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A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.

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Ira
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Juan
Manuel Ojeda ...
Zolo
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Gloria
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Elaine
Eve Smith ...
Mrs. Irwin
Joe Nesnow ...
Super
José Chávez ...
Santos
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Hefty Woman (as Chachita)
Camillo García ...
Bus Driver
Rodrigo Puebla ...
Bad Hombre
Paco Morayta ...
Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

Joan Wilder, a mousy romance novelist, receives a treasure map in the mail from her recently murdered brother-in-law. Meanwhile, her sister Elaine is kidnapped in Colombia and the two criminals responsible demand that she travel to Colombia to exchange the map for her sister. Joan does, and quickly becomes lost in the jungle after being waylayed by Zolo, a vicious and corrupt Colombian cop who will stop at nothing to obtain the map. There, she meets an irreverent soldier-of-fortune named Jack Colton who agrees to bring her back to civilization. Together, they embark upon an adventure that could be straight out of Joan's novels. Written by Denny Gibbons

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She's a girl from the big city. He's a reckless soldier of fortune. For a fabulous treasure, they share an adventure no one could imagine... or survive.


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30 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf der Jagd nach dem grünen Diamanten  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$74,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When Jack is rummaging through his destroyed Jeep he throws out a couple of magazines including the July 1983 issue of Playboy, with Ruth Guerri on the cover, before finding the picture of his dream yacht. See more »

Goofs

Though supposedly set in Colombia, all the Hispanic actors speak with a distinct Mexican accent. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grogan: [a gunslinger breaks down the door of an old Western house and confronts the solitary young woman inside] What's it gonna be, Angelina?
Joan Wilder: [narrating] It was Grogan, the filthiest, dirtiest, dumbest excuse for a man west of the Missouri River.
Grogan: [cocks one barrel of his shotgun] You can die two ways, angel: quick like the tongue of a snake, or slower than the molasses in January.
[cocks the second barrel]
Joan Wilder: [narrating] But it was October.
Grogan: I'll kill ya, Goddammit, if it's the Fourth of July! ...
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Main Title
(uncredited)
from How the West Was Won (1962)
Music by Alfred Newman
played under prologue
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A romantic adventure you won't want to miss.
12 July 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This was highly entertaining with humour, danger, romance & likeable leads. Danny De Vito put in a great performance as Ralph and deserved more screen time. The hero and heroine had the right chemistry and were good to watch. The jungle locations were breathtaking and I liked the soundtrack. Never a dull moment. 10/10


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