Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone (1984)

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Corrected entry: The end credits of the film don't have the usual "No animals were harmed during the filming..." Maybe this is because when the Little Mule 4WD is being chased, it clearly runs over a chicken.

Correction: Not all films have this disclaimer, even if no animals were harmed, because the AHA has to be present and not all films are willing to pay for them to come out. Without any actual evidence of why this film doesn't have the disclaimer, this isn't trivia but speculation.


Correction: I tripled checked the scene. The chicken did not get killed. It was under the truck but got away and wasn't killed.

The entry doesn't say the chicken was killed. But since you can see that the truck ran it over, the filmmakers probably weren't allowed to put the "No animals were harmed" section in the credits.


That's not entirely accurate. First off, the American Humane Association has to be on site to independently oversee animal treatment. If a film chooses not to hire them, they can not legitimately use the disclaimer, even if no animals were harmed. Since many filming locations were outside the US, it's unlikely they were present. Additionally, if the AHA is present and an animal was injured or killed but the production crew followed AHA guidelines, the film can still use the disclaimer.


Corrected entry: When Joan takes over cutting the leaves in the jungle, she drops the machete when she comes upon the skeleton. Neither she nor Jack bend over to pick it up, but Jack has it in the plane to kill the snake. (00:04:00)

Correction: When they're outside in the rain, it is daylight. By the time he kills the snake inside the plane, night has fallen. Plenty of time for him to go back out and fetch the machete.


Corrected entry: Jack agrees to take Joan to Cartagena for $375 in Amex travellers cheques. That's a weird sum, considering that there are no $5 cheques. (00:29:05)


Correction: It is true AmEx doesn't issue $5 travelers checks but they do have $25 checks and 15 of them would be $375. This would be about right if she had already cashed one from a book of $400.

Corrected entry: Cartagena has a very modern airport (Pedro de Heredia) even when the movie was made. (00:18:50)

Correction: The city the airport is in is not named, but it is not the Cartagena airport. In the original script, but not shown in the movie, due to weather, Joan's plane is diverted to a different city and different airport (which explains why she has to board a bus to Cartagena instead of just catching a taxi).

Corrected entry: When Jack goes down the waterfall he lets go of the bag with the stone. Then, when he gets out of the rather wild water he is holding on to the bag again. (01:19:40)


Correction: There was more than enough time for the bag to be floating nearby and for him to grab it in between shots.

Corrected entry: In the account of the bird catch he lost when the bus crashed into his jeep Jack also lists a cockatoo. Cockatoo habitats are Australia and South-East Asia, not South America.


Correction: While not native to the Americas, cockatoos are bred all over the world, including North and South America.

Corrected entry: After the bus accident and the shoot-out with Jack, Zolo runs away, following the road the passengers had taken. It doesn't make sense that a little later, when he stops Ralph's car which is coming along the same road, he comes running out of the jungle. (00:26:05)


Correction: Why doesn't it make sense? There is jungle all around. He could have taken a shortcut through the jungle or even been hiding.

Corrected entry: When Ralph's car is floating in the river right before the waterfall the whole front of the car swings up and down following the motions of the water. Obviously it's a real light "able to swim" version. (01:19:10)

Correction: It's floating, therefore it follows the movements of the surface of the water. All floating objects do.

Corrected entry: When Joan and Jack emerge from the river on opposite banks they agree to meet at the hotel. Joan gets there first, and before Jack arrives too the kidnappers guide her to a different place to exchange the map for her sister. When exchange is interrupted by Zolo and his gang, Jack also shows up, although he should have had no idea where the exchange was to take place. (01:25:30)


Correction: Zolo took Jack hostage and brought him to the exchange.

Revealing mistake: When Michael Douglas attempts to swing on a vine over a deep abyss, the rock that he runs into on the other side moves like a marshmallow, indicating that it's a fake rock. (00:39:10)

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Trivia: The studio was so sure the film would be a flop, they preemptively fired director Robert Zemekis from his next project, "Cocoon," and instead gave the job to Ron Howard. Ironically, the film ended up being one of the top-ten grossing films of the year.


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Question: What is it likely that the stone (an emerald, I gather) was worth in 1984 US dollars?

Answer: Any emerald over 1 carat in that beautiful cut and condition would probably go for over 250 million. Real emeralds over 5 carats are rare and the price goes up exponentially after 2 or 3 carats. 305,000 per carat after 5. So yeah that one was probably like 800 or more carats.

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