Romancing the Stone Pin-up # 1 FRAMED Michael Douglas Kathleen Turner


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Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The film was followed by a 1985 sequel, The Jewel of the Nile.

Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a lonely romance novelist in New York City. She goes to meet her editor, and they go out to a bar where the editor laments that Joan can’t find a good man, since Joan is holding out for someone like the dashing hero in her books. Meanwhile, in Colombia, Joan’s sister is walking to a red convertible when a little boy in the street hurls a bolas at her, knocking her unconscious. The boy then drives off with her car. Back in New York, a mysterious man breaks into Joan’s apartment after killing the inquisitive building super. Joan returns to find her apartment ransacked. She gets a call from her widowed sister, Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainor), who has been kidnapped in Colombia by bumbling antiquities smugglers Ira (Zack Norman) and Ralph (Danny DeVito); Elaine informs Joan that the package contains a treasure map, and the map is to be the ransom to set her free.

Hastily flying to Colombia, Joan is detoured from the rendezvous with Ralph by Colonel Zolo (Manuel Ojeda), the man who killed Elaine’s husband. He deceives her into boarding the wrong bus, bound for the interior of the country instead of the coastal city of Cartagena, where Elaine is being held. Joan becomes suspicious and attempts to ask the bus driver where they are headed, causing the bus to crash into a parked Jeep. As the rest of the passengers walk away, Joan is menaced by Zolo, but is saved by American exotic bird smuggler Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas). Jack’s Jeep has been ruined, and he goes through his belongings, looking longingly at a picture of a sailboat that he dreams of getting. Joan then hires Jack to help her get back to civilization. For getting her out of the jungle and to a telephone, Joan promises to pay Jack $375 in traveller’s checks. They narrowly escape Zolo and his posse by sliding through a muddy ravine and swinging on vines.

Turner later said of the film’s production, “I remember terrible arguments with Robert Zemeckis doing Romancing. He’s a film-school grad, fascinated by cameras and effects. I never felt that he knew what I was having to do to adjust my acting to some of his damn cameras – sometimes he puts you in ridiculous postures. I’d say, ‘This is not helping me! This is not the way I like to work, thank you!'” Despite their difficulties on the film, Zemeckis would go on to work with Turner again, casting her as the voice of Jessica Rabbit in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954), better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American film and stage actress and director. Turner came to fame during the 1980s, after roles in Body Heat (1981), Romancing the Stone (1984), and Prizzi’s Honor (1985), the latter two earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. In the later 1980s and early 1990s, Turner had roles in The Accidental Tourist (1988), The War of the Roses (1989), Serial Mom (1994) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Turner later had roles in The Virgin Suicides (1999), Baby Geniuses (1999), and Beautiful (2000), as well as guest-starring on the NBC sitcom Friends as Chandler Bing’s cross-dressing father Charles Bing, and in the third season of Showtime’s Californication as Sue Collini, the jaded, sex-crazed owner of a public relations company. Turner has also done considerable work as a voice actor, namely as Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), as well as Monster House (2006), and the television series King of the Hill.

Turner co-starred in Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito. The film critic Pauline Kael wrote of her performance as writer Joan Wilder, “Turner knows how to use her dimples amusingly and how to dance like a woman who didn’t know she could; her star performance is exhilarating.” Romancing the Stone was a surprise hit: she won a Golden Globe for her role in the film, and it became one of the top-ten-grossing movies of 1984.

Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. He has won four Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, two Academy Awards—as producer of 1975’s Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and as Best Actor in 1987 for his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street—and an Emmy Award in 2013 for his portrayal of Liberace in the HBO film Behind the Candelabra. Other performances include The Game, Wonder Boys, Traffic and Falling Down. Douglas received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2009. He is the eldest of actor Kirk Douglas’ four sons.

Douglas’s acting career was propelled to fame when he produced and starred in the 1984 romantic adventure comedy Romancing the Stone. It also reintroduced Douglas as a capable leading man and gave director Robert Zemeckis his first box-office success. The film also starred Danny DeVito, a friend of Douglas since they had shared an apartment in the 1960s. It was followed a year later by a sequel, The Jewel of the Nile, which he also produced.

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