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The Night of the Iguana (6-Aug-1964)

Director: John Huston

Writers: Anthony Veiller; John Huston

From a play by: Tennessee Williams

Music Composed and Conducted by: Benjamin Frankel

Producer: Ray Stark

Keywords: Drama

A clergyman defrocked after an affair with an underage girl takes employment as a tour guide in Puerto Vallarta for a bus full of vacationing American Baptist spinsters, only to encounter additional temptation. Won an Oscar for Best Costume Design; received additional nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Set Decoration.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Richard Burton
10-Nov-1925 5-Aug-1984 Nineteen Eighty Four
Ava Gardner
24-Dec-1922 25-Jan-1990 The Barefoot Contessa
Grayson Hall
18-Sep-1922 7-Aug-1985 The Night of the Iguana
Deborah Kerr
30-Sep-1921 16-Oct-2007 From Here to Eternity
Sue Lyon
10-Jul-1946   Lolita


Richard Burton   ...   Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon
Ava Gardner   ...   Maxine Faulk
Deborah Kerr   ...   Hannah Jelkes
Sue Lyon   ...   Charlotte Goodall
James Ward   ...   Hank Prosner
Grayson Hall   ...   Judith Fellowes
Cyril Delevanti   ...   Nonno
Mary Boylan   ...   Miss Peebles


Review by mumford (posted on 24-Mar-2008)

Considering the A line cast and director, this should have been a minor classic. Instead a lot of talent is wasted. I blame Huston who was obviously past his prime when he did this. (He also is responsible for Reflections in a Golden Eye and there is no need to discuss that travisty). In Iguana's case he manages to make Richard Burton boring, he wastes the wonderful Deborah Kerr who flounces in and out of the movie in somewhat of a daze. The only one who delivers is Ava Gardner. Ms Gardner has been quoted as saying Huston was her favorite director. In any case she is wonderful. Judge for yourself, but it's not really worth the time.

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