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

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La noche de la iguana  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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The theatrical trailer is narrated by James Earl Jones, who himself would later play Nonno in a stage production of "The Night of the Iguana" at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2017. See more »

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Shannon walks barefoot over broken glass, leaving bloody footprints all over his hotel room, then chases Charlotte onto the terrace without leaving a trace of blood. See more »

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T. Lawrence Shannon: The Fantastic Level and the Realistic Level are the two levels upon which we live.
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Featured in Stars of the Silver Screen: Ava Gardner (2013) See more »

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Performed by Los Tres Guaramex with Pepito Villa (uncredited)
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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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