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Romancing the Stone ()


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A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.

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Jack Colton
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Joan Wilder
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Ralph
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Ira
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Juan
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Zolo
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Gloria
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Elaine
Eve Smith ...
Mrs. Irwin
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Super
José Chávez ...
Santos
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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)
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Grogan
Manuel E. Santiago ...
Vendor (as Manuel Santiago)
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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
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Zolo's Men
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Child in Plaza (uncredited)
Lorna Lable ...
Vendor (uncredited)
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Juan Alvarez (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Zemeckis

Written by

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Diane Thomas ... (written by)
 
Lem Dobbs ... () (uncredited)
 
Howard Franklin ... () (uncredited)
 
Treva Silverman ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Jack Brodsky ... co-producer
Joel Douglas ... co-producer
Michael Douglas ... producer

Music by

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Alan Silvestri

Cinematography by

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Dean Cundey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Donn Cambern
Frank Morriss

Editorial Department

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Jorge Azcárate ... assistant editor
William J. Meshover ... assistant editor (as William Jay Meshover)
Kevin Stitt ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Lawrence G. Paull

Art Direction by

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Agustín Ituarte ... (as Agustin Ituarte)

Set Decoration by

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Enrique Estévez ... (as Enrique Estevez)

Costume Design by

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Marilyn Vance

Makeup Department

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Kathryn Blondell ... hair stylist
E. Thomas Case ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Lou Fusaro ... unit production manager
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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Robert W. King ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Kelly Lepkowsky ... mechanical alligator effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Peter Bloch ... optical effects
Kerry Colonna ... optical effects

Stunts

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Gerardo Albarrán ... stunts (as Gerardo Moreno)
Vince Deadrick Jr. ... stunt coordinator: first unit / stunts
Eurlyne Epper ... stunt double / 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

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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 operator / steadicam operator
Mark Walthour ... gaffer
Ronald Woodward ... key grip (as Ron Woodward)

Casting Department

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Claudia Becker ... casting: Mexico
Karen Rea ... casting: USA
Luis Sánchez ... extras casting (as Luis Sanchez)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gracielo Castillo ... assistant costume supervisor
Juana Oliver ... costumer: women
Gilda Texter ... costume supervisor
Enrique Villavicencio ... costumer: men

Location Management

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Cesar Jimenez ... location manager

Music Department

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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

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Steve Patten ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines 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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 2 bribones tras la esmeralda perdida (Mexico)
  • Dos bribones tras la esmeralda perdida (Mexico)
  • À la poursuite du diamant vert (France)
  • Auf der Jagd nach dem grünen Diamanten (Germany)
  • Tras el corazón verde (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Box Office

Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,105,741, 01 Apr 1984
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $115,078,260

Did You Know?

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Trivia Though described by some film critics as a "rip-off" of 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the original screenplay had actually been written five years earlier around 1979. See more »
Goofs When Jack swings across the river on a vine, the "rock" face he swings into deforms slightly, betraying its padded construction. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Michael Douglas/Deniece Williams (1984). See more »
Soundtracks Romancing the Stone See more »
Quotes Joan Wilder: What is all this?
Jack Colton: All this? About five to life in the States, a couple of centuries down here.
Joan Wilder: Oh, marijuana.
Jack Colton: Oh, you smoke it?
Joan Wilder: [defensively] I went to college.
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