LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 08: Steven Spielberg attends Hammer Museum's 18th Annual Gala in the Garden on October 08, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Hammer Museum)
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The Goonies All Started With A Simple Question In Steven Spielberg's Mind
"The Goonies" is a classic childhood adventure, as a group of young friends searches for a hidden treasure to save their neighborhood from being demolished. The film was directed by Richard Donner and penned by Chris Columbus, but Steven Spielberg, the film's executive producer, came up with the story while working on another movie.
The popular belief is that the movie Spielberg was filming at the time is the period drama "The Color Purple," and the question he asked himself that led to "The Goonies" is one that perhaps aspiring child psychologists should use for their dissertations. This simple question was, "what kind of wild adventures do kids get into on rainy days?"
Though Spielberg didn't direct the movie, he was very involved in bringing the story to the screen. Rainy days are typically boring, and it takes one heck of an imagination to come up with a story about a band of kids who go on a wild treasure hunt to save their neighborhood while fighting off an Italian crime family.