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Romancing the Stone (1984)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  30 March 1984 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuel Ojeda ...
Eve Smith ...
Mrs. Irwin
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Hefty Woman (as Chachita)
Camillo García ...
Bus Driver
Rodrigo Puebla ...
Bad Hombre
Paco Morayta ...
Hotel Clerk


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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Release Date:

30 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf der Jagd nach dem grünen Diamanten  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$74,900,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The titles of some of the romantic fiction novels that Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) had written were "The Savage Secret"; "Love's Wicked Kiss"; "The Ravagers"; "Passion's Lovely Lie" and "Treasures of Lust". See more »


During the car chase, there are tire tracks in the grass from previous takes. See more »


[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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Referenced in Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toon Town (1988) See more »


Main Title
from How the West Was Won (1962)
Music by Alfred Newman
played under prologue
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7 July 2003 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Great action comedy adventure from the mid 80's starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny De Vito. Douglas and De Vito are great but to me the film belongs to Kathleen Turner, she's fantastic and looks absolutely stunning. Its also very well directed from the future director of Back to the Future and Forrest Gump amongst others. Its often mentioned as a rip off of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom but I don't really think it is that apparent, the scenes in the Jungle at the start of the film are really good especially when they find the crashed plane "There's nothing like a good fire"!!!. Danny De Vito is really funny as the comic relief and his cousin has some funny lines "Look at them snappers, would ya". My only small complaint is the romantic stuff is a little corny but I suppose thats for the female audience. They followed this up with "Jewel of the Nile" just a year later! Sadly like most sequels it wasn't nearly as good as this, actually its not really worth bothering about unfortunately, Douglas, Turner and De Vito also teamed up again in another film "War of the Roses" but that film has no connection with this or Jewel of the Nile. So if you haven't seen Romancing the Stone look out for it, it's excellent.

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