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The Jewel of the Nile [1985]

Director:Lewis Teague
Writer:Lawrence Konner
Mark Rosenthal
Composer:Jack Nitzsche
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Adventure
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:46%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.

Reaction: Perfectly serviceable but not as successfully put together as the previous movie.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Lewis Teague => Director
Lawrence Konner => Writer
Mark Rosenthal => Writer
Jack Nitzsche => Composer
Avner Eisenberg => Jewel
Daniel Peacock => Rock Promoter
Danny DeVito => Ralph
Hamid Fillali => Rachid
Holland Taylor => Gloria
Howard Jay Patterson => Barak
Kathleen Turner => Joan
Michael Douglas => Jack
Omero Capanna => Hitman (uncredited)
Paul David Magid => Tarak
Randall Edwin Nelson => Karak
Samuel Ross Williams => Arak
Spyros Fokas => Omar (as Spiros Focás)
Timothy Daniel Furst => Sarak

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • There were plans of an ongoing franchise ala Indiana Jones; and The Crimson Eagle and Racing the Monsoon were proposed sequels; involving Joan and Jack and their teenaged children going on another globetrotting treasure hunt expedition together. There were also plans of rebooting the franchise with Taylor Kitsch and [?] Katherine Heigl. But all of this was eventually scrapped.
  • Kathleen Turner resisted making the sequel because of her money squabble over the original, and because she didn't like the script, over which she had negotiated approval. She only signed after Fox filed a $25 million lawsuit against her.
  • Romancing the Stone (1984), the predecessor of this film, was the only produced screenplay for writer Diane Thomas. She had been working as a waitress in Malibu when producer/star Michael Douglas optioned her script for $250,000, allowing her to quit her job. Sadly, Thomas died in a car accident, while working on a new movie project with Steven Spielberg the following year, about seven weeks before the opening of this film. She was a passenger while her boyfriend was driving a Porsche that Douglas had bought for her as a thank you gift. This film is dedicated "In Memory of" Thomas.