History Film / RomancingTheStone

19th Oct '17 8:59:02 AM kmf_1974
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* StabTheSalad: A slight variation, since no prop is involved. After bringing Zolo the map he wanted in exchange for her kidnapped sister, Joan Wilder has nothing of value left to keep said villain from eliminating her. With the music playing menacingly, the villain growls "Joan Wilder ... you and your sister........are free to go!"

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* StabTheSalad: A slight variation, since no prop is involved. After bringing Zolo Ira the map he wanted in exchange for her kidnapped sister, Joan Wilder has nothing of value left to keep said villain from eliminating her. With the music playing menacingly, the villain growls "Joan Wilder ... you and your sister........are free to go!"
20th Sep '17 6:01:07 AM NNinja
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* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Played with. Ira promises to release Joan's sister if he gets the map. When he gets the map, he says, threateningly, "You... and your sister..." and trails off menacingly, making the audience (and Joan!) think he's going to villainously renege on his promise, only to suddenly turn friendly, smile, and add, "...can go!"

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* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Played with.Subverted. Ira promises to release Joan's sister if he gets the map. When he gets the map, he says, threateningly, "You... and your sister..." and trails off menacingly, making the audience (and Joan!) think he's going to villainously renege on his promise, only to suddenly turn friendly, smile, and add, "...can go!"
12th Sep '17 4:04:31 AM Milarqui
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* GoodShepard: The Jewel of the Nile is depicted as this. He's also extremely liberal for his time and place given he has no difficulties with Joan Wilder as an unmarried Western woman in a relationship with Jack (as well as encourages her to marry him).

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* GoodShepard: GoodShepherd: The Jewel of the Nile is depicted as this. He's also extremely liberal for his time and place given he has no difficulties with Joan Wilder as an unmarried Western woman in a relationship with Jack (as well as encourages her to marry him).



* {{Quarac}}: Is a military dictatorship desert kingdom with a Muslim majority tribal population.

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* {{Quarac}}: {{Qurac}}: Is a military dictatorship desert kingdom with a Muslim majority tribal population.
12th Sep '17 4:03:07 AM Milarqui
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6th Sep '17 1:27:07 PM SeptimusHeap
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** The original theatrical cut and {{HBO}} exhibition of the film had English subtitles for the Spanish dialog. Subsequent versions have ditched the subtitles, which invoke this trope.

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** The original theatrical cut and {{HBO}} Creator/{{HBO}} exhibition of the film had English subtitles for the Spanish dialog. Subsequent versions have ditched the subtitles, which invoke this trope.
5th Sep '17 6:17:49 PM CharlesPhipps
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* VisionaryVillain: Omar intends to fake supernatural powers from God in order to create an army to invade his neighboring nations as part of a larger plot to unite the Arab world. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He also intends to redeem his publicity problem by getting Joan Wilder, a famous romance novelist, to write a puff piece on him.]]
5th Sep '17 6:14:58 PM CharlesPhipps
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* BigBad: Omar is the ObviouslyEvil main antagonist who invites Joan to join him.
* BigGood: The Jewel is this. His actual name is Al-Juhara.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: A quirky inoffensive man with glases and an umbrella is the most dangerous man (to Omar) in Kadir.
* {{Expy}}: Omar is stated to be the setting's equivalent of Saddam Hussein and based on him. However, he's the dictator of a country called Kadir which is close enough to the Nile that tribal people call their spiritual leader its Jewel. In effect, making Kadir probably a stand-in for Libya and Omar a CompositeCharacter of Saddam Hussein and Quadaffi.
* GoodShepard: The Jewel of the Nile is depicted as this. He's also extremely liberal for his time and place given he has no difficulties with Joan Wilder as an unmarried Western woman in a relationship with Jack (as well as encourages her to marry him).
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Omar ruins his chances of taking over the country by inviting Joan to be his novelist.
* ObviouslyEvil: Omar is a DownplayedTrope version of this as he's known to be an evil dictator in-universe but charms Joan by appealing to her vanity. Even so, he keeps a torture chamber in his palace where the screams can be heard.
--> Joan: What was that?
--> Omar: Cats.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The Jewel of the Nile is stated to be able to perform miracles and does a number of extremely implausible things as well as magic tricks (some of which are similar to stories Jesus of all people). However, we never find out if he's actually capable of doing supernatural actions. Either way, he's a good decent man.
** The Jewel, himself, plays with this as he destroys the wall of the prison Joan and he are kept in.
--> Joan: It's a miracle.
--> Al-Juhara: Dry rot.
* MeaningfulName: Al-Juhara means "Gift of God" and he's implied to be a miracle worker. It's also appropriate given he's the Jewel of the Nile as his title.
* {{Quarac}}: Is a military dictatorship desert kingdom with a Muslim majority tribal population.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Jack has a case of this as he's been overdoing the partying and sailing to the point Joan has become bored. Jack doesn't take this very well.
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22nd Aug '17 3:36:30 PM ClintEastwood
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* ActionSurvivorActionSurvivor: Joan Wilder is a classic case. Starting out as a romance novelist who barely leaves her dowdy apartment, she ventures off to aid her sister and becomes . . . a romance novelist who lives her plot lines.



