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The Goonies (1985)
The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner, who produced with Harvey Bernhard. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. A band of pre-teens who live in the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, attempt to save their homes from demolition, and, in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. During the entire adventure, they are chased by a family of criminals, who also want the treasure for themselves. Warner Bros. released it on June 7, 1985, in the United States. The film grossed $61.5 million worldwide and has become a cult film.

Astoria, Oregon:
Fall, 1985. A jailhouse.

Scene 1:
Interior Jailhouse

A jail guard unlocks a cell block to call the inmates out for their



Lunch time.

Inmates exit their cells and are murmuring amongst themselves.


The longer you animals bark the colder your lunch gets. Come on, move

it out! (Looks toward the last occupied cell) You too down there.

(Walks down the cellblock) Hey turkey...

Guard walks down to an open cell where the expected inmate has not

emerged. He walks in and discovers that the inmate, Jake Fratelli, has

apparently hung himself. There is a note taped to his chest reading,

"To whom it may concern". The guard removes it, turns it over and

reads the back.


"You schmuck. Do you really think I'd be stupid enough to kill

myself?" (Repeats last two words to himself in bewilderment) Kill


Jake was alive. He opens his eyes, cocks his head and grins,

assaulting the unsuspecting guard, knocking him out. Jake untangles

himself from his makeshift gallows, removing a pipe assembly from his

beltline which supported his weight.

Scene 2:
Exterior Jailhouse

Francis Fratelli, Jake's brother, is pouring a ring of gasoline around

the front entrance, while their mother, Mama Fratelli, waits anxiously

behind the wheel of their ORV.

Mama F:

Come on!

Francis throws the empty gasoline can in the back of the ORV and then

jumps into the passenger seat, loading a semi-automatic pistol. Jake

hurries down the front steps of the jailhouse in his street clothes.

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Chris Columbus

Chris Joseph Columbus (born September 10, 1958) is an American filmmaker. Columbus is known for directing movies such as Home Alone (1990), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002); and for writing movies such as Gremlins (1984) and The Goonies (1985). Home Alone received a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film. Columbus received an Academy Award nomination for producing The Help (2011). more…

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