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The Night of the Iguana -- This adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play stars Richard Burton as a de-frocked minister who works as a tour guide in Mexico.
The Night of the Iguana -- 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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Release Date:
6 August 1964 (USA) See more »
Man And Woman - Love And Lust - Ruin And Redemption - One Night They All Meet. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Imperfect but moving See more (78 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Burton ... Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon

Ava Gardner ... Maxine Faulk

Deborah Kerr ... Hannah Jelkes

Sue Lyon ... Charlotte Goodall
Skip Ward ... Hank Prosner (as James Ward)

Grayson Hall ... Judith Fellowes
Cyril Delevanti ... Nonno
Mary Boylan ... Miss Peebles
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fidelmar Durán ... Pepe (uncredited)

Emilio Fernández ... Barkeeper (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ... Teacher (uncredited)
Gladys Hill ... Miss Dexter (uncredited)
Barbara Joyce ... Teacher (uncredited)
C.G. Kim ... Chang (uncredited)
Roberto Leyva ... Pedro (uncredited)
Billie Matticks ... Miss Throxton (uncredited)
Betty Proctor ... Teacher (uncredited)
Liz Rubey ... Teacher (uncredited)
Bernice Starr ... Teacher (uncredited)
Dorthy Vance ... Teacher (uncredited)
Thelda Victor ... Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
Tennessee Williams (play)

Anthony Veiller (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay)

Produced by
Ray Stark .... producer
Sandy Whitelaw .... associate producer (as Alexander Whitelaw)
Emilio Fernández .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel 
Cinematography by
Gabriel Figueroa (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
Art Direction by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
Makeup Department
Agnes Flanagan .... hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Obringer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Clarence Eurist .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
Jaime Contreras .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Morse Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Manuel González .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Benjamin Frankel .... conductor
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Gladys Hill .... associate: Mr. Huston
Abe Steinberg .... production executive
Joseph P. Sinda .... assistant: Richard Burton (uncredited)
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125 min | Germany:112 min | 118 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (1996) | USA:Approved (certificate #20613) | West Germany:16 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

This was the first MGM film without "The End" as the ending title.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The sign in front of the church reads "St. Jame's Episcopal Church". It should be Saint James' with the apostrophe after the s, not before it.See more »
Lawrence Shannon:I want to explain something to you... A man has got just so much in his emotional bank balance. Mine has run out. It's stone dry. I can't draw a check on it. There's nothing left to draw out.See more »
Movie Connections:
Mxican Hat DanceSee more »


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35 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Imperfect but moving, 28 August 2004
Author: Eph612

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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