a picture of Chester Copperpot and a caption underneath it. It seems that someone didn’t proofread that newspaper, as the caption reads “I have they key” instead of “I have the key”.
THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS
In the scene where Mouth is trying to flatten the tire on Brand’s bike, he only takes the valve caps off. For those who don’t know how a bike’s tire works, it is necessary to depress the valve itself for any air to be let out. Removing the valve cap will not change anything about the tire pressure.
THE MOUTH IS NOT MOVING
Several audio problems were flagged in “The Goonies”, perhaps it was a technology issue we just don’t have today. During a scene in the kitchen, we can hear Mikey speaking about the map, however, his face is not moving in accordance with someone who is talking.
A QUICK OUTFIT CHANGE
In the scene where the Fratellis are trying to make the Goonies walk the plank on the Spanish ship, Sloth is wearing boots. Just moments later, the boots are gone, and he is now wearing sneakers. Outfit errors are some of the most common mistakes in movies, as the scenes are not always filmed one after the other.
GLASS IS ACTUALLY REFLECTIVE
Just less than ten minutes into the movie, shortly after the Truffle Shuffle scene, Chunk is walking into Walsh’s house, which has a window on the right. If you look closely you can actually see the reflection of the filming crew and their equipment.
THE DISTANCE DOESN’T ALWAYS MAKE SENSE
One of the main issues fans encountered in the movie is the impossibility of some scenes. For instance, the Goonies rode their bikes from Astoria to Cannon Beach, which is a distance of thirty miles. They then go down a tunnel that goes under the Astoria Country Club, which would be impossible due to the distance.
IS IT DUBBING?
At a little after 47 minutes of the movie, the Goonies are in the cave just starting their trek. We can hear Andy talk, however, her mouth doesn’t align with all the words she is saying. Were they dubbing the voice over the filmed scene? We will never know!
THE CREW SEEMS TO REALLY WANT TO BE IN THE MOVIE
In the scene where Jake is running out of the Country Jail, we can once again see the reflection of cameras and other equipment, as well as the crew themselves. We are sure that there are many other occasions where this happened, so if you watch the movie just make sure to pay attention to reflective props.
WHY ARE THE ROCKS NOT SINKING?
While the Goonies are in the cave, two big rocks fall from the ceiling and hit the water, however, they then resurface and are floating on the water. Of course, the crew probably used foam rocks to protect the actors, nevertheless, they should have removed that part from the final version.
YOU CAN’T USE A BULLET TO SPARK FIRE
When Jake is leaving the jail, Francis leaves some gasoline on the floor and shoots it with a gun to ignite it. This is something impossible to do, as there won’t be any sparks from a bullet hitting the floor and, even if there were, they wouldn’t be big enough to ignite a fire.
There is a lot of chasing around in the underground tunnels, which include a waterfall, a well, and a water slide. While Mama Fratelli runs through the water on several occasions during her pursuit of the Goonies, she never appears wet throughout the movie.
WHAT DID HE SAY?
At around 22 minutes into the movie, we can see Chunk’s mouth movie, as if he is saying something while the map is moving down, uncovering his face. Nevertheless, there is no audio associated with what he was saying. We can’t help but wonder what it was!
IS EVERYTHING WATERPROOF?
During a scene where Troy’s father and his associate are delivering the foreclosure paperwork, you can hear the rain in the background and both men are using umbrellas. Nevertheless, the sidewalk is dry, the car in which they rode is also dry, and it doesn’t seem like it rained at all.
THE MAP HAD A FACELIFT
When the Goonies first find the map in the attic, it looks very old and has usage marks, such as holes and red spots on it. Once they move to the kitchen to have a better look at it, the map looks much better, clean, and not as old as it used to be.
A TIME BEFORE CGI
During the moment when Sloth is trying to rescue Stef and Mouth from the plank, it is clear that whatever he is saving are not people. Gladly technology has helped us have more realistic scenes in movies nowadays, however, back then they had to make do with mock-ups.
WHO CLOSED THE DOOR?
In the scene in which Rosalita and Mrs. Walsh are leaving, the screen door is not closing, and so they just leave it open. However, when the Goonies return because the doorbell rang, the screen door was closed. How did that happen and who did it?
In the Spanish scene where Mouth is speaking, you can hear someone else saying “wow”. Mrs. Walsh was speaking at that time, however, the voice heard is clearly from a man. So, who said it? We wonder if it was a crew member that was just impressed with Mouth’s Spanish skills.
THEY JUST CAN’T SEEM TO GET HIS NAME RIGHT
Throughout the movie, there are several moments where Brand is called by his real name. We mentioned one of those occasions before, but it also happened when Data told Brand to not touch an item in the attic, telling him “don’t touch it, Josh”.
Even today, modern movies are filled with mistakes, and sometimes we just don’t notice them because we are so into the storyline. Did you see any other filming error in “The Goonies”? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to share this story with your friends!