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Romancing the Stone -- 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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Writer:
Diane Thomas (written by)
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Release Date:
30 March 1984 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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.
Plot:
A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Superb adventure-comedy See more (120 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Douglas ... Jack T. Colton

Kathleen Turner ... Joan Wilder

Danny DeVito ... Ralph

Zack Norman ... Ira

Alfonso Arau ... Juan
Manuel Ojeda ... Zolo

Holland Taylor ... Gloria

Mary Ellen Trainor ... Elaine
Eve Smith ... Mrs. Irwin
Joe Nesnow ... Super
José Chávez ... Santos

Evita Muñoz 'Chachita' ... Hefty Woman (as Chachita)
Camillo García ... Bus Driver
Rodrigo Puebla ... Bad Hombre
Paco Morayta ... Hotel Clerk
Jorge Zamora ... Maitre'D
Kymberly Herrin ... Angelina (as Kym Herrin)
William H. Burton Jr. ... Jessie (as Bill Burton)
Ted White ... Grogan
Manuel E. Santiago ... Vendor (as Manuel Santiago)

Ron Silver ... Vendor
Michael Cassidy ... Zolo's Men (as Mike Cassidy)
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... Zolo's Men
Richard Drown ... Zolo's Men
Joe Finnegan ... Zolo's Men
Jimmy Medearis ... Zolo's Men

Jeff Ramsey ... Zolo's Men
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorna Lable ... Vendor (uncredited)

Jos Laniado ... Juan Alvarez (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Zemeckis 
 
Writing credits
Diane Thomas (written by)

Lem Dobbs  uncredited
Howard Franklin  uncredited
Treva Silverman  uncredited

Produced by
Jack Brodsky .... co-producer
Joel Douglas .... co-producer
Michael Douglas .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alan Silvestri 
 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey 
 
Film Editing by
Donn Cambern 
Frank Morriss 
 
Production Design by
Lawrence G. Paull 
 
Art Direction by
Agustín Ituarte  (as Agustin Ituarte)
 
Set Decoration by
Enrique Estévez  (as Enrique Estevez)
 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Carlos Rodríguez Álvarez .... unit production manager: Mexico (as Carlos Rodriguez)
John D. Schofield .... unit production manager (as John Schofield)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Javier Carreño .... second assistant director (as Javier Carreno)
Joel Douglas .... first assistant director
Terry Leonard .... second unit director
Joseph Paul Moore .... second assistant director: second unit
José María Ochoa .... first assistant director: Mexico (as Jose Maria Ochoa)
Stan Zabka .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
George Jenson .... production illustrator (as George Jensen)
Antonio Mata .... property master: Mexico
German Ramirez .... greensman
Rudy Reachi .... property master: USA
Jorge Sainz .... set designer
Tom Southwell .... graphic illustrator
Gregg Vance .... assistant production designer
Mark White .... construction
Brent W. Bell .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Steve Bartlett .... post-production sound
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Dobie .... sound editor (as Michael Dobie)
Louis L. Edemann .... sound editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely .... assistant sound editor
David Pettijohn .... sound editor
Rod Rogers .... assistant adr editor
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Victoria Rose Sampson .... adr editor
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein .... sound mixer: Utah
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Laurencio Cordero .... special effects coordinator: Mexico
Ken Estes .... special effects foreman
Christopher Gilman .... special effects makeup
Jay King .... special effects crew
Robert King .... special effects crew
Terry W. King .... special effects assistant (as Terry King)
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects coordinator: second unit coordinator
Robert Moore .... special effects crew
Billy Myatt .... special effects coordinator: USA
Harold Weed .... creature maker
Kelly Lepkowsky .... mechanical alligator effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Bloch .... optical effects
Kerry Colonna .... optical effects
 
Stunts
Gerardo Albarrán .... stunts (as Gerardo Moreno)
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunt coordinator: first unit
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunts
Eurlyne Epper .... stunt double
Eurlyne Epper .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Dean Jeffries .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Keehn)
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Raúl Martínez .... stunts
Victor Moreno Jr. .... stunts
Lem Dobbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... waterfall stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer: USA
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera (as Clyde Bryan)
Donaciano De Anda .... dolly grip
Chas Gerretsen .... special photographer
Richard Hart .... director of photography: second unit
Adolfo Lara .... best boy
Peter McEvoy .... film loader
Richard Osborn Jr. .... assistant camera
Alfredo Ruvalcaba .... still photographer: Mexico
Bill Sheehan .... film loader
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Robert Thomas)
Ronald Vidor .... "a" camera oprator
Ronald Vidor .... Steadicam operator
Mark Walthour .... gaffer
Ronald Woodward .... key grip (as Ron Woodward)
 
Casting Department
Claudia Becker .... casting: Mexico
Karen Rea .... casting: USA
Luis Sánchez .... extras casting (as Luis Sanchez)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gracielo Castillo .... assistant costume supervisor
Juana Oliver .... costumer: women
Gilda Texter .... costume supervisor
Enrique Villavicencio .... costumer: men
 
