The Jewel of the Nile

1985

The Jewel of the Nile

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The Jewel of the Nile takes up where Romancing the Stone left off, with romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) traveling around the world with her boyfriend, Jack Colton (Michael Douglas). But Joan is becoming bored with Jack and all the romantic attention; as she asks, "How much romance can one woman take?" Invited by Omar (Spiros Focas), a wealthy Arabian potentate, to travel with him to his homeland, Joan readily accepts. Jack decides to pass on the trip, preferring instead to sail through the Mediterranean. It turns out that Omar wants to usurp the role of an Arab holy man known as "The Jewel of the Nile" (Avner Eisenberg), and Joan finds herself thrown in prison with the hapless spiritual leader. Jack comes to the rescue, teaming up with the slapstick bad guy from Romancing the Stone, Ralph (Danny DeVito). Together, the foursome have to cross North Africa in order to escape Omar's minions. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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  • Feb 12, 2013
    The Jewel of the Nile continues the adventures of romance novelist Joan Wilder, but this time in a more contrived and stereotypical action film. While sailing around the world with Jack Colton, Joan becomes bored with writing romance novels and accepts an invitation do an article on an African dictator who's about to united the tribes of his country, but soon after arriving at his palace she discovers that things aren't as they appear. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito all return and slip quite easily back into their characters. But, this time the story is completely formulaic and takes itself too seriously; which drains a lot of fun out of the film. While The Jewel of Nile isn't as good as it's predecessor, its still entertaining and has its moments.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2012
    Again we have the 'Indy' comparison with this sequel. 'Temple of Doom' came out in 84 then along comes the sequel to the original 'Indy' rip off in 85 and again its another poor mans version in my opinion. On top of that we're back to the most common terrain for all adventure flicks...sand dunes in the desert. Now the original film was slightly adult in nature, swearing, soft sex scenes, drugs and slightly more mature action. This time the film has gone completely down the comedy route by amping up the action set pieces ten fold but making them more slapstick than before. The first half of this film feels like a complete 'Temple of Doom' spin, yes I know its set in Egypt but the whole look and feel and the way Turner's character is treated is very similar to 'Doom' at the start. As the film progresses it does manage to shake the 'Indy' vibe and instead could possibly be seen as an early influence for certain Brendan Fraser adventure flicks...well that's just my view. Unfortunately the film just can't escape the need to follow in 'Dr Jones' footsteps so we have an entire action sequence involving a jet plane that is pretty similar to the Nazi plane fight sequence in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. Well 'Indy' comparisons aside (hard to do) the film is still pretty poor. Its chock full of plot holes and inconsistencies which are just silly. Yes I know you can't take the film seriously as at the end of the day its just a fun adventure film but come on!. For a start the trio (Turner, Douglas and Eisenberg) seem to walk and jog across half of Egypt (or somewhere in North Africa) for most of the film. One minute they are being chased by soldiers across a flat desert, the next minute after a brisk jog they are in a mountainous region and manage to climb up a huge cliff face without need for pause or water at any point!. Plus I must add I was never sure where exactly they are suppose to be in North Africa. One minute they're in the fictional nation of 'Kadir', then they stray into Nubian land, then back into Arabic land, they cover a lot of ground it seems. Its all in the same region but its a big region. I guess the continuity is good from the last film, same cast, I don't like the cast but they gel well. Devito has an even bigger comedy role this time and is still completely not funny, almost turning his character into a kind of 'Wil E. Coyote' farce this time, shameful. Speaking of shameful, the less said about the cheap looking sets the better methinks, whoa! Its admittedly cult 80's action fluff but I just can't give a thumbs up for this or the original. This is worse than the first as its been dumbed down badly, at least the first was more mature. You can certainly see where many other adventure flicks in recent years may have gotten inspiration as this has all the ingredients you would expect. Again the films poster is really good but this time gives a good impression of the action to be seen.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2010
    Kathleen Turner plays Joan Wilder who is a famous romance novelist with a recently acquired writer's block who lives on a boat with her boyfriend Jack Cotton (Michael Douglas). Joan agrees to write the biography of a Shiek and is whisked off to Africa, leaving poor Jack behind. Joan soon finds herself in the midst of a mysterious and dangerous situation involving the all powerful "Jewel". Danny DeVito, who has been lurking about and hears the word "Jewel" is not going to be left out this time, and tags along with Jack to come to her rescue. All in all, it's an enjoyable enough comic adventure and Danny De Vito once again steals the show and gets the biggest laughs as they trek through the desert with some angry Muslims hot on their heels.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2010
    The best 80s sequel ever made!!!! This was an extremely good sequel. You have Michael, Kathleen & Danny. What more could you ask for?! Lol. :) A very enjoyable 80s classic! :)
    Cassie H Super Reviewer

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