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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.
Romancing the Stone -- Late in the evening, inside a wrecked airplane fuselage, Joan accuses Jack of not being a real man, until he cuts the head off a snake.
Romancing the Stone -- Joan Wilder returns home to discover her apartment has been ransacked and her sister is being held hostage in Colombia.
Romancing the Stone -- Jack and Joan take a wild ride down a muddy hillside.
Romancing the Stone -- Joan discovers an escape route across a deep gorge.

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Director:
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 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Still the romantic adventure film to measure all others by. See more (108 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
John Roesch .... 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
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
 
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)
Cesar Jimenez .... location manager
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)
Harry Kopoian .... airport liaison: Mexico (uncredited)
Robert Tafur .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 

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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) | Chile:14 | 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

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Trivia:
According to Kathleen Turner's memoirs 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:
Continuity: During the car chase, there are tire tracks in the grass from previous takes.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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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Still the romantic adventure film to measure all others by., 26 June 2000
Author: Mack Bates (mackdady) from Milwaukee, WI

Truth be told: I came a little late to the party when it comes to having seen "Romancing The Stone". I didn't see it for the first time until the Fall of 1993, but had seen it's sequel, "Jewel of the Nile" numerous times since its initial theatrical release in 1985. Normally when it comes to seeing sequels, I almost always prefer the original to the sequel--but for many years I absolutely loved "Jewel of the Nile" not knowing about "Romancing the Stone".

When I finally did see "Romancing the Stone" nine solid years after its theatrical release on some premium cable channel, I was blown away by it. All those years spent raving about "Jewel" should have been spent raving about "Romancing the Stone". The original is leaps and bounds superior to the sequel (even though "Jewel of the Nile" does have its own charms--to a degree upon reflection) and contains what is arguably Kathleen Turner's best on-screen performance. Have we ever seen her better in anything else? Maybe in "Peggy Sue Got Married" or in "Prizzi's Honor" perhaps even in "Body Heat", but, it's safe to say that without her enormously captivating, thoroughly fabulous performance as Joan Wilder opposite Michael Douglas' career best comic performance as Jack Coltin, the movie wouldn't be such the modern-day classic it is and always will be.

As far as I'm concerned, Turner was robbed of the Oscar for Best Actress in 1984 for this film. So often the Academy favors dramatic performances over comedic performances when everyone worth their Screen Actors Guild card knows comedy is infinitely trickier to pull off convincingly than drama. How many actresses could have been as perfect as Turner is as Wilder? Only Susan Sarandon comes to immediate mind--she would have been magnificent come to think of it.

Also, there hasn't been a successful romantic adventure film made since that even comes close to comparing with "Romancing the Stone" I believe. And, I've looked long and hard to find one even compatible to this and have failed. There may be many knock-offs but no real diamonds in the rough.

Danny DeVito as always was a hoot to watch and Holland Taylor as Joan's book editor, Gloria, is simply sensational in a brief but memorable turn at the beginning and tail-end of the movie. It's a mystery why she's never really been a bigger star before now, with her groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning work on "The Practice" at least giving us a taste on what we've been denying ourselves by not making a big noise in support of her landing bigger, juicier starring roles.

So 16 years later, "Romancing the Stone" is still unequivocally the best of its genre and makes you wish the Turner would get the chance to work far more than she's been in recent times. The woman is a comic genius and we need to let the powers that be in Hollywood know that we want more of her and quickly.

One suggestion: If Turner, Douglas and DeVito ever do reteam--let it not be in a second sequel. "Romancing" is just too perfect to capitalize on any further. They couldn't do a sequel to "The War of the Roses" for obvious reasons (if you've seen the movie you already know why). Just imagine how great they would have been in "Primary Colors" as Jack and Susan Stantin. John Travolta (on target for sure) and especially Emma Thompson (in a surprisingly weak performance) take note. It's a shame the film's writer, Diane Thomas didn't live long enough to have written any other films of this magnitude. This one produced gem of hers has given millions of people the world over countless hours of fun-filled escapist delight. A true classic in every sense.

GRADE: A

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