This was the final release on RCA's CED VideoDisc format.
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The actors playing the tribesmen Arak, Barak, Karak, Sarak and Tarak were the members of the juggling troupe the Flying Karamazov Brothers.
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Kathleen Turner resisted making the sequel because of her money squabble over the original, and because she didn't like the script, over which she had negotiated approval. She only signed after Fox filed a $25 million lawsuit against her.
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The end title song is Billy Ocean's "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going". In the music video for the song, stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito lipsync and dance as doo-wop backup singers. Because the three stars were not members of the Musicians Union, the video was banned in the UK. Despite this handicap, the song would be Ocean's first #1 UK hit.
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Romancing the Stone (1984), the predecessor of this film, was the only produced screenplay for writer Diane Thomas. She had been working as a waitress in Malibu when producer/star Michael Douglas optioned her script for $250,000, allowing her to quit her job. Sadly, Thomas died in a car accident, while working on a new movie project with Steven Spielberg the following year, about seven weeks before the opening of this film. She was a passenger while her boyfriend was driving a Porsche that Douglas had bought for her as a thank you gift. This film is dedicated "In Memory of" Thomas.
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Three members of the production team were killed in a plane crash whilst scouting locations in Morocco. The film is dedicated to them along with Romancing the Stone screenwriter Diane Thomas, who died in a car accident.
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The F-16 stolen by Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner was actually a full-scale mock-up powered by a 350ci Chevrolet engine. If you look closely, you can see the driveshafts running from the belly of the plane to the wheels on the landing gear.
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The F-16 fighter mock-up replicated the aerodynamic contours of a real plane so well that its nose would actually start to lift off the ground if it taxied too fast.
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The "Nubian" man Jack wrestles is a traditional Senegalese wrestler. The talisman that he wears on his chest and around his waist were made by a religious leader and are believed to hold mystical powers to protect him and help him win his wrestling matches.
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Danny DeVito compares the final crowd fight scene to Our Lady of Mount Carmel school. This was the name of the school De Vito actually attended.
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Kathleen Turner tried to quit this production because she hated the script, but Michael Douglas and the studio threatened to sue her, so she relented. As a matter of fact, Turner was right: The movie opened to poor reviews. Turner and Douglas' sparring did not stop them from making yet a third movie together; along with onscreen co-hort Danny Devito: The War of The Roses.
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The "jewel" in the title is real but the title itself was first applied by 19th-century travelers to the Temple of Isis at Philae in Egypt, built around 400 BCE.
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Ralph (Danny DeVito) says Weinberger is going to be upset by the way he is being treated by the Arabs. He is referring to Caspar Weinberger, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, under President Ronald Reagan.
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Spyros Fokas is dubbed by a well known British voice actor.
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The hooded falcon seen at Omar's compound is a Prairie Falcon. It is native to North and Southwest United States. It is not found outside the US. A Royal, Prince, Leader... of an Arab nation wouldn't lower himself with a Prairie Falcon. It should have been a Peregrine or Gyr Falcon.
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Many of the non-British USA cast members are dubbed by British Equity members such as George Camliar, Kerry Shale and Kevork Malikyan.
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There were plans of an ongoing franchise ala Indiana Jones; and The Crimson Eagle and Racing the Monsoon were proposed sequels; involving Joan and Jack and their teenaged children going on another globetrotting treasure hunt expedition together. There were also plans of rebooting the franchise with Taylor Kitsch and Katherine Heigl. But all of this was eventually scrapped.
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Paul David Magrid is dubbed by Nadim Sawalha.
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