Night Of The Iguana
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Night Of The Iguana

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Director: John Huston

Cast: John Huston, Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr

     
 

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Filmed on location in Mexico by John Huston, Night of the Iguana stars Richard Burton as Rev. Shannon, an alcoholic defrocked minister, who scratches out a living as a south-of-the-border tour guide. His latest customers are several American schoolteachers, and he guides their bus to a rundown hotel owned by flamboyant widow Maxine Faulk (Ava Gardner).

Overview

Filmed on location in Mexico by John Huston, Night of the Iguana stars Richard Burton as Rev. Shannon, an alcoholic defrocked minister, who scratches out a living as a south-of-the-border tour guide. His latest customers are several American schoolteachers, and he guides their bus to a rundown hotel owned by flamboyant widow Maxine Faulk (Ava Gardner). Attempting to dally with Charlotte Goodall (Sue Lyon), one of the schoolteachers, Shannon is caught in the act by the group's "den mother" Judith Fellowes (Grayson Hall), who threatens to have him fired. While he and Maxine connive to keep Judith from calling his superiors, artist Hanna Jelkes (Deborah Kerr) arrives at the hotel with her ailing, elderly poet grandfather (Cyril Delevanti, in a part reportedly offered to poet Carl Sandburg). The midsection of the film charts the vacillating sexual tensions among the besotted Shannon, the earthy Maxine, and the repressed Hanna. The perversions and demons plaguing the principal characters, merely hinted at in the original stage production of by Tennessee Williams, are expanded by Huston, who co-adapted the screenplay with Anthony Veiller. The film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Dorothy Jeakins.

Editorial Reviews

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Tennessee Williams' morality play is well adapted to the screen in writer-director John Huston's 1964 film version. Typically of a Williams effort, there's more than enough intense melodrama and sexuality to go around. This was one of the final films in the spate of screen adaptations of his work, which began with 1951's A Streetcar Named Desire. Changing sexual mores and an increase in sexual frankness may have made Williams' once-scandalous themes seem downright old-fashioned, but Huston's film has survived the test of time better than some others. In the hands of a lesser director, the movie might have become an aberrant sexual farce. All of the actors play their roles straight, and the film mostly benefits from their performances. The sultry Ava Gardner comes across well, though her career would slide into oblivion as the 1960s progressed. As the drunk and defrocked priest lusted after by three very different women, Richard Burton tends to go over-the-top. There was reportedly a great deal of tension on the set among the leads, who were stuck on location in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
UPC:
0012569677425
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
6,045

Special Features

Closed Caption; New featurette Night of the Iguana: Huston's Gamble; Vintage featurette On the Trail of the Iguana; Theatrical trailers; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon
Ava Gardner Maxine Faulk
Deborah Kerr Hanna Jelkes
Sue Lyon Charlotte Goodall
James Ward Hank Prosner
Grayson Hall Judith Fellowes
Cyril Delevanti Nonno
Mary Boylan Miss Peebles
Gladys Hill Miss Dexter
Billie Matticks Miss Throxton
Barbara Joyce Teacher
Fidelmar Duran Pepe
Emilio Fernandez Barkeeper
Eloise Hardt Actor
Robert Leyra Pedro

Technical Credits
John Huston Director,Screenwriter
Eric Allwright Makeup
Clarence Eurist Production Manager
Basil Fenton-Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Gabriel Figueroa Cinematographer
Benjamin Frankel Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen B. Grimes Art Director
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Jack Obringer Makeup
Tom Shaw Asst. Director
Ray Stark Producer
Anthony Veiller Screenwriter
Alexander Whitelaw Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Night of the Iguana
1. Man of God [4:25]
2. Credits [1:24]
3. Tour Bus Singalong [3:30]
4. Miss Fellowes' Warning [3:20]
5. Beach Beast [4:17]
6. Night Visitor [6:21]
7. Change in Accommodations [4:08]
8. Refuge With Maxine [4:42]
9. Montezuma's and Other Revenge [4:40]
10. Hannah and Nonno [10:27]
11. Fish and Fred Stories [7:27]
12. Walking on Glass [2:40]
13. Couple of Scarecrows [5:51]
14. Drawing Shannon Out [4:01]
15. Mutual Vibrations [4:32]
16. Defending Charlotte's Honor [2:38]
17. Mutiny [5:37]
18. Maxine Exacts Payment [3:58]
19. Tied-Up Situation [6:04]
20. Never Alone [5:02]
21. Love Experiences [4:55]
22. Playing God Tonight [4:13]
23. Nonno's Final Poem [4:59]
24. Parting Propositions [5:50]
25. Needed Around Here [2:25]

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Night Of The Iguana 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
liz_smom More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for my daughter's 31st birthday. She enjoys many different genres. We watched it together and enjoyed the movie. It had a good plot and the dramatic performanaces of the actors was entertaining.
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