Top 25 Outdoor Movie: The Goonies

The next film on the Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time is The Goonies, the 1985 adventure-comedy film directed by Richard Donner and produced by Stephen Spielberg. Besides this film being loved by kids everywhere, there are several reasons why it made the Top 25 list, but before we tell you why, here's the theatrical release trailer:

The Goonies follows a group of kids in Astoria Oregon, who are about to have their homes demolished by the local Astoria Country Club. They find an old pirate map that leads to the treasure of "One Eyed Willie", and realize that if they find the treasure, they might be able to save their homes from destruction.

They find the first coordinates match up with an old abandoned restaurant by the sea, and discover a cavern beneath the restaurant.As they evade a criminal family who seems to also be after the treasure, they are chased further into the cavern.

This sets off a series of booby-traps and close calls that make the movie fun and exciting, and will make your audience both laugh and shriek (but mostly laugh). This movie is a really great pick for outdoor cinema.

As with all the other movies on our Top 25 list, this movie is almost universally loved by everyone! Kids will really enjoy the film, and it will bring back some nostalgia for younger parents and those who were around when the film was released.

There are plenty of pre-movie activities that could be done with Goonies. You could set up obstacle courses with prizes for kids who can complete the games, and you could hand out chocolate gold coins as treats for movie-goers. Again, this film will really draw a crowd, and you won't regret screening it in your community.

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