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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
Joe Nesnow ...
José Chávez ...
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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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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The film spurred a sequel The Jewel of the Nile (1985) which was not as successful and a second one, "The Crimson Eagle", went into development but was never made. In this unproduced third picture, Jack and Joan go with their two children to Thailand and are blackmailed into stealing a precious statue. See more »


When Jack first grabs the vine to swing across the river, it is bare. Then, during the swing, the vine is covered with leaves. At the end of the swing when he reaches the other side, it is bare again. 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 Serial Mom (1994) See more »


Written, Produced and Performed by Eddy Grant
Courtesy of Portrait/Ice Records
used in the patio scene after they gain entry to the Bell maker's house
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The very best "adventure/comedy" of all time, honest!
1 June 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

"Romancing the Stone" came out just 3 years after "Raiders..." and in my mind is cemented as one of the great "watchable" movies. The on-screen chemistry between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner is wonderful, both playing their parts flawlessly. It is most likely the movie that made Douglas a big star. I can't tell you how many times, with my children, I watched this movie, and still when I catch it on TV I enjoy it almost like it was the first time. I want to own it when it comes out on DVD. For me it is a "9", only because I rate "Raiders..." better and it is a "10".

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