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ROMANCING THE STONE (1984)
When romance novelist Joan Wilder travels to South American in search of her recently kidnapped sister, she finds herself in need of some help. Taking to the wild forests with the help of the precariously mercenary Jack Colton, Joan goes in search of her sister, dodging bullets, near-death scenarios, and interesting plot twists alone the way.
Director Robert Zemeckis with "Romancing the Stone" made a nearly perfect romantic, action, comedy vehicle.
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A drab, but very successful romantic novelist, Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner), begins to experience the adventure she writes about, when she travels to Colombia in search of her kidnapped sister, Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainer). She finds herself encountering jungle danger, in the form of the murderous Zolo (Manuel Ojeda I), rebels, and a dashing mercenary, Jack Colton (Michael Douglas), who reluctantly comes to her aid. There's also a valuable map that leads to a gem that everyone involved is pursuing, which is the "stone" referred to in the movie's title.
Robert Zemeckis does his usual fine job in directing this exciting film, which shows in the pacing, and the performances of this terrific cast.
Kathleen Turner really shines as the shy, unworldly romance novelist. She has great chemistry with Douglas, and really helps carry the storyline.
In the supporting cast, Danny DeVito, who plays one of the kidnappers, Ralph, is a hoot as a greedy, whiny treasure hunter.
Zack Norman (Ira), the cousin of Ralph, is great as the slimy, head kidnapper, a real sweetheart of a guy, who has pet alligators, and is willing to use kidnapping and coercion as a way to make a living.
Manuel Ojeda plays a great, evil black heart, Zoro, who is a merciless, corrupt bad guy who will kill anyone who gets in his way, in his efforts to get what he wants. His black soul is shown to the audience, earlier in the story, back in New York.
This entertaining screenplay was written by Dianne Thomas, who was a waitress in Malibu, which was her only produced screenplay, prior to her untimely death in an auto accident.
This screenplay is riveting, exciting, as well as fun and witty. It feels like a good old fashioned adventure movie, but has all the visual beauty of today's lush, visual photography and on location magic. Romance grows in between the exciting sequences.
This is a great date movie because it's all about romance, adventure, and about finding love in the most unlikely places. Hey, you might find love on your couch (or change under the cushions). Who knows?