Sunday, June 18, 2006

Romancing the Stone

This 1984 film is full of romance, mystery and danger. Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) a hermit character, steps into the fast lane as she heads off to Columbia to save her kidnapped sister Elaine. Once arriving in this non-English speaking country, Joan Wilder proceeds to get on the wrong bus and her journey begins. The wild women that Joan Wilder has written about in so many of her novels, has become a reality when she encouters a shoot out with Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas). The mudslide ride in the jungle of Columbia and the shelter provided by the long lost plane full of marijuana are just some of the exciting journeys they take.

The on screen connection between Turner and Douglas is enhanced with Danny DeVito who plays Ralph, the kidnappers brother.

Director Robert Zemicks does an excellent job with the music to enhance the serious scenes and quickly follows them with something comical. The jungle scenes and swinging vines are sometimes a little far fetched for me, but they made the movie. The enormous size of the jewel found in the cave caps off the movie but Zemeicks keeps the intrigue going for viewers.

Watching this film again after many years, I still found myself laughing and enjoying the action. I would probably suggest this movie as a rainy day filler but could not see myself spending my Friday night on it.


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