PG | | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.
Debuted in the same year as the Australian TV movie; The Fire in the Stone (1984). The word "stone" in the title refers to the mineraloid gemstone; opal, which is mined in outback South Australian town of Coober Pedy, where the movie was set. The word "stone" in Romancing the Stone (1984), referred to an emerald.
What's it gonna be, Angelina?
Joan Wilder: It was Grogan: the filthiest, dirtiest, *dumbest* excuse for a man west of the Missouri River.
Grogan: So, you can die two ways, angel: quick like the tongue of a snake, or slower than the molasses in January.
Joan Wilder: But it was October.
When Jack and Joan emerge on opposite sides of the river after jumping over the waterfall, Jack tells Joan to follow the sunset (West) to Cartagena. As we know the treasure is somewhere close to the middle of the Colombian Department (State) of Cordoba (reference when Jack learns about the map), she would be heading AWAY from Cartagena which is due North of Cordoba.
The DVD makes several changes to the subtitles that accompany Spanish dialog. Originally, very little Spanish dialog was subtitled; only Zolo's remark to Ralph that "You must be French," and his order to "Assemble your men" were originally captioned. On the DVD, "You must be French" is changed to "Are you French?," while "Assemble your men" is captioned only as "Speaking Spanish." The translations only appear when the English subtitles are turned on. The lines in which Zolo commandeers Ralph's car and orders him to turn around, a scene where a soldier spots Jack and Joan walking through a cemetery, and orders given to search the hotel as Jack and Joan sneak out, are now translated on the subtitle track. Juan's explanation of who she is, which was already subtitled, is now preceded by "This is Juanita Wilder."
English, Spanish, French
$5,105,741 1 April 1984