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Romancing the Stone (1984)

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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Juan
Manuel Ojeda ...
Zolo
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Gloria
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Elaine
Eve Smith ...
Mrs. Irwin
Joe Nesnow ...
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José Chávez ...
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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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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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According to Kathleen Turner's memoir, Michael Douglas originally offered the role of Joan to Debra Winger. They met at a Mexican restaurant to discuss it but, according to Douglas, she ended up biting him. She didn't get the part. See more »

Goofs

During the bus crash interior scene, the placard reading "Castillo de San Felipe" is seen through the windshield falling from its mount above the horns. In the subsequent bus exterior shot, the sign is still attached. See more »

Quotes

Jack T. Colton: What did you do, wake up this morning and say, "Today, I'm going to ruin a man's life"?
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Romancing the Stone
Written, Produced and Performed by Eddy Grant
Courtesy of Portrait/Ice Records
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Adventure and love in the Columbian jungle
17 January 2003 | by (seattle, wa) – See all my reviews

This is an adventure flick that's one hair away from being a chick flick--but a better genre-straddler you may never find. It's lifted out of pure romantic comedy rut by a young and feisty Michael Douglas playing a hard-bitten, coarse adventurer by name of Jack Colton and young, sultry Kathleen Turner playing naive New York romance novelist Joan Wilder. When Joan is stranded in the middle of the Columbian rainforest with a greedy and ruthless military leader, Colton chases him off, accidently playing the role of Joan's romance hero, Jessie. Chased across the country by thieves and corrupt government officials, Joan comes into her own, often getting out of sticky situations with her own talent for words when reluctant hero Jack would have shot his way out of things. Great movie... far better than any romance I've ever had the misfortune to read. Danny DeVito lends the film some of its funniest moments. One of my favorite films!


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