A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.
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
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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