The Jewel of the Nile was the sequel to the hit adventure comedy Romancing the Stone, and starred Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.
Jewel of the Nile is generally regarded as being slightly weaker than its prequel, but is still a good, enjoyable film in its own right with an incredible soundtrack. There’s even a bellydancing scene with some serious costumes!
It’s been released in various different formats, including RCA’s CED Video Disc, VHS and later blu-ray. So, let’s take a look back at the movie with some facts you probably never knew…
12. The film almost never happened
Kathleen Turner initially refused to appear in the film as she had had some big squabbles with the studio and producers over money in the first film, Romancing the Stone.
11. Turner didn’t like the script
On top of the financial issues, Kathleen Turner also did not like the script for The Jewel of the Nile, and she had initially negotiated that she would have approval of the script before it was accepted.
10. The studio sued Turner into appearing in the film
In the end it took some hard tactics to turn this around and get Turner on board as they had to file a $25 million lawsuit against her for breaching her contract if she didn’t appear, after which she agreed to sign on.
9. Professional jugglers appear as the extras
The juggling troupe, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, appear in the film in the roles of the tribesmen Arak, Barak, Karak, Sarak and Tarak.
8. One of the film’s stars was killed just before it was released
During the production of Jewel of the Nile, the writer of the original film Romancing the Stone, Diane Thomas, was sadly killed in a car crash just seven weeks before she got to see the sequel to her film released.
7. There was an even sadder twist to the tale
In a twist that makes the loss of Diane Thomas even more tragic, she was killed in a car crash in which she was a passenger in a Porsche that Michael Douglas had bought her as a thank you for her work on Romancing the Stone.
6. Three members of the crew were killed on location in Morocco
Whilst scouting locations in Morocco for Jewel of the Nile, three members of the production crew were killed in a car crash. The film is dedicated to them and to Diane Thomas.
5. The finished script wasn’t the finished script
After the script was finished, the producers still were not totally happy with it, and so Ken Levine and David Isaacs did an uncredited re-write of the script, which was the finished version for the movie.
4. The three stars appeared in a music video together
Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito appear in the video for Billy Ocean‘s When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going as doo-wop singers in the background.
3. The video got banned in the UK
The video for Billy Ocean’s song was banned in the UK! There was nothing explicit in the video, but Turner, Douglas and DeVito were not in the Musicians Union and so they refused to show the video in the UK as a result!
2. It didn’t hurt Ocean’s success
In spite of the video being banned in the UK, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” was Billy Ocean’s first number one in the UK!
1. The film was a swansong
The Jewel of the Nile was the final movie ever released on RCA’s CED Video Disc format which was already starting to dwindle, meaning anyone who has a copy could be sat on a collector’s item!