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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 »
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(379 articles)
User Reviews:
Romance novelist Turner finds real life adventure See more (124 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Douglas ... Jack 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 .... re-recording mixer
Mike Dobie .... sound editor (as Michael Dobie)
Louis L. Edemann .... sound editor
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer
Robert Knudson .... 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)
Tim Sexton .... executive in charge of music (as Timothy R. Sexton)
 
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:
Alan Silvestri was hired to do a temporary score for the film, but director Robert Zemeckis liked his work so much that he kept him on as composer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the exterior scene in which Gloria is trying to convince Joan to not go to Colombia, the weather keeps changing. First there is no precipitation, then it switches back and forth several times between snow and rain.See more »
Quotes:
Grogan:[First lines] What's it gonna be, Angelina?
Joan Wilder:[voiceover narration] It was Grogan: the filthiest, dirtiest, *dumbest* excuse for a man west of the Missouri River.
Grogan:So, you can die two ways, angel: quick like the tongue of a snake, or slower than the molasses in January.
Joan Wilder:[voiceover narration] But it was October.
Grogan:I'll kill you, goddammit, if it's the Fourth of July! Where is it? Uhh. Get over there!
Joan Wilder:[voiceover narration] I told him to get out, now that he had what he came for.
Grogan:Not quite, angel.
[spits]
Grogan:Take 'em off. Do it! Come on!
[Angelina kills Grogan by throwing a concealed knife]
Joan Wilder:[voiceover] That was the end of Grogan... the man who killed my father, raped and murdered my sister, burned my ranch, shot my dog, and stole my Bible! But if there was one law of the west: Bastards had brothers, who seemed to ride forever.
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Soundtrack:
Romancing the StoneSee more »

FAQ

Why were the locals in Juan's village so suspicious of Joan and Jack?
How did Joan get the map?
Why was Jack so eager to get moving right after he saw the Devil's Fork (El Tenador del Diablo)?
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Romance novelist Turner finds real life adventure, 19 September 2000
Author: goya-4 from PA

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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Very underrated movie oscarflix
Juan from the village... oscarflix
Could use some research about COLOMBIA!! juanpa1-1
"You've got a real, live, Jessie goin' on right here" slcdmw01
Should this be a candidate for a remake? gromit28
Product Placement? FadedOut
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