Romancing the Stone (1984) – Encore Review


“What did you do, wake up this morning and say, “Today, I’m going to ruin a man’s life”? ” – Jack Colton

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’84, cable in the 80’s, 28 Apr 2000, 19 Mar 2017 and 15 Dec 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A romance writer must travel to South America to help her sister who has been kidnapped.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have enjoyed watching even since I saw it in the theater 36 years ago when I was 10.

The story is really fun and is presented as a nice twist to an Indiana Jones type of story.

The cats is amazing and both Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner excel in these roles.

The characters have great chemistry that helps keep things  moving in the right direction.

They set up this story really well and allow us to watch these characters find inventive ways to get out of some very sticky kind of situations.

The way that these characters are given such diverse personalities works so well in helping establish their fiery love/hate relationship that keeps things so engaging and enjoyable to watch.

the cinematography and South America exotic landscapes add so much to the story and enhances the realistic aspect of the story.

In addition to Turner and Douglas, the supporting cast is also great.

Danny Devito stands out in a role unlike the kind that he usually plays and plays a pretty despicable kind of character.

Bottom Line – Fun Indiana Jones type film that has some great moments in it. Douglas and Turner are superb together and have such great chemistry that works throughout. The story is set up really well and moves along at a nice pace. The way that the two leads are so different helps keep things so much fun to watch because their love and hate relationship helps keep things so engaging to watch unfold. The cinematography is superbly shot and helps make things look so realistic the whole way through. The supporting cast is also great and Devito really shines in this very despicable character. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the only produced screenplay for writer Diane Thomas. She had been working as a waitress in Malibu when producer/star Michael Douglas optioned her script for $250,000, allowing her to quit her job. Sadly, Thomas died in a car accident, while working on a new movie project with Steven Spielberg the following year, about seven weeks before the opening of this film’s sequel, The Jewel of the Nile (1985). She was a passenger while her boyfriend was driving a Porsche that Douglas had bought for her as a thank you gift. The Jewel of the Nile (1985) was dedicated “In Memory of” Thomas. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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