The Night of the Iguana

The Night of the Iguana

DVD - 2006
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A defrocked, alcoholic, and emotionally-troubled minister struggles with his desire for earthly pleasures as a tour guide in Mexico. Shepherding a busload of school teachers and one libidinous 18-year old girl, he becomes entangled with the teen, suffers a nervous breakdown when discovered, and strands the group at the remote and rundown seaside hotel of his old friend Maxine. As his emotional state continues to unravel, and the group's problems increase, the hotel is joined by a travelling artist and her aged poet father, with their own secret troubles.

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maipenrai
Dec 29, 2018

Having recently read the play by Tennessee Williams, I was curious to see how well the film captured the amazing drama. I had not seen the movie since viewing it in a movie theater in 1964. Of all the great talent in this film, I thought Ava Gardner was the very best. She captured the poignant longing and overt sexuality that co-existed in her character. Being better than Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr is no mean feat. I thought they were both excellent, they did not demonstrate the complexity that had to be shown by Ms. Gardner. I was looking for similarities between the play and movie and was surprised by one scene that was not in the original play. By watching the "extras" on the DVD, I was pleased to learn that the scene was created by Tennessee himself on the set because Huston was not happy with the script. My one complaint about the film ( I could not determine if this was an actual part of the play - I did not remember it being so ) was the stereotypical Mexican beach boys that are constantly chasing Ms. Gardner while shaking maracas. I thought this was over the top and annoying. The film's / play's character is having her sexual needs met by the young men, but the maracas, not so much. This is an excellent adaptation of Mr. Williams' play. I recommend it. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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messala2
Sep 18, 2018

Second only to "Streetcar" as a film interpretation of a Tennessee Williams play. John Huston flips the play on it's ear as it becomes a dark comedy in his hands. Burton is , quite frankly, hilarious as Shannon and Ava Gardner really acts on film for the first time. The play was infamous as a vehicle for Bette Davis in the part Ava plays. On opening night she was greeted with applause at her entrance and proceeded to the stage edge to accept it; then went back to the play. Tennessee had an aneurism.

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1aa
Jun 23, 2018

This is an extremely interesting and sophisticated drama, excellently performed. Slightly marred by close-ups and cutbacks.

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lavasushi
May 28, 2018

Excellent cast. Ava Gardner is superb. Richard Burton really is, sadly, an incredible actor as he embodies his characters in a drunken, distraught technique. He failed to live up to his expected brilliance of his abilities. Deborah Kerr is good, but I’ve just come from “The King and I” and “The Innocents” which are a far better display of her talents than this. Tennessee Williams is so odd and depressing.

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voltaire10
Nov 21, 2016

Expertly directed by John Huston, this film is required viewing for anybody traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 16, 2016

"There are worse things than chastity Mr. Shannon."
"Yes, lunacy and death."
What a galaxy of stars! Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, 1964's "The Night of the Iguana" was directed by John Huston, and stars Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, and Sue Lyon ("Lolita"). Huston was one of the first directors to shoot on location and he took his cast and crew to a small coastal village in Mexico. Like many films based on plays, it can be a bit stagy and long-winded, but the cast and Huston's direction are very good. Burton plays an alcoholic (Was he acting?) defrocked priest leading tours in Mexico and looking for redemption, whilst becoming involved with three very different women. In real life drama, Elizabeth Taylor was on the set for part of the shoot. The overheated, sexually charged atmosphere feels risque for the mid-60s. Kerr also worked with Huston on "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison" and "Casino Royale." The DVD includes 2 short docs and the original trailer. Note: No iguanas were harmed in the making of this film.

7duffy Jul 20, 2015

Well done film on all levels - Writing, story, direction, acting, filming. The leads - Burton, Gardner, Kerr & Lyon - are excellent. Ava Gardner especially stands out, I don't think she's done anything better. Some intense scenes, with vivid undertones, that come from a Tennessee Williams play.

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Nursebob
Jan 31, 2015

With the Mexican Riviera filling in for Eden, religious metaphors abound in John Huston’s tightly directed tale about a disgraced priest leading an all-female tour group through a troubled paradise. As Rev. Shannon wrestles with his own personal serpents, both spiritual and corporeal, he finds himself in the middle of a metaphysical tug-of-war with three strong-willed women embodying Judgment, Forgiveness, and Faith. When the inevitable showdown comes it is a dark and stormy night indeed. Graced with magnificent performances and bold sensual cinematography this story of one man’s journey into light is one of the better Tennessee Williams screen adaptations I’ve seen.

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Thebeyonder456
Jan 01, 2015

Excellent movie, with intense scenes. Definitely worth watching.

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hammer59
Dec 20, 2014

Classic film and one of Tennesee Williams's BEST stories. Beautifully filmed and really interesting study of human nature.

I envy those who have not yet seen this gem.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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