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The Goonies

Year: 1985
Production Co: Amblin
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Richard Donner
Producer: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Steven Spielberg/Chris Columbus
Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Ke Huy Quan, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey, Martha Plimpton
It's no secret among even the casual filmgoer that both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg had love affairs with the Saturday morning matinees of their youth.

They shared their love of the form with us in some of the films that have defined the medium of cinema over the last 30 years and it took quite a long time to get it out of their systems, even collaborating on a project that pretty much directly homaged the movie theatre serials of old with Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Spielberg took what was probably $20-30m in those days and had one more group hug with the distinctive genre of the action thriller tinged with a strong Famous Five hue. Even though he passed the megaphone to Superman helmer Richard Donner, you can see his fingerprints all over it and it remains one of his few writing credits.

It could almost have been called The Young Indiana Jones' as a group of kids plunge into an underground world in search of pirate's treasure, chased the whole way by fearsome mobsters.

Glorious, whip-wielding, whooping-out-loud fun starring a future hobbit, a washed up child actor with a Michael Jackson fetish and the kid who'd played Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Together with another Spielberg project about a flying DeLorean, it owned the summer of 1985.

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