* AdrenalineMakeover: Joan Wilder is a mousy, reclusive romance novelist. But when she gets in over her head in Colombia, Jack T. Colton is there to help her out for a price. Along the way, after he chops the heels off her shoes and tosses her suitcase full of sensible business suits into the jungle, they ride a mudslide, swing on vines, and do the sort of things she writes about in her novels. By the midpoint of the movie, her hair is down and she's dip-dancing in Jack's arms. By the end of the movie, she's no longer mousy or reclusive. By the sequel, Joan's backslid a little and goes through the transformation a second time.



-->But at least I'm honest. I'm not trying to romance it out from under her.



* BrokenHeel: Averted: Joan does this once, leading Jack to grab her shoes and remove the heels. With a machete.
--> '''Joan''': Is nothing I own sacred to you? Those were ''Italian!''
--> '''Jack''': Now they're ''practical.''
** Which is major FridgeLogic for those who know the engineering of high heels. If you tried to wear them sans heel you'd be walking around with your toes pointed nearly 90 degrees straight up.



* CallBack: At the beginning of the film, the villain of the book Joan is writing tells the heroine, "You can die two ways: quick like the tongue of a snake, or slower than molasses in January." During the film's climax, Zolo poses a similar question: "How will you die, [[spoiler:Joan Wilder]]? Slow, like... a snail? Or fast, like a shooting star?"



* CallBack: At the beginning of the film, the villain of the book Joan is writing tells the heroine, "You can die two ways: quick like the tongue of a snake, or slower than molasses in January." During the film's climax, Zolo poses a similar question: "How will you die, [[spoiler:Joan Wilder]]? Slow, like... a snail? Or fast, like a shooting star?"



* ChastityDagger: The FakeOutOpening ends this way. And Joan resorts to a Chastity Switchblade before it's all over.



* HowWouldYouLikeToDie: Done twice, first in an excerpt from one of Joan Wilder's novels and played for comedy:
-->'''Grogan''': You can die two ways: quick like the tongue of a snake, or slower than the molasses in January.
-->'''Joan, narrating''': But it was October.
-->'''Grogan''': I'll kill you, goddammit, if it's the Fourth of July!
** Near the end of the movie proper, Zolo echoes the previous scene, much less humorously: "How will you die, Joan Wilder? Slow, like... a snail? Or fast, like a shooting star?"



* IWroteOurStory: Near the end, it's revealed Joan's latest romance novel was based on the events of the film, albeit she included a happy ending before she actually got one.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Michael Douglas as Jack.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Michael Douglas as Jack.Jack T. Colton and Juan.



* JustDesserts: Zolo's hand is bitten off by a crocodile, and then he drops into a pit of them.



* LatinLand: The story takes place in Colombia.



* MineralMacGuffin: El Corazon ("The Heart"), an enormous emerald.



* ModestyTowel: Joan Wilder emerges from the shower with a towel around her.



* MysteriousMiddleInitial: Jack gives his name as "Jack T. Colton." While berating him, Joan says (among other things) that "a real man is trustworthy." Later, when she asks what the "T" stands for, [[IronicEcho he says, "Trustworthy."]] But we never find out what the "T" ''really'' stands for.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: El Corazon is temporarily lost when a crocodile swallows it along with Zolo's hand. Jack Colton gives chase after it, and returns in the final scene with boots made from crocodile-hide.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Jack joins up with Joan to try to get El Corazon from her, but love and helping her save her sister turns out to be more important than the money...well, mostly.



* RoadTripRomance: Jack and Joan engage in the kind that happens in Joan's novels.



* StabTheScorpion

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* StabTheScorpionStabTheSalad: A slight variation, since no prop is involved. After bringing Zolo the map he wanted in exchange for her kidnapped sister, Joan Wilder has nothing of value left to keep said villain from eliminating her. With the music playing menacingly, the villain growls "Joan Wilder ... you and your sister........are free to go!"
* StabTheScorpion: Jack and Joan are waiting out a rainstorm in the wreckage of an old plane. He whips out his machete and cuts the head off of a very long snake that was right behind Joan. Then he cooks it for them.



* TrashcanBonfire: There's one at the abandoned fort where Ira tells Joan to come to make the exchange of the map for her sister. It's genuinely creepy.



16th Aug '17 6:51:24 AM ClintEastwood
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: A second sequel with the working title, ''The Crimson Eagle'', was optioned but ultimately shelved. The plot would have involved Jack, Joan and their kids in Thailand being blackmailed into stealing a priceless statue.
3rd Aug '17 9:30:32 AM FallenDelf
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** [[spoiler:Then again, he eventually finds and kills said crocodile and retrieves the stone after the fact anyway.]]
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