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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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Storyline

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 (166) »

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6 August 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La noche de la iguana  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to one of the biographies of Tennessee Williams, "The Kindness of Strangers," by Donald Spoto, the character of Maxine, who is portrayed in this film by Ava Gardner, was purportedly based upon Williams' landlady of the apartment he rented in Santa Monica while he was working at MGM Studios in the 1940s. Her mannerisms, attitudes and even her distinctive one-syllable laugh were detailed by Williams and are expertly performed by Gardner. See more »

Goofs

The Church schedules Morning Prayer and Holy Communion as a single early service, with "Sermon" as a separate service later. In 1964 the Episcopal Church used the 1928 Prayer Book, which had Morning Prayer as one service and Holy Communion as another service. A sermon wouldn't be a stand-alone event, either service could include one. See more »

Quotes

Maxine Faulk: What... uh... subject do you teach back in that college of yours hunny?
Judith Fellowes: Voice... if that's got anything to do with it.
Maxine Faulk: Well geography is my specialty. Did you know that if it wasn't for the dikes, the plains of Texas would be engulfed by the gulf?
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Mxican Hat Dance
("Jarabe Tapatio") (uncredited)
Traditional Mexican folk dance
Heard on record played during fight in the beach bar between Hank and the beach boys.
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1 March 2000 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Watched this film recently for the seventh or eighth time -it' always a delight. Classic Burton hamming it up just enough. . . calm, cool Kerr proping up "Shannon's" sanity. . . free-spirited Gardner charging around trying to keep her sanity and reaching out for Shannon. . .Lyon, the "precocious" seductress. . . all were amazingly believable. I didn't have a problem with the black and white, in fact, I think it added to impact of the film, leaving it up to the actors to pull out the heart of William's magnificent play without the benefit of color, although I'm not sure color would have made any difference anyway. The final dialogue between Kerr and Burton was spellbinding: the meeting of two souls, if only for the moment.

Kerr, Burton, and Gardner were at their finest in this film.


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