Editorial Department
Jorge Azcárate .... assistant editor
William J. Meshover .... assistant editor (as William Jay Meshover)
Kevin Stitt .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Cesar Jimenez .... location manager
 
Music Department
Kathleen Bennett .... assistant music editor (as Kathy Bennett)
James B. Campbell .... orchestrator (as James Campbell)
Tom Carlin .... music editor (as Thomas Carlin)
Tom Nixon .... music researcher
Ben Rodgers .... music recording engineer
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Timothy R. Sexton .... executive in charge of music
 
Transportation Department
Steve Patten .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Beth Anthony .... production secretary: USA
Reneé Armalin .... production secretary: USA
Dr. Crypton .... map designer
Peter DePalma .... assistant to the producer (as Peter De Palma)
Ricardo Frera .... auditor: Mexico
Emily Gamboa .... production secretary: Mexico
Nikki Allyn Grosso .... production coordinator
Miguel Gurza .... animal trainer
Karen Hale Wookey .... continuity (as Karen Wookey)
Paul Hoffman .... map designer (as Dr. Crypton)
Jeffrey Hornaday .... choreographer (as Jeffrey D. Hornaday)
Robert A. Levine .... publicity coordinator
Sandy McLeod .... script supervisor: New York only
José Luis Ortega .... continuity: second unit
Theodore R. Parvin .... production consultant
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Dorothy Schlom .... auditor: USA
Marshall Schlom .... unit coordinator: second unit
René Simon Cruz Jr. .... translator (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez .... wrangler (uncredited)
Robert Tafur .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
106 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 (uncut) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2001) | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (original rating) (cut) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2001) (uncut) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Danny DeVito bloopers and practical jokes episode happened when promoting the sequel _Jewel of the Nile_ and not this movieSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jack presents Joan with a very elaborate necklace from his pocket. But when she takes it in hand, it's a simple charm on a chain.See more »
Quotes:
[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! Where is it?
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FAQ

What does Ralph say when he ducks under the table during the dancing scene?
Why were the locals in Juan's village so suspicious of Joan and Jack?
What is 'Romancing the Stone' about?
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37 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Superb adventure-comedy, 6 January 2001
Author: jhaggardjr from Chicago, Illinois

"Romancing the Stone" is argubly my favorite adventure movie of all-time. Yep, in my opinion it surpasses all three movies in the "Indiana Jones" trilogy (which are right behind in terms of greatness). This movie has action, adventure, comedy, drama, and romance all rolled up into one great motion picture. Kathleen Turner stars as Joan Wilder, a romance novelist who flies to the South American country of Colombia to rescue her kidnapped sister. She's ordered by the kidnappers to bring a treasure map that she received in the mail with her to the Colombian city of Cartegna. Ms. Wilder ends up getting on the wrong bus that ends up taking her deep into the jungle where she meets a fortune hunter who saves her life in more ways than one. He also seems to resemble the hero in her books. Jack Colton, the fortune hunter, is played by Michael Douglas (who also produced the film) and he talks her into using the map to find the treasure. But they're not the only ones who are dying to get their hands on the treasure. A couple of bad guys are in hot pursuit of the two adventurers. There's Zolo (Manuel Ojeda), an evil colonel who's on to Ms. Wilder (and is the real nasty bad guy of the bunch); Ira (Zack Norman), one of the crazed kidnappers who's obsessed with crocodiles (he's always saying "Look at those snappers!"); and Ralph (Danny DeVito), Ira's bumbling cousin who goes to the airport to pick up Ms. Wilder, see's at the last second that she got on the wrong bus, and is forced to go into the jungle to find her. Even Ralph and Ira know that Zolo is bad news. There are also minor supporting characters in the film. There's Gloria (Holland Taylor from TV's "The Practice"), Ms. Wilder's publisher; Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainor), Ms. Wilder's sister; and Juan (Alfonso Arau), a Colombian native who actually turns out to be a huge fan of Ms. Wilder. In one very funny scene, Ms. Wilder and Mr. Colton go to the house of this man and ask him if they can borrow his car. The Colombian tells them to get lost, until he finds out that the woman is actually Joan Wilder the novelist, and admits that he's one of her biggest fans who has read every one of her books. He proceeds to help the two get out of a jam. "Romancing the Stone" has plenty of exhilarating action scenes, and a load of big laughs. This was director Robert Zemeckis' first hit movie (which he made before the original "Back to the Future"), and I still think this is his best film. Zemeckis is one of our best directors working today, and rarely (like Steven Spielberg and James Cameron) does he make a bad film. "Romancing the Stone" is a great movie. Turner is splendid as the novelist up to her neck in trouble; Douglas is terrific as her sidekick; and Norman and Arau are hilarious in smaller roles. But the one who provides the biggest laughs in the movie is Danny DeVito. He is literally a scream in "Romancing the Stone". I kept falling down on my side because he had me laughing so hard. This is one movie that's a must-see for people who like a mix of action, suspense, adventure, romance, thrills, and lots of comedy. One of the '80s best. Followed by the very good sequel "Jewel of the Nile".

**** (out of four)

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