Romancing the Stone (1984)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau
Synopsis: Romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner), receives a treasure map in the mail from her recently murdered brother-in-law. Meanwhile, her sister Elaine is kidnapped in Colombia and the two criminals responsible demand that she travel to Cartegena, Colombia to exchange the map for her sister. After getting on the wrong bus going away from Cartegena Joan becomes stranded and is held up for the map by corrupt cop Zolo. This is when Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas), comes along and saves Joan from Zolo, after which they strike a deal where Jack will help Joan get to Cartegena. Together, they embark upon an adventure that could be straight out of Joan’s novels.
Trivia: The water taxi Joan Wilder rides to meet Ira is named “The Orca,” which is also the name of Quint’s boat in Jaws. Jaws director Steven Spielberg produced director Robert Zemeckis’ previous film, Used Cars. Zemeckis also co-wrote Spielberg’s 1941 which features a “Jaws” parody. Studio executives were so sure this film would flop that Robert Zemeckis was pre-emptively fired from directing Cocoon. It turned out to be such a success that Zemeckis was able to go forward on his own project, Back to the Future.
Why I think you should see this: Robert Zemeckis is one of my favourite directors and one of the more talented of his generation with this bein gthe film that made him famous. This movie is the reason I will always be a Michael Douglas fan because his portrayal of Jack T. Colton is nothing short of perfection he is just so good. Kathleen Turner does a wonderful job as Joan Wilder and Danny DeVito is great as well. Alfonso Arau is quite hilarious in his small cameo. This is a great film give it a try sometime you won’t be disappointed.