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Romancing the Stone (1984)

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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
Mary Ellen Trainor ...
Elaine
Eve Smith ...
Mrs. Irwin
Joe Nesnow ...
Super
José Chávez ...
Santos
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Hefty Woman (as Chachita)
Camillo García ...
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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:

Dos bribones tras la esmeralda perdida  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$74,900,000 (USA)
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The water taxi Joan Wilder rides to meet Ira is named "The Orca," which is also the name of Quint's boat in Jaws (1975). Jaws director Steven Spielberg produced director Robert Zemeckis' previous film, Used Cars (1980). Zemeckis also co-wrote Spielberg's 1941 (1979) which features a "Jaws" parody. See more »

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Very near the beginning, when Joan is choosing a miniature from her cabinet, you can see a crew member reflected in the cabinet's glass door. See more »

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[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
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from How the West Was Won (1962)
Music by Alfred Newman
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Romance novelist Turner finds real life adventure
19 September 2000 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

Kathleen Turner stars as a romance novelist who receives a mysterious map from her murdered brother in law and then must go to Columbia to save her kidnapped sister by giving up the map for ransom.

After getting on the wrong bus she meets up with Michael Douglas and the adventure begins..as Douglas seeks the treasure also..

A fast paced adventure that features great chemistry between Douglas and Turner (they would make two more movies at least after this...including a sequel "jewel of the nile"). On a scale of one to ten...8


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