Vintage films always have a place in the heart of movie fans, and they will want to know more about their favorite movie from the ’80s. One such question which the fans have been asking was where was Goonies Filmed. This article will be looking at Goonies Filming locations and everything you need to know about this 1985 American adventure comedy film. The film co-produced and directed by Richard Donner and screenplay by Chris Columbus is based on kids who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon. The kids are trying to save their homes from foreclosure.
Things take an unexpected turn when they discover an old treasure map, which takes them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. But their path to the treasure was not an easy one as, during their way to finding the treasure, they came across criminals who were also set to get the treasure. The kids call their group the Goonies, including Mikey Walsh, the optimist lead Goonie, his older brother Brandon, the inventive Data, the talkative Mouth, and the klutz Chunk. They all gather for a final weekend together before the closure of their homes.
Goonies Filming Locations
Some parts of the Goonies were filmed in Astoria. The scene where we see Jake Fratelli being holder at the start of the film was filmed at the old Clatsop County Jail. This location was later converted into the Oregon Film Museum, which opened on the same day as the movie marked its 25th-anniversary memorabilia from this and other local films.
The museum where Mikey’s father works were filmed at the Captain George Flavel House Museum. The Walsh family home in the movie was not a set but was a real home located on the eastern end of the town. But if you are planning to visit this location, then you are about to get disappointed as the road leading to the home was closed to tours in 2015.
The scenes which involved the coast were filmed in Oregon. The Goonies bicycle to Ecola State Park and then find the starting location of the map using Haystack Rock as a guide. The Underground scenes that we see in the movie were filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. The scene where the Goonies find One-Eyed Willy’s ship was filmed at Stage 16 of Warner Bros Studio, one of the largest sound stages in the United States. The final scene in the movie was shot at Goat Rock State Beach in Sonoma County, California.
The Principal photography of the movie began on October 22, 1984, and lasted for five months. Other than that, an additional six weeks were taken to complete the audio dubbing, and recordings were used. Even though there were many scenes in the shooting script, many of them were cut off as the script was very lengthy, reaching more than 120 pages.
In the documentary The Making of The Goonies, Director Richard Donner opened up that he faced both the difficulties and pleasures while working with so many child actors. He praised them for their energy and excitement, but at the same time, said they were also unruly to bring together. He usually coached them and even revealed some techniques that he used to create realistic performances.
One of these tricks he used was while filming the One-Eyed Willy’s pirate ship, a full-sized replica of a pirate ship created under the direction of production designer J. Michael Riva. Donner didn’t allow the actors to see the ship until they filmed the scene wherein it is revealed to their characters. Just like the characters view it for the first time, the actors were also viewing it for the first time, thus bringing a more realistic performance.