Kathleen Turner plays a writer of adventure stories, Joan Wilder, who has been having trouble selling her works of late because they aren't remotely believable. The basic problem is that the mousy Joan has never had any real adventure in her life. All this changes when she receives a frantic phone call from her sister, whose is being held prisoner by evil art dealers in Colombia. It seems that sis has mailed Joan a map leading to a valuable treasure. Nasty but cowardly Ralph (Danny DeVito), cousin of the principal villain (Zack Norman), has been assigned to claim the map from Joan. But upon arriving in Colombia, Joan and Ralph learn that others of a more homicidal bent are also after the map. Joan is rescued by soldier of fortune Jack Colton (Michael Douglas), who isn't quite clear about his stake in the proceedings. Jack and Joan undergo several perilous adventures in the wilds of Colombia. The treasure turns out to be a valuable jewel, which changes hands (one of them severed!) many times before it is swallowed by an alligator. Joan manages to break free from her pursuers, but Jack is presumed dead. Jack returns at the end of the film in Manhattan to surprise Joan. The sequel to Romancing the Stone was 1985's The Jewel of the Nile. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
If you have not seen this one yet, rent it! It's funny, lots of adventure. Turner and Douglas are such a great on screen couple. DeVitos character is funny! A touch of everything, romance, adventure, thrills, laughs. Great one to watch. Fine to watch with chidlren around too.
Except for Danny DeVito, the acting and dialogue was poor and unbelievable. I like both Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner and have enjoyed their acting abilities in other movies. They did not pull off their characters in this one. But then the characters weren't great. I would not recommend this movie.
I originally saw this movie when it came out years ago and thought it would be fun to watch with my children. My memory must be failing me because from the opening scene with a wet blouse and foul language, I wondered why this was rated only PG! I should have turned the movie off at that point but I kept hoping that my memory wasn't that faulty and that it would get better but the language is unnecessary and the near nudity is gratuitous.
Spawned from the popularity of Indiana Jones comes this movie that is still completely enjoyable today. Over twenty years later, movies like Sahara and National Treasure copy, but can't seem to get it right. You love to hate Danny Devito, Michael Douglas kicks butt and Kathleen Turner is hot. Great sit on the couch evening date movie. (Nudity accounts for a national geographic scene with african women barely nude).