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The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Approved | | Drama | 6 August 1964 (USA)
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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Another movie based on this same play was said to be planned for 2006, but didn't happen. See more »

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When Judith Fellowes runs into the ocean to yell for Charlotte to get out, her skirt is completely wet. In the next scene, when she's back on the beach, it's dry. See more »

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T. Lawrence Shannon: Nothing could be worse for a girl in your unstable condition, to be mixed up with a man in, in my unstable condition because two people in unstable conditons are like two countries facing each other in unstable conditons. The, eh, destructive potential, eh, could blow the whole world to bits!
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Mxican Hat Dance
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Heard on record played during fight in the beach bar between Hank and the beach boys.
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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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