Movies We Love Presents: THE GOONIES (1985)

October 10, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Movies We Love and Warner Bros. Pictures invite you and a guest to attend a special retrospective screening of

The Goonies (1985)

Directed by Richard Donner
Screenplay by Chris Columbus | Story by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Richard Donner and Harvey Bernhard
Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg,
Frank Marshall, and Kathleen Kennedy

Followed by a Q&A with Richard Donner
Moderated by SCA Alumnus Timothy Dowling

7:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About The Goonies (1985)

The combined talents of Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, and Chris Columbus, created this box office hit that delights the young and the young at heart. When a group of ordinary kids discover a secret treasure map, their sleepy seaport lives are suddenly transformed into a fun-filled, roller-coaster ride filled with heart-pounding adventure and peril.

Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Rated PG. Running time: 115 minutes.


About the Guests

RICHARD DONNER (Director, Producer)

Director/producer Richard Donner is the creative force behind some of the most popular movies of the last twenty years: “The Omen”, “Superman”, “Goonies,” “Free Willy”, the “Lethal Weapon” series and “Maverick”.

His career started in front of the camera as an actor in Martin Ritt’s television production of W. Somerset Maugham’s “Of Human Bondage”. After this brief stint, Ritt gave him a piece of advice that was to change his life. “Marty told me I’d never make it as an actor because I couldn’t take direction,” recalled Donner, “but he thought I could give it, so he offered me a job as his assistant.” Donner continued assisting Ritt and many other great live television directors.After moving to Los Angeles, he won the assignment of directing his friend Steve McQueen for the television series “Wanted: Dead or Alive”. In 1961, he directed Charles Bronson in “X-15”, a melodrama about Air Force test pilots. He continued directing such television series as “The Twilight Zone”, “The Fugitive”, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “Kojak”.

During the 1970’s, Donner directed several acclaimed movies-of-the-week, and in 1975 directed his first successful major feature, “The Omen”, which was released the following year to record-setting business. He next took on the task of transferring the adventures of the most popular pulp hero in five decades to film. Under his direction, “Superman - The Movie” became one of the all-time biggest international hits.

Four films followed the success of “Superman”: “Inside Moves”; “The Toy” starring Jackie Gleason and Richard Pryor; “Ladyhawk”, by far his favorite for many reasons, (most importantly because he fell in love with producer Lauren Shuler, who later became his wife) and “The Goonies”, produced with Steven Spielberg.

In “Lethal Weapon”, Donner introduced two cops who would become the Cinema’s most popular crime fighting duo, played by Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. “Lethal Weapon 2” proved even more successful, and the two stars teamed up for “Lethal Weapon 3”, released in May of 1992, which went on to become one of the highest grossing pictures of all time, earning over $150 million.

Donner also produced and directed “Scrooged”, starring Bill Murray and the affecting “Radio Flyer” and executive produced the thriller, “Lost Boys”, directed by Joel Schumacher. He served as executive producer on the HBO television series, “Tales From the Crypt,” (for which he directed the pilot) and the Saturday morning cartoon of the same name.

Donner executive produced the hit family movies: “Free Willy”, “Free Willy 2”, and “Free Willy 3”. He directed and produced “Maverick,” starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, “Assassins,” starring Antonio Banderas and Sylvester Stallone, and “Conspiracy Theory,” starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts.

“Lethal Weapon 4”, with all the favorites, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo and Joe Pesci, was released in July of 1998, this time introducing Chris Rock and Jet Li. The Lethal Weapon quartet has grossed close to a billion dollars.

His film, “Timeline”, based on the Michael Crichton novel for Paramount Pictures, was released in early 2004.

Donner’s film, “16 Blocks”, written by Richard Wenk, starring Bruce Willis, Mos Def and David Morse, opened in March 2006.“Superman II, The Richard Donner Cut” was released in November, 2006.

TIMOTHY DOWLING (Moderator/SCA Alumnus)

Timothy Dowling is a graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. As an actor he was in the films: The Beautician and the Beast, Dr. Benny, and Terminator 3. As a screenwriter he was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch and listed last year in Fade In's Top 100 People In Hollywood. He has written the films Role Models, Just Go With It, and This Means War, as well as the recent Pixels directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad, and the forthcoming Another Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro. Timothy is also on the Board of the USC School of Cinematic Arts as well as being their representative on the USC Alumni Board of Governors. In 2012 he proudly donated a Urinal to the School that bears his name.

About Movies We Love -- A message from Timothy Dowling, USC Alum, Screenwriter, and SCA Representative on the USC Board of Governors

One of the my favorite things about going to USC was in film classes occasionally you’d see a movie that you’d never seen before or one you’d never seen on the big screen and then it would become one of your favorite movies for the rest of your life.

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that occasionally we get to see great movies up on the big screen and occasionally have those that made the films come and speak. This is something really unique to our city and doesn’t really happen anywhere else in the world.

So when the Cinema School asked me to represent them on the Alumni Board of Governors, the first thing I wanted to do was start a program at the school where we show great movies that we love and get people that worked on them to come to campus and speak about them.

It’s called MOVIES WE LOVE. And the hope is to just show you movies that we love that maybe you love also or have never seen or never seen on the big screen.

Hope to see you there. And FIGHT ON,

Timothy Dowling

Check-In & Reservations


Please bring a valid USC or State ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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