The Goonies

New this month Question: How did One Eyed Willie's treasure map, the key and the story get out if Willie had been caved in for all these years?

New this month Answer: According to Mikey and Mr. Walsh, one of his crewmen must have taken the map and fled when One Eyed Willie was murdering his crew. This is substantiated in the novelization.

Question: Can someone please translate into English what Data says after he says "Wow!"?

Chosen answer: He says, "He is a big strong man."

Question: Heres something I never quite understood. Back in One-eyed Willie's day it seems they were Spanish speaking. What with the Spanish Armada and all. So why is it that the Treasure Map is written in Spanish, but rhymes in English?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: Well, his ship is hidden in America where the people spoke english, so perhaps it was done for the benefit of those who were most likely to find the map. Must have been his idea of a joke.Actually though, I'm betting it was the result of the filmmakers not thinking that through.


Question: Is there any reason why we never saw Data fall out of the water tubes? We saw everyone except him.

Chosen answer: There's probably no reason other than editing issues to trim film's running time and keep the action moving. It's not necessary to show every character doing the same thing. It can become boring and repetitious for the audience.


Question: At the end, when they see the ship floating away, Data says "Wow" followed by something in Chinese. However, what he says is subtitled in Chinese instead of English. Why subtitle Chinese dialogue with Chinese? Was there a reason the filmmakers did that? Some joke I missed?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: "Wow" is English, its simply a film joke. Whenever Datas parents speak in their native tongue, it puts English subtitles onscreen, and as a joke when Data responds in English it puts the translation in Chinese.


Question: Does anyone know the latest news on a possible Goonies sequel? After researching on the internet, the latest I can find is a Youtube interview in November 2007 with Josh Brolin, confirming that it was going into production - however, the same source suggests that he was only joking.

Chosen answer: While most of those involved in the original have shown great interest in the possibility of a sequel, at this particular point in time, Warner Bros, who hold the rights to the original film and any possible sequels have not given any indication that they like the idea of doing one. It's possible that this might change at some point; DVD sales of the original movie have been very good, which could obviously catch the eye of an executive or two, but at the moment there's been no apparent movement towards a possible production.


Question: Why in the Special Edition DVD does Sean Astin leave the audio commentary booth early? Was he annoyed at something?

Katheryn Darmanin

Chosen answer: One of them says "He had to go and do..." and Richard Donner sort of looks at him with understanding and nods his head. So I guess he had someother engagement. Something Lord of the Rings related perhaps?

Soylent Purple

Question: Anyone know why the scene with the Octopus was deleted for the DVD? Data mentions it and it is a continuity error on this site, I just want to know why they would have deleted it.


Chosen answer: It wasn't deleted for the DVD, it was never shown in the cinema or VHS either. The quality of the special effects octopus was such low quality, that they decided not to include it in the final cut of the film.

Soylent Purple

Question: At the end of the movie, Data says something out loud as Willie's ship is sailing in the distance. When he says it, it is subtitled in Chinese/Cantonese. What does he say?


Chosen answer: He says 'WOW' this is seen in the DVD version with the english translation to what he is saying.

Question: On the DVD audio commentary,when all the actors are introducing himself. Sean Astin introduces himself as 'a well fed Sean Penn.' Why?

Chosen answer: He resembles Sean Penn only fatter.


Question: What exactly is the "water" that Mama Fratelli serves the Goonies?

Chosen answer: It really is water, but since the restaurant hasn't been in operation for some time, residue and grime have built up in the pipes, causing the water to be discolored.


Question: What happened to the deformed guy that made him the way he is?

Chosen answer: It is mentioned by his other two brothers, he was dropped as a baby which clearly had physical and mental effects on him.

David Mercier

Question: On the PAL version (just released), how do you get to the Audio Commentary?

Chosen answer: Some copies of the DVD have been accidentally released without an Audio Commentary. If you can't find it on yours, it's likely you've bought one of the defective copies. You're best off returning into to the store you bought it from and exchanging it, or writing to the distributors themselves and getting it replaced.



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Mouth: Is this supposed to be water?
Mama Fratelli: It's wet, ain't it? Drink it!



During the jail breakout, when Jake tries to open the ORV's door, in the shot facing Francis he is holding the gun in his left hand as he tries to open the door for his brother with his right hand. In the next shot facing Jake just before shouts, "I don't have the handle, open the lock!" Francis's gloved left hand is empty, and next shot, the gun can be seen in his right hand.



In the scene when Chunk confesses to the Fratellis, he starts crying. Jeff Cohen had to think of his mother dying to generate tears.