Jewel of the Nile

Year: 1985
Production Co: SLM production Group
Director: Lewis Teague
Producer: Michael Douglas
Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
So-so sequel to the breakout hit Romancing the Stone, but although only the second (and last) film in the series, the premise, characters and tone felt kind of tired.

Jack (Douglas) and Joan (Turner) travel to Egypt where a seductive nobleman convinces Joan the change she's been searching for lies in writing his autobiography.

When they arrive, it turns out he's a Hussein-like despot who runs a corrupt army in order to claw his way to power. While Jack's away soul searching and falling in with former nemesis Ralph (DeVito), Omar imprisons Joan with a local holy man called the Jewel of the Nile, leaving Jack and Ralph to join forces to rescue her and capture what they think must be a new fortune to be had in the 'jewel'.

Being about a Middle Eastern sheik with a sociological lust for power, it would have been too politically charged to make today, and it shouldn't really have been made then either, Romancing the Stone director Robert Zemeckis passing the reigns to Lewis Teague, alumnus of some of the lesser Bond films.

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