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Steven Spielberg’s teen movie The Goonies became an instant classic when it was released in the US summer of 1985.  

And while the Goonies 2 looks set to be made and released in time for the 30th anniversary in 2015, we don’t think there was ever any reason to mess with the time-honoured film.

Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldmen and Martha Plimpton, The Goonies saw seven friends go on a mission to find the pirate One Eyed Willie’s long lost treasure, to save their families from losing their homes.

The backdrop to the film was the wet Oregon seaside town of Astoria, but all the action took place below ground in a booby-trapped riddled tunnel built by the 17th century pirate.

Led by Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsay), the evil Fratelli family tracking the kids down to beat them to the pirate’s booty was super exciting, but it was the friendships that developed through the film that made The Goonies awesome.

Here’s our 10 moments and characters that defined the movie.

1. The Goonies: Mikey, Chunk, Mouth and Data

The four young friends that start the quest to find the treasure were adorable and had the best lines in the film.

Chunk, Mikey, Mouth and Data. Photo: Supplied
Chunk, Mikey, Mouth and Data. Photo: Supplied

2. Mikey

Mikey (Sean Astin) was the heart and soul of The Goonies and was the only reason they embark on the adventure to save their families’ homes. He also got his first kiss courtesy of his brother’s girlfriend.

Sean Astin spent much of the movie sucking on his asthma puffer.
Sean Astin spent much of the movie sucking on his asthma puffer. Photo: Supplied

3. Mouth and the maid

Mouth (Corey Feldman) was the sass talking Spanish-American kid who terrorised Mikey’s mother’s new maid, Rosalita, in one of the opening scenes. He was cheeky and hilarious and taught children the names of a lot of drugs they had probably never heard of.

4. The Fratellis

With a mother that looked like a man and a giant, disfigured son that was chained up in a basement, the Fratellis were as bad as it got.

5. Chunk regurgitating his sins

Who could forget Chunk, memorably played by Jeff Cohen, confessing every single one of his sins to the Fratellis while they threatened his fingers with a rusty blender.

6. Sloth

Kids everywhere were initially terrified of Sloth Fratelli (John Matuszak), but the friendship he struck up with Chunk and his hero moment at the end of the film were truly heartwarming.

7. One Eyed Willie’s booby traps

One Eyed Willie only appeared in one scene, and he was hundreds of years dead, but he will be forever remembered for the booby traps he left behind to protect his treasure laden ship.

The Goonies at the piano trap left by the pirate One Eyed Willy. Photo: AAP
The Goonies at the piano trap left by the pirate One Eyed Willy. Photo: AAP

8. The romance

Who didn’t love Andy (Kerri Green) and Brand getting together? She was the gorgeous cheerleader trying to get away from the loathsome Troy, and Brand was the gorgeous, down-to-earth boy next door.

Andy and Brand seal their romance with a kiss. Photo: AAP
Andy and Brand seal their romance with a kiss. Photo: AAP

9. The Truffle Shuffle

Chunk once again stole the show with his belly jelly dance.

10. Cyndi Lauper’s theme song The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough

Watch the whole video to catch a glimpse of a very young Steven Spielberg.

What your favourite Goonies moment? Tell us below. 

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