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Romancing the Stone (1984)

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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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Robert Zemeckis

Writer:

Diane Thomas
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Eve Smith ... Mrs. Irwin
Joe Nesnow ... Super
José Chávez José Chávez ... Santos
Evita Muñoz 'Chachita' ... Hefty Woman (as Chachita)
Camillo García Camillo García ... Bus Driver
Rodrigo Puebla Rodrigo Puebla ... Bad Hombre
Paco Morayta Paco Morayta ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

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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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.


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

30 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romancing the Stone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,105,741, 1 April 1984

Gross USA:

$76,572,238

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,572,238
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Douglas was intrigued by the script despite some initial hesitation, but was ultimately won over by the opportunity to exhibit the rock climbing skills he'd honed as a teenager. When he was around 16 years old, Michael would enjoy rock climbing with his father during breaks in the filming of Spartacus (1960), which was shot largely in Death Valley, Nevada. See more »

Goofs

Though supposedly set in Colombia, all the Hispanic actors speak with a distinct Mexican accent. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grogan: 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: ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

To get a 'PG' rating in the UK, a scene near the end where the villain gets his hand bitten off by a crocodile was removed. The film was later passed '12' uncut in the UK in 2001. See more »

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Referenced in Speechless: F-O-- FOLLOW T-H-R-- THROUGH (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
(uncredited)
from How the West Was Won (1962)
Music by Alfred Newman
Used in the prologue
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The kind of thing she writes about
5 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When a version of a female Walter Mitty is ever done no doubt about it that Kathleen Turner should get first call. Unless you think she kind of did it already with Romancing The Stone.

Turner is a romance novelist by profession who in real life is a rather humdrum sort prone to accidents. But a piece of mail from her sister who is in Colombia with a map to a rather large emerald, the Hitchcockian McGuffin of the film leads her on a high road to adventure the kind of thing she writes about.

Her adventure in Colombia includes taking the wrong bus, being chased by a free wheeling army colonel, falling in the hands of drug dealers, pursued by bottom feeding crook Danny DeVito and finally partnering with the kind of adventure hero she writes about in Michael Douglas.

Douglas and Turner would prove so popular that they did two other pictures in the 80s. The film itself got an Oscar nod for Editing.

Some others in this gifted cast are Mary Ellen Trainor as her sister, Holland Taylor as Turner's editor, Alfonso Arau who is a drug dealer fan of her work, and Manuel Ojeda as the army colonel obsessed with that big green jewel.

Romancing The Stone is a lushly photographed and vigorous satire on all those old action/adventure films. You know, the stuff you only see in romance novels.


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