Romancing the Stone (1984)

8.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 8/10

Good chemistry between Turner and Douglas, fun action

Some dating

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Romancing the Stone

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Genre(s):  Action/Adventure/Romance/Comedy

Release Date(s):  March 30, 1984

MPAA Rating:  PG


Wait, what’s in these waters?

Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a romance novelist who has been pulled a story from one of her own novels. When her sister is kidnapped in Columbia, Joan is forced to head to South America to exchange a treasure map for her sister. When the kidnappers Ralph and Ira (Danny DeVito and Zack Norman) lose Joan to a rival faction led by Colonel Zolo (Manuel Ojedo), Joan escapes death by fleeing into the jungle with a con-artist American named Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas). Now, Jack and Joan are after the treasure and the danger has never been greater.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Romancing the Stone was a big hit in the ’80s and received an Oscar nomination for its film editing. The movie was a surprise a lot of critics and spawned a sequel called The Jewel of the Nile in 1985.


Nice to meet you!

The movie is a really fun, romantic-comedy adventure. We used to have a copy of it on VHS, and my friends and I would watch it over and over again. It was one of those ’80s movies that you can watch today and it still seems pretty fresh (setting it in South America helps aspects of the story not date as much).

A lot of reasons Romancing the Stone works are the same reason that Raiders of the Lost Ark works. The action is put together in a way that is easy to follow. The scenes are simple, but they still have a lot of energy and fun. A kid can enjoy it, and an adult can also like aspects of the story. There were tons of comparisons to Raiders of the Lost Ark by the media but that was a bit unfair since this was actually written before Raiders of the Lost Ark was release but took a while to get made.


Well, what next?

The chemistry between Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas really works. They seem like a real couple and this might be why they teamed up again for the sequel and then later (with Danny DeVito in tow) for War of the Roses. It would have been a lot different if Sylvester Stallone or Christopher Reeves had taken the Jack role as originally planned.

I was surprised how well Romancing the Stone held up…this makes it worse that there is a remake planned from the world of no new ideas known as Hollywood. This might be one of those movies a parent could show a kid. Other than some language, some violence, and a really nasty crocodile attack, it is relatively tame and still fun and funny.

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The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

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