Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

     
 

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Kathleen Turner plays a writer of adventure stories, Joan Wilder, who has been having trouble selling her works of late because they aren't remotely believable. The basic problem is that the mousy Joan has never had any real adventure in her life. All this changes when she receives a frantic phone call from her sister, whose is being held prisoner by evil art dealers… See more details below

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Kathleen Turner plays a writer of adventure stories, Joan Wilder, who has been having trouble selling her works of late because they aren't remotely believable. The basic problem is that the mousy Joan has never had any real adventure in her life. All this changes when she receives a frantic phone call from her sister, whose is being held prisoner by evil art dealers in Colombia. It seems that sis has mailed Joan a map leading to a valuable treasure. Nasty but cowardly Ralph (Danny DeVito), cousin of the principal villain (Zack Norman), has been assigned to claim the map from Joan. But upon arriving in Colombia, Joan and Ralph learn that others of a more homicidal bent are also after the map. Joan is rescued by soldier of fortune Jack Colton (Michael Douglas), who isn't quite clear about his stake in the proceedings. Jack and Joan undergo several perilous adventures in the wilds of Colombia. The treasure turns out to be a valuable jewel, which changes hands (one of them severed!) many times before it is swallowed by an alligator. Joan manages to break free from her pursuers, but Jack is presumed dead. Jack returns at the end of the film in Manhattan to surprise Joan. The sequel to Romancing the Stone was 1985's The Jewel of the Nile.

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Of all the Raiders of the Lost Ark-inspired films of the 1980s, director Robert Zemeckis' enjoyable romance-comedy-adventure Romancing the Stone might be the best. Zemeckis proved his knack for mixing fast-paced thrills with comedy and character, a quality that would be key to the success of his later Back to the Future. Romancing was rewarded with a huge box-office haul, and it increased the profile of all those involved. On the heels of her breakthrough role as Body Heat's femme fatale, Kathleen Turner thwarted typecasting with a fine comic -- though still sexy -- performance. With his good looks and smarmy style, Michael Douglas became a sex symbol and an A-list leading man for the rest of the decade. And in his first significant supporting role, Danny DeVito successfully translated his sleazeball caricature from TV to the big screen. Zemeckis would go on to significant commercial and technical success with films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/1997
UPC:
0086162135835
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Michael Cassidy Zolo's Man
Vince Deadrick Actor
Richard Drown Zolo's Man
Eve Smith Mrs. Irwin
Joe Nesnow Super
José Chavez Santos
Rodrigo Puebla Bad Hombre
Paco Morayta Hotel Clerk
Kymberly Herrin Angelina
Billy Burton Jessie
Ted White Grogan
Manuel Santiago Vendor
Ron Silver Vendor
Joe Finnegan Zolo's Man
Jeff Ramsey Zolo's Man
Chachita Hefty Woman

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director
Claudia Becker Casting
Jack Brodsky Co-producer
Donn Cambern Editor
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Lem Dobbs Screenwriter
Michael Douglas Producer
Joel A. Douglas Asst. Director,Co-producer
Enrique Estevez Set Decoration/Design
Howard Franklin Screenwriter
Eddy Grant Songwriter
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
Augustin Ituarte Art Director
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
Frank Morriss Editor
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Karen Rea Casting
John D. Schofield Production Designer,Production Manager
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Gilda Texter Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Thomas Camera Operator
Diane Thomas Screenwriter
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer

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