Romancing the Stone

Synopsis: Joan Wilder, a mousy romance novelist, receives a treasure map in the mail from her recently murdered brother-in-law. Meanwhile, her sister Elaine is kidnapped in Colombia and the two criminals responsible demand that she travel to Colombia to exchange the map for her sister. Joan does, and quickly becomes lost in the jungle after being waylayed by Zolo, a vicious and corrupt Colombian cop who will stop at nothing to obtain the map. There, she meets an irreverent soldier-of-fortune named Jack Colton who agrees to bring her back to civilization. Together, they embark upon an adventure that could be straight out of Joan's novels.
Director(s): Robert Zemeckis
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

What's it gonna be, Angelina?

JOAN AS ANGELINA: It was Grogan...

the filthiest, dirtiest, dumbest excuse for a


west of the Missouri River.

Now, you can die two ways, angel.

Quick like the tongue of a snake...

or slower than the molasses in January.

JOAN AS ANGELINA: But it was October.

I'll kill you, God damn it, if it's the Fourth

of July!

Where is it?

Get over there.

JOAN AS ANGELINA: I told him to get out...

now that he had what he came for.

Not quite, Angel.

Take'em off.

Do it!

Come on!


JOAN AS ANGELINA: That was the end of Grogan...

the man who killed my father, raped and murdered

my sister...

burned my ranch, shot my dog, and stole my


But if there was one law of the West...

bastards had brothers...

who seemed to ride forever.

But suddenly, there he was, my beloved Jesse.

He was the one man I trusted - the only man.

My heart leapt as I watched him ride near.

I could barely wait to feel the warmth of his


At the moment his lips met mine...

I knew that we would never again be apart.

I knew then that we would spend...

the rest of our lives together.


Oh, God, that's good.




[Door squeaks]

I finished, sweetheart. You want to celebrate?


So do I.

Romeo, Romeo, where art thou, Romeo?


There. Hey, it's Bumble Bee, kiddo.

Just so you know, I spare no expense when I


Here's looking at you, Jesse.

Whoever you are.

Are you finished?

Thank you.

Oh, come here, Romeo.

Yeah. Yeah.

[Telephone rings]






Oh, my God, Romeo, is that the time?

Gloria! I'm going to be late.


- Hi.

- Oh, hi, pumpkin.

Mrs. Irwin, why won't you take the


MRS. Irwin:
Pumpkin, I never get in an elevator


You know...rapists. Where are you

running off to?

Oh...I've got to get to my publisher's.

MRS. Irwin:
By the way, pumpkin...

the mailman couldn't fit this into your box...

So I told him I'd give it to you

That's some love letter.

Mrs. Irwin, you're a tease.

I know, but I keep hoping for you, pumpkin.

[Vendors loudly hawking goods]

Lady, how about a monkey for your little


I'll give it to you for ten dollars.

Really great deal. Come on, lady.

No. I don't -

Your boyfriend will love it.

It's kind of kinky, you know what I mean?

Nine dollars - eight dollars, bottom line.

Thank you, but I really don't need a


Oh, but, lady, this is kinda cute.

Hey. That's Miss Wilder's apartment.

Can I help you?

Excuse me...

Get away from that door.

What's this?


Wimp. Wimp.



Major loser.

Too angry. Too vague.

Too desperate.

God, too happy.

Oh. Look at this guy, Mr. Mondo-dizmo.

I actually used to date him. Total sleaze-


Wait a minute, wait a minute. Hold everything.

Get a load of this character. Now, what about


No, he's - he's just not -

Who? Jesse?

Maybe it's silly, but I know...

that there is somebody out there for me.

Oh, yeah? Where?

Certainly not here.

Gloria, why do we always have to have this same


Because I like you, and I hate to see you all


waiting for somebody who's not gonna show up.

OK, Gloria.

Here it is.


Read it and weep. I always do.

I'll call you, OK?

Come on, don't leave. Have another


- I can't.

- Come on, stay.

I'm your publisher. I'm ordering you to.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry I even dragged you to this


I just wanted you to get out.

I know how hard you've been working.

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Diane Thomas

Diane Renee Thomas (January 7, 1946 – October 21, 1985) was a screenwriter. She was working as a waitress while writing scripts and then had the opportunity to pitch the script for Romancing the Stone to customer Michael Douglas who then bought, produced, and starred in the film with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. She was born January 7, 1946 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Her family moved to Long Beach, California when she was 12 years old. She attended the University of Southern California and majored in business. Then, according to her obituary, "She worked as an advertising copywriter, wrote travel brochures, took acting classes and worked toward a degree in psychology."In 1978, while working "every spare hour for a year" on Romancing the Stone, Thomas was a waitress at Coral Beach Cantina on the Pacific Coast Highway. It took less than a week for her agent, Norman Kurland, to sell the script. Kurland had sent it to several major studios. Actor/producer Michael Douglas and Columbia Pictures bought the script, though the film would later be made by 20th Century Fox. According to other accounts, the sale of the screenplay was a Cinderella story in itself: Thomas pitched the story directly to Douglas herself, when the actor happened to come into her cafe as a customer. This account, however, is disputed."It just had a spontaneity about the writing," Douglas said of the screenplay that would launch Thomas' career. "She was not cautious. The script had a wonderful spirit about it. . . . There was a total lack of fear to the writing. It worked." The screenplay for Romancing the Stone sold for $250,000. In addition to Thomas, "at least three" uncredited script doctors revised the screenplay.After Romancing the Stone, Thomas wrote another screenplay titled either Blonde Hurricane or Blond Hurricane.Diane Thomas died in a car accident in October 1985, only six weeks before the sequel to Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, was released. At the time, Thomas was busy writing for the movie Always for Steven Spielberg and was not available to write The Jewel of the Nile.In an interview in the Special Edition DVD of Romancing the Stone, Michael Douglas stated that he had purchased a Porsche for Thomas as a present for her work with him on Romancing and help with scenes on Jewel of the Nile. On October 21, 1985, she, her boyfriend and another friend had attended classes at Pepperdine University and had stopped for drinks on the way home. Because her boyfriend had the least to drink, he told police, he was driving late that night when the car, traveling about 80 miles per hour, spun around on the rain-slick Pacific Coast Highway and struck a telephone pole just south of Coastline Drive. Thomas was a back seat passenger in the Porsche Carrera, and was killed instantly. The other friend died at the hospital later. Thomas' boyfriend was hospitalized with internal injuries and "was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol," though no further legal action about the matter was reported in the local newspaper. Thomas was also working on a sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark before she died. Details of what would have been the third Indiana Jones film are sketchy, other than that it was set in a haunted mansion. Steven Spielberg, however, was reportedly resistant to the haunted mansion approach, feeling it too closely resembled his earlier film Poltergeist. At the time of her death, Thomas had completed the first draft.Following her death, the UCLA Extension Writers' Program created the Diane Thomas Screenwriting Awards in her honor. Original judges included Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas, James Brooks and Kathleen Kennedy. more…

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