A romance novelist goes to Colombia to rescue her kidnapped
sister, and ends up in a treasure hunt with a handsome rogue.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Written by Diane Thomas
Starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito,
Zack Norman, Manuel Ojeda, Holland Taylor,
Mary Ellen Trainor, Alfonso Arau
Oscar Nominations - Best Film Editing
Romancing the Stone is a cute action/comedy that stands almost entirely on the chemistry between its two leads, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. It's also the film that enabled Robert Zemeckis to finally make his passion project, Back to the Future, so that's a big win. Some may find this film to be a shameless send-up of adventure movies, which it kind of is, but it's also a fun, entertaining watch, and that's what matters most.
Kathleen Turner is Joan Wilder, a romance novelist who learns that her sister has been kidnapped in Colombia by thugs who are holding her for ransom in exchange for a treasure map, which is in Joan's possession. When she goes to Colombia to make a trade, she's abandoned in the Amazon, where she meets Jack Colton (Douglas), an adventurer who convinces her to find the treasure first. Douglas and Turner work so well together that they keep the movie interesting. The plot is pretty generic and the villain isn't anything special, but there's enough funny moments and impressive action sequences that you're never bored.
I enjoyed Romancing the Stone more than I imagined I would, and that's always a win. Who doesn't love a good treasure hunt? The film is a cult classic because it's extremely 80's and it's cheesy as hell, but in a good way. In the end, this film is a fun way to kill two hours, and it's far better than it has any business being.