Romancing the Stone
was an action-adventure comedy released in 1984.
It was such a success with critics and patrons, that a
sequel was released in 1985 called The Jewel of the
Nile. Both movies starred Michael Douglas as
Jack T. Colton, Kathleen
Turner as Joan Wilder, and Danny DeVito as Ralph.
The movie starts with romance writer Joan
Wilder receiving a treasure map in the mail from her
brother-in-law, soon after he was murdered. Joan
is asked to rescue her sister in Colombia, who is being
held hostage by Ralph (Devito) and wants the map as
ransom. On her way to meet up with Ralph, she has
to be rescued from Colonel Zolo, who is also after the
map, by Jack Colton.
After settling into
Colombia, Jack and Joan decide to try and find the
treasure themselves (the treasure is a huge emerald
gem). When they get their hands on it, their plans
are thwarted by both Ralph and Zolo, and Jack gets
separated from Joan. In the end, Zolo, Ralph,
Jack, and Joan all end up in a furious battle for the
stone, which has been swallowed by an alligator.
Jack goes after the alligator, and shows up some time
later at the end of the movie with a new sailboat, in
which Jack and Joan sail off together.
Jewel of the Nile, which did not
fair nearly as well with critics, was a similar movie,
in that another jewel is involved, this time a huge
jewel in the possession of the antagonist character,
Omar. Omar tricks Joan into living with him, and
Jack and Ralph team up to find the jewel and rescue