Romancing the Stone
It would be easy for us to write off Romancing the Stone as ‘Indiana Jones lite’, but that just wouldn’t be fair… for as you’ll recall, dear 80s chums, it was a pretty solid movie all on its own.
The hilarious (and often swashbuckling) tale of romance author Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) and her trip to Catagena, Columbia, is one of the 80s’ more memorable bright spots, especially since it threw in Michael Douglas as Jack T. Colton (who we’d pit against ol’ Indy any day of the week) and Danny DeVito as bumbling idiot Ralph.
Joan had the map that everyone wanted… the map that showed the location of El Corazon, the biggest emerald this side of Oz. Bad guy Zolo had kidnapped Joan’s sister, so it was up to Joan to save the day. And after meeting Jack along the way (he faceplants in her lap after that muddy slide down the mountain), that job becomes a little easier.
Romancing the Stone finished 1984 as the #8 movie, bringing in more than $75 million–– so good, even, that it spawned a 1985 sequel (more on that later). Plus, it was so successful that it gave relative newcomer Robert Zemeckis the clout to direct another little movie that we loved… Back to the Future.
From Romancing‘s opening vignette of the fictional Angelina being saved by her beloved (and also fictional) Jesse, straight through the closing scene of Joan and Jack riding his new boat down Park Avenue, the movie was a thing of beauty–– not unlike those shiny new crocodile boots Jack was sportin’ at the end there.
We ♥ Romancing the Stone.