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The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Approved | | Drama | 6 August 1964 (USA)
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A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life.

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The Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon has been living in Mexico for two years, working as a tourist guide for a cut-rate travel agency. Shannon lost his church and was defrocked after taking liberties with one of his parishioners. He's now accompanying a group of middle-aged ladies from Texas whose leader, Judith Fellowes, is keeping a close eye on her teenage ward, Charlotte Goodall, who definitely has an interest in the former priest. After Charlotte and Shannon spend the night together, Fellowes is out to have him fired and to keep her from communicating with his employer, Shannon strands them at a remote hotel run by his good friend Maxine Faulk. It's the arrival of Hannah Jelkes and her elderly grandfather that has the greatest impact however. Her approach to life and love forces Shannon to deal with his demons and re-evaluate his life. Written by garykmcd

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hotel | bus | mexico | guide | church | See All (164) »

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Man And Woman - Love And Lust - Ruin And Redemption - One Night They All Meet. See more »

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6 August 1964 (USA)  »

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La noche de la iguana  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Ava Gardner kept changing one of her lines in the film from "In a pig's eye, you are!" to "In a pig's ass, you are!", much to the delight of the rest of the cast and crew, including director John Huston. See more »

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A boom mic hits Shannon's head when he's talking to Hannah. See more »

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T. Lawrence Shannon: I'm panicking!
Hannah Jelkes: I know that.
T. Lawrence Shannon: A man can die of panic!
Hannah Jelkes: Not when he enjoys it as much as you do, Dr. Shannon.
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Imperfect but moving
28 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

John Huston's film version of the Tennessee Williams play is one of his most underrated. As happened too often, Williams found his play diluted and compromised on its way to the big screen. However, enough of his memorable characters and beautiful dialogue remain to make this film well worth seeing. As the protagonist, a defrocked Episcopal priest at odds with his own sexual desires, Richard Burton gives a performance that is all over the place: witty at times, somnambulant at others, wildly over-the-top more often than not. But Williams always saved his best writing for the female characters in his plays and Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr create indelible portraits of a pair of women handling the onset of middle-age in wildly differing ways. Gardner, worn-looking but still beautiful, simply gives the finest performance of her career. Sexy and very funny, she makes you wish she had gotten more juicy three-dimensional roles to play. Kerr is, in a word, magnificent--perhaps the best performance in an amazingly consistent career studded with fantastic performances. She deserved every award given that year (none of which, to my knowledge, she won). The atmospheric photography (in beautiful black & white), an evocative musical score, and a terrific supporting performance by Grayson Hall (a funny but scary picture of repressed homosexuality) are all plusses.


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