'The Goonies': Echoes in pop culture

February 22, 2013 

The Goonies, i.e. Andy (Kerri Green), left, Brand (Josh Brolin), Mouth (Corey Feldman), Mikey (Sean Astin), Data (Ke Huy Quan), Chunk (Jeff Cohen) and Stef (Martha Plimpton); not pictured: Sloth

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How has The Goonies echoed in pop culture since it was released in the mid-1980s?

■ Although The Goonies was one of the Top 10 movies of 1985, a sequel has never been produced. But it has been hinted at often, particularly when Sean Astin was at the height of his Lord of the Rings fame.

■ The Scottish band The Fratellis took its name from the surname of the criminal family in The Goonies.

■ The Cartoon Network's Adult Swim show The Venture Brothers is widely thought to be a Goonies homage. It also borrows from other shows including Scooby-Doo.

■ The title of a 2003 album by The Ataris, So Long, Astoria, is an allusion to The Goonies. The families in the film were about to be evicted from their homes in Astoria, Ore.

■ Several movies have been shot in seaside Astoria including Short Circuit (1986), the Free Willy series, The Ring Two (2005) and Into the Wild (2007).

■ This was the third produced screenplay for Chris Columbus, who made quite a career for himself in youth-oriented cinema as a writer, director and producer. He wrote the first two Home Alone movies and directed the first two Harry Potter films. In 2005, he flirted with young adulthood again when he directed the film version of the Broadway hit Rent. His last directorial effort was a 2010 adaptation of the Percy Jackson youth literature series.

SOURCES: IMDB.COM, published reports

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