Monday, June 07, 2010

"Hey you guyssss!" Celebrating 25 years of THE GOONIES

1985 was a year full of awesome for a 10 year old kid.  Some of my favorite movies of ALL TIME were released that year (see list below)  Granted, I didn't get to see all of these in their original release.  Thank goodness our family got a VCR around this time (but not one of the cool top loading ones... no no, we stuck to the traditional front loaders).

Exactly 25 years ago today one of the best movies ever made was released and for the last 25 years kids (and adults) everywhere have dreamt of the chance to go on such an incredible adventure.  The Washington Post had a great piece today talking about how The Goonies has impacted the city of Astoria, Oregon (the location of the film) and how thousands have gathered in town this weekend for the 25th Anniversary celebration (er, pilgrimage).  Click the YouTube video at the bottom for an interview with Jeff Cohen (Chunk) and Curt Hanson (Mr. Perkins) regarding the 25th Anniversary.

I remember arguing with my mom later that year, November to be exact, begging her to let me watch the broadcast of the movie (note: we either did not yet have the VCR or the VHS was not out yet).  But North and South was airing the same night and she had a movie star crush on Patrick Swayze... I was not winning this battle.  The movie was so important to me because I was a 10 year old starving for excitement.  The Goonies had the ability, like Back to the Future or Weird Science, to take me to a different world where adventure was the only option and hilarity ruled supreme!

I raise a glass of lemonade to you Goonies!  May your hold on my imagination never wane.

As promised... check out this list of kick-ass movies that came out in 1985.  Now, turn on your Netflix, initiate your iTunes  or bolt on down to your nearest Blockbuster and commence euphoria!
The Black Cauldron
Back to the Future
The Breakfast Club
The Care Bears Movie
Clue: The Movie
National Lampoon's European Vacation
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
King Solomon's Mines
Mad Max 2
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Police Academy 2
Real Genius
Return to Oz
Santa Claus: The Movie
Teen Wolf
Toxic Avenger
Transylvania 6-5000
Weird Science

Click below to watch "Goonies 25th Anniversary: Interview with Chunk and Mr. Perkins".

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