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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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Director:
Writers:
Tennessee Williams (play)
Anthony Veiller (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
6 August 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Man And Woman - Love And Lust - Ruin And Redemption - One Night They All Meet. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An interesting night at the movies See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
125 min | Germany:112 min | 118 min (TCM print)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
In order to defuse the tension prior to shooting (due mainly to the isolated