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Romancing The Stone Review

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Responding to her sister's kidnapping, a writer form Chicago sets out on a rescue mission to the Colombian jungle, teaming up with an American fortune hunter along the way and becoming embroiled in the quest for the titular precious stone.

★★★★

Looking like an Indy knock-off, Robert Zemeckis' RTS turned out to be a lively action adventure.

A younbg woman from Chicago who writes Romantic novels is sent a package from Colombia by her sister with a note saying that it must be returned as ransom for her kidnapping. Our heroine sets off on a foolhardy mission to the jungle where she is rescued, and then teams up, with a seemingly low life American fortune hunter.

Basically, it's a quest for a precious rock enlivened by romantic sparring from Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, cracking set-pieces, exuberant direction and Danny DeVito on top form. Lewis Teague's sequel retreads the same licks without the zest.

Douglas and Turner make a great double act in this exuberantly directed adventure movie with a great start turn from the always enjoyable De Vito. Good stuff.

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