Ear: Goonies

‘Thanks to the Goonies fan ‘Mark’ (aka TheUKGoonie) we are able to see this rare 35mm early promotional teaser trailer (1985) played to movie-going audiences,” Fred China (aka The French Goonie) posted on his fan site Goonies1632.com (bit.ly/goonteasr). A still shot from the teaser is shown, courtesy of Goonies1632.com

“It gives nothing away in terms of what the movie was about,” Fred explained, “(which was a very closely guarded secret) … “

As the titles of successful movies made famous by the Goonies producer and director flow by, one letter is plucked from each one — “Gremlins,” “The Omen, Raiders of the LOst Ark,” “Close ENcounters of the Third Kind,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “E. T.,” “Superman” — to create the word Goonies.

Once the word is formed, a voice intones: “Two men, who put excitement into movies, are bringing you a new motion picture, and adventure is getting a new name, as Steven Spielberg presents ‘The Goonies,’ a Richard Donner film. Take the oath. Join the adventure.” Fade to black.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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