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Cinerama:Romancing the Stone.

By Mike Derderian Robert Zemeckis' 1984 comedy Romancing the Stone stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman, Mary Ellen Trainor, Alfonso Arau and Manuel Ojeda as Zolo, a ruthless corrupt Colombian general.Away from the solitude and comfort of her home, romantic novelist Joan Wilder (Turner) finds herself living the events of an actual adventure in Columbia instead of finishing her next bestseller. Her sister, Elaine (Trainor) was kidnapped by a greedy smuggler called Ira (Norman), who with the help of his cousin Ralph (DeVito) are demanding that Wilder bring them a treasure map that Elaine's husband, who is now sleeping with the alligators, has--in exchange for her sister's release. They ask her to meet them at Cartagena. The thin mustachioed Zolo, who wants the map for himself, misleads Wilder into boarding the wrong bus--using the old fashioned I am-your-normal-friendly-local-gentlemen routine. So as you can see the acclaimed writer will soon find herself in deep water: The result of tropical forest rain. However, before being ensnared by Zolo, an American poacher, who later identifies himself as Jack T. Colton (Douglas) saves Wilder. Wait do not be judgmental. Not yet for the Colton is not the James Bond type."My minimum price for taking a stranded lady to a telephone is $400," the obnoxious Colton demands of Wilder, who in turn asks, "Will you take $375 in travelers' checks?" "American Express?" Colton greedily inquires. Don't you just love product placement in movies!From that point on the opposites in Joan Wilder's and Jack's character begin to attract. They end up scaling the deteriorating boards of a rope-bridge and find the missing plane cargo of a drug cartel. To add to their problems they are also chased by a corrupt army official and his itchy trigger loyalists and one greedy scheming sleazebag (Danny DeVito in one of his most funny and original roles). This 105-minute adventure is also proof that Michael Douglas is not only the son of a great actor but a great actor himself. Colton is your typical chauvinistic wannabe know-it-all dude that ends up dropping his tough exterior for the sake of being with the one he loves.As for Turner, whom I first watched in the hilarious political comedy Switching Channels (1988) with Burt Reynolds, she is Joan Wilder with all the cheese on top. But no one says Joan Wilder better than one of the movie's most memorable characters: Juan (Arau), a drug lord, who is a hardcore fan of Wilder and reads her novels to his henchmen. You can't beat this one! You might remember Arau from the 1986 funny Western Three Amigos as the infamous El Guapo. Romancing the Stone despite its cheesy dialogue, shtick and fast paced action sequences, is the ultimate Hollywood cliffhanger, where two stereotyped male-female characters hate, fall for, save and live happily ever after with, each other. But if I were you I would go rent the sequel, The Jewel of the Nile (1985), to realize that the last one doesn't exactly work like a charm. nCinerama:Romancing the Stone

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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:Jun 4, 2007
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