A mining promoter and conman who, with help of his drunk sidekick, takes a lovely widow and her troubled son on a treasure hunt into the mountains to find the long dead Ruby Silver mine. But along the way, self-discovery marks the journey of the four dreamers seeking riches at the legendary mine.
Along the seaboard of the American South, cut-throat salvagers who profit from the wrecks of transatlantic cargo ships move from exploiting shipwrecks to causing them. As the most dangerous of the salvagers, King Cutler, takes aim at the ships of the wealthy Devereaux Company, ambitious ship captain Jack Stuart and company lawyer Stephen Tolliver vie for the hand of feisty Loxi Claiborne.
After taking a ride with the wrong sort of guy, a teen-aged hippy manages to escape and hide on a secluded property where stands the home of a middle-aged and disillusioned divorced man. He reluctantly takes her in only to fall, unexpectedly, in love with her.
Newspaper reporter Peter Dawes and stenographer Marilyn David meet regularly on a park bench sharing popcorn along with their dreams. Their budding romance is soon threatened by a chance meeting between Marilyn and Charles Gray, an English nobleman visiting America.
In late 1800s England, Jude Fawley is a stonemason with a passion for learning. After a brief but unhappy marriage, he moves to Christminster where he meets and falls totally in love his liberal cousin Sue.
Melanie Griffith (Something Wild) stars as Billie Dawn, a Las Vegas showgirl whose lack of sophistication embarrasses her Washington, D.C. millionaire boyfriend (John Goodman). He, in turn, hires a handsome and well-educated journalist (Don Johnson) to help smarten her up.
Gérard Depardieu stars as an overprotective father who lands in hot water when his overactive teenage daughter (Katherine Heigl) gets in over her head at a tropical vacation resort. Soon, the mischievous teen is getting Dad in big trouble.