“I want to be the Cecil B. DeMille of science fiction.” – Steven Spielberg
Richard Donner’s heartwarming 1985 film about a group of kids who embark on an epic treasure hunt to save their homes has become an essential classic. Alongside other masterpieces of the genre like Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me, The Goonies is a brilliant examination of childhood innocence, the significance of friendship and the magical realism of fantasy. At first glance, it seems almost inconceivable that there can be any connection between The Goonies and Steven Spielberg’s 1993 sci-fi classic Jurassic Park?
For starters, Spielberg was an executive producer and supplied the story for The Goonies upon which Chris Columbus based his screenplay. When Spielberg made Jurassic Park years later, he probably decided to sneak in an Easter Egg as a tribute to The Goonies. Spielberg’s influential sci-fi work imagined a world where technology has figured out a way to bring the dinosaurs back to life, instantly using the scientific breakthrough for crass commercialism which backfires.
In Jurassic Park, Wayne Knight plays the role of Dennis Nedry: the disgruntled lead programmer of the theme park where the cloned dinosaurs live. Bribed by corporate rivals, Dennis is urged to steal the embryos of the dinosaurs so that the miracle of Jurassic Park can be replicated. However, it is his actions that sabotage the security of the park and lead to catastrophic events.
While rewatching Jurassic Park, one Reddit user could not help but notice a strange coincidence that Knight’s character was involved in. Three separate outfits worn by Dennis Nedry are almost identical to the clothes that Mikey, Mouth, and Chunk wore in The Goonies. Although it is unclear why this was thrown in, the creative choice was probably Spielberg’s way of paying homage to The Goonies or maybe the costume designers got a little creative. Either way, this bizarre link is too good to be ignored.
Check out the connection between The Goonies and Jurassic Park for yourself: