Time for some levity and it is all about Treasure Hunting so, needless to say, I am not picking the great film, "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (We don't need no stinkin' badges!) because I wanted more fun this time. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what everyone else has chosen for this theme. Here are my 3...
This is a nice classic film directed by Stanley Donan about a recently widowed woman, played by Hepburn, who meets a man, Grant, when in the Alps. Without realizing it, she holds onto a a treasure that many people are after, including Grant. She has no idea where to look but when big oafs like George Kennedy and James Coburn come after her, Grant is there to save her. She knows better than to trust him since the CIA operative(played by Walter Matthau) informed her about the stolen loot and who is all after it. This is comedic, romantic and fun which is nicely directed by Stanley Donan (not directed by Alfred Hitchcock).
2. IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD-1963
SYLVESTER!!!! Yes, I have picked this film before but, I just can't help it because it is perfect for this theme and I love it for the true zaniness of it. There are many cameos in this film(Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis, etc..) starting with Jimmy Durante driving like a nut on a mountainous road passing all these vehicles before he hurls off a cliff. The vehicles all stop and the men venture down to Durante who tells them there is a treasure under the "Big W" before he, literally, kicks the bucket. The men make it back up to the gals, by the side of the road, and soon decide to split the treasure if they work together. Well, that doesn't work and they all scramble, like nutjobs, back into the cars to get to the treasure. You have a married couple, another married couple with the loudmouth mother-in-law in the backseat, 2 best friends and a repair man all trying to run the other off the road. Before you know it, they pick up other people who also try to get in on the action. The police? They know all about the treasure and follow all these bumbling buffoons hoping they will lead them to the treasure. Poor Spencer Tracy is the police chief henpecked by both his wife and his daughter. Dick Shawn as Sylvester, is brilliant as the stoned out of his mind son of Ethel Merman, who keeps calling him yelling his name. I remember watching this movie with my dad and the climax of the film, had my dad laughing so hard, tears ran down his cheeks...one of my favourite memories. It's a long movie but you don't realize it and it is a fun time to escape from today's world.
3. ROMANCING THE STONE-1984
Before Kathleen Turner played Chandler Bing's dad(on "Friends"), she was a downright sexy gal in the 1980s. I have to say, it always pissed me off that she played a Transvestite(Transsexual??, I don't mean to be ignorant but I get mixed up) on "Friends" because she had gained weight and her husky voice got a little deeper (just like Lauren Bacall). It came out later that Turner is a recovering alcoholic but also suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis so the drugs she takes does not help with weight. She, to me, is still beautiful and vivacious...so there. Ok, back to the movie which is so much fun about a mousy, pent-up romance novelist who receives a map in the mail from her brother-in-law whom she finds out has been killed and her sister, kidnapped. She goes to Columbia to save her sister and give the map to the kidnappers when the bus she is on is taken over by a corrupt cop who wants the map for himself. Enter devil-may-care and Vidal Sassoon hair man, Michael Douglas, who saves the day much to his and her's chagrin. Let's just say, they end up in the jungle running from people who want this map that holds the key to the treasure. Along the way, they also have a pint-sized nemesis in Danny DeVito. This is such a fun movie that spawned a brief affair between the 2 leads that settled into a lifelong friendship along with Mr. DeVito. It also spawned a sequel and a nasty marriage black comedy with all 3 in the later movies. You can tell they all had a lot of fun.
Which 3 treasure hunting films would you choose?