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Sistersville Parks and Recreation Digs Up the Goonies

By Staff | Mar 1, 2017

Photo by Miles Layton No, these are not those Goonies from the movie — all grown up. Instead, these are the folks who make the marbles like the ones seen in the movie. Marble King owner Beri Fox, Ronnie Wright, Danny Frazier and Bill Willey are modern day Goonies who never say die when it comes to making marbles.

SISTERSVILLE — A little bit of movie magic owes its applause to Marble King.

When the “Goonies” makes its way to the silver screen at 7 p.m. Saturday at the library, film buffs will be able to see the role marbles played in the movie.

“Stephen Spielberg was fascinated by marbles,” said Beri Fox, owner of Marble King, whose parents Roger and Jean Howdyshell attended the premier of the 80s’ hit. “It was a great project and my parents had a terrific time.”

“Goonies” kicks off a series of movies each Saturday at the library hosted by Sistersville Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with Sistersville Public Library and the Tyler County Prevention Coalition. As a parent, you can’t beat free movies, games and prizes.

Everyone who attends the “Goonies” will be treated to a free bag of Marble King marbles, as well as some delicious Baby Ruths a good idea that will make a lot of sense later as you watch the movie.

Goonies' memorabilia

“The Goonies is one of those timeless films that people of all ages can enjoy,” said Alex King, a key organizer of the event. “It’s content can be ornery, with a bit of strong language, but there is so much heart in the story. It’s about friendship, a sense of adventure, and pushing forward when things get tough. The Tyler County Prevention Coalition will be there to hand out gift bags and information. If you’ve never seen the Goonies, now is the perfect opportunity. If you have seen the Goonies, then you’ll want to enjoy it with family, friends, and others in the community.”

Fox will give a presentation before the film about how the family business was involved with the Spielberg production.

“I’m going to do a brief talk about Marble King’s part in the movie and give kids a little bit of history about their local community,” she said.

The “Goonies” is one of those rare movies and you know which ones they are that come on certain television channels that you can’t help but watch.

“It’s one of my favorite movies because the characters are so diverse and mesh well together,” King said. “Similar stories have been told, and the circumstances are farfetched, but the characters make it so real and enjoyable.”

Now that the essentials about where, when and how are out of the way, it’s time for a fractured movie review.

For those who haven’t seen the Goonies a few dozen times, the plot revolves around a family about to lose their home to foreclosure as a golf course expands in their neck of the woods of Astoria, Oregon.

Pay close attention to the beach because you’ll notice that scenes from the Goonies takes place at the same place where all those werewolves and vampires played in “Twilight”.

A pirate named One Eye Willy buried his massive treasure in a cave that a group of kids, who named their club themselves the Goonies, wanted to find so as to save the family home.

Rich versus poor was a common theme in the 80s, so the only thing missing from the movie was Karate Kid’s blonde jerk Johnny Lawrence, but the cast of the Goonies alone should be a reason to watch.

The lead Goonie was Sean Astin or Mikey was from the movie. Astin was that fat hobbit from the Rings’ movies and also that tough little scrapper “Rudy”, who aspired to play football for Notre Dame. “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!”

One of the Corey boys from the 80s was in that movie. There were a couple of Coreys’ back then, but it was Corey Feldman, who had parts in “Lost Boys” and “Stand by Me.”

Note also, a young Josh Brolin, who plays Mikey’s older brother Brand, is the heart throb in this teen flick. Whatever. He’s no Jake Ryan from “Sixteen Candles”. Brolin’s film career since the Goonies is epic. He was young Agent K from “Men in Black 3” and the supervillian Thanos from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Speaking of villains, Anne Ramsey plays Mama Fratelli, the leader of a group of idiots who are up to no good. It’s hard to watch Ramsey without thinking of her presence from “Throw Momma From the Train” when she yells, “Owen! Owen! Owen!” Chills the spine just watching that Youtube clip.

Scenes to pay attention to include the infamous “Truffle Shuffle” body shaming scene where Chunk has to debase himself all in good fun. That kid had a Baby Ruth with him that plays a big part in the movie. That’s when candy bars were gigantic!

Or there was the “Hey you guys” scene when a one-eyed giant of a man named Sloth, who had been treated cruelly by the villains comes to the rescue. Check out this dialogue when Sloth looks at his momma (Ramsey) and says, “Ma, you’ve been bad.”

Soft music plays in the background when Ramsey replies, “It’s not me. I may have been bad. I may have kept you chained in that room, but it was for your own good.”

She then starts singing “Rock a bye baby” to him when she says to her giant son with a misshapen face, “I only dropped you once, maybe twice” like it’s no big deal. Maybe taking a page from “Return of the Jedi”, Sloth picks up his manipulative momma and throws her off the side of a pirate ship into the water. I guess that beats a train. “Owen!”

Parents, there’s more than a few skeletons in the movie, but they’re not too scary.

Mikey, aka Rudy/Hobbit, had a one-sided conversation with One Eye Willy.

“You know something Willy? You’re the first Goonie,” Rudy says to the skeleton.

No Rudy, he’s not because “Goonies never say die.”

This 80s’ classic is a pure gem that is sure to offer a good time for the whole family.

Other March Movie Night offerings at 7 p.m. for the next few Saturdays at the library:

March 11 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

March 18 – The Sandlot

March 25 – Shiloh