Romancing the Stone

Continuity mistake: When Joan slides down the hill through the jungle, she lands in a pool of water, with her back to the 'slide'. But in the next clip she has turned 180 degrees.

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Continuity mistake: When the people step off the crashed bus, depending on the shot they're either outside the bus or coming out again. Furthermore, once outside, their positions change randomly depending on the shot.

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Continuity mistake: When Joan's bus crashes, the film editing becomes chaotic: suitcases on the roof fall in one shot, then remain in place on the other; the stuff on the ground keeps appearing/disappearing randomly, and Joan's blue suitcase swaps from laying horizontally to diagonally.

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Continuity mistake: After Joan's bus crashes, the parrot on the jeep keeps changing positions in every single shot.

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Continuity mistake: When the bus crashes, the sign on its roof falls, yet when the angle changes it's back on its place.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the opening credits sequence, where Kathleen Turner is at home with her cat, she opens a glass cabinet to take out a bottle of alcohol. Throughout this shot we can see a reflection of the camera man (wearing a red t-shirt) directly in front of her face.

Factual error: None of the "Colombians" speaks with a Colombian accent or uses Colombian slang.

Joan Wilder: These were Italian.
Jack Colton: Now they're practical.

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Trivia: The film was written by Diane Thomas. Thomas was a struggling waitress and actress, and had been working odd jobs to make ends meet when she wrote the script. While there is some dispute over how it happened, eventually the script made its way to actor Michael Douglas, who championed Thomas and helped get the movie made. The script was so well-liked, she ended up getting numerous offers, and at one point was even attached to help write one of the "Indiana Jones" sequels. Sadly, she was killed in a car accident only a year after this movie's release, and it remains the only film she was credited for writing.

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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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