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Adventure & Adventurers

Romancing the Stone (1984)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman, Alfonso Arau, Manuel Ojeda. A romance writer sets off to Colombia to pay the ransom of her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure. Thrown into a jungle full of gunfire, mud slides and poisonous snakes, Joan's only hope lies with Jack Colton, a rugged wanderer straight out of her novels. Together, they'll have to outwit the bandits and survive the jungle if they're to save her sister.

Romeo Must Die (2000)

Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. Cast: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, DMX, Delroy Lindo. In this modern day Romeo and Juliet, gravity-warping martial arts, cool visual effects and an all-star music track combine in a revved-up action movie. Rough-and-ready Han shares an attraction with Trish O' Day (Aaliyah) even though their families are rivals in a fierce Oakland turf battle. The two also share plenty of danger as they try to find the real cause of the blood feud. 115 min.

Rush Hour (1998)

Directed by Brett Ratner. Cast: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Chris Penn, Elizabeth Pena.Jackie Chan is Inspector Lee, a Hong Kong Detective who helps confiscate millions of dollars worth of stolen Chinese artifacts from crime Lord Juntao. Seeking revenge, Juntao kidnaps the eleven-year-old daughter of the Chinese consul when he moves to America. Chan is sent as a diplomatic advisor and finds himself paired up with a New York cop -- a man who works alone, and wants to stay that way. 97 min.

S.O.S. Iceberg (Germany / USA, 1933)

Directed by Arnold Fanck and Tay Garnett. Cast: German language version: Leni Riefenstahl, Gustav Diessl, Sepp Rist, Gibson Gowland, Ernst Udet. English language version: Rod La Rocque. Explorer Karl Lorenz is stranded on a steadily eroding iceberg. A rescue crew reaches him only to become stranded themselves. When his pilot wife arrives, she crashes her plane and is stranded too. Surrounded by polar bears they battle the elements, and each other, while hoping for a miracle. 86 min.

Scream of Stone (Schrei aus Stein) (1991)

Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Mathilda May, Stefan Glowacz, Donald Sutherland. A mountaineering expert and a free climber have a rivalry going over who is the better climber. Their antagonism toward each other blows up when they realize they have the same love interest. A journalist decides to exploit their hate by pitting them against each other in a climbing race. Cerre Torre, known for its bad weather, is to be the sight for this media event. PAL format min.

Shanghai Knights (2003)

Director, David Dobkin. Cast: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Donnie Yen, Aidan Gillen, Fann Wong, Tom Fisher, Kim Chan, Gemma Jones. Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon travel to England to find out who killed Chon's father. The killer steals the Chinese Imperial Seal that Chon's father was protecting. While they are in England, they stumble upon a conspiracy to murder the entire British royal family. Only with the help of Chon's beautiful, but deadly sister, can the trio stop the assassination and return the Imperial Seal to its rightful owners. 114 min.

Shanghai Noon (2000)

Directed by Tom Dey.Cast: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Roger Yuan. Two cultures collide when East meets West in this stunt-filled, action-adventure comedy. Chinese Imperial Guard Chan goes West to rescue the beautiful kidnapped Princess Pei Pei. There he meets up with laid-back outlaw cowboy dude Roy O'Bannon: the best mismatch ever made in the rough and tumble Old West. 110 min.

She (1912)

Directed by George O. Nichols. Cast: Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Viola Alberti, William C. Cooper. Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard this is a very early film featuring many elements found in the not-yet-invented adventure/fantasy serial genre. 25 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

She (1935)

Directed by Lansing C. Holden and Irving Pichel. Cast: Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack, Nigel Bruce, Gustav Von Seyffertitz. A group of explorers sets out on a dangerous mission in search of the legendary "flame of life," a mysterious force that bestows immortality. The perilous journey takes them north to the heart of a remote glacier, where they are captured by the beautiful She, an independent, powerful, and fearsome woman who rules a fantastic, subterranean kingdom.

Sherlock Holmes (USA | Germany, 2009)

Directed by Guy Ritchie. Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly, James Fox, Hans Matheson, Geraldine James. After finally catching serial killer and occult 'sorcerer' Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. After his execution, Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again.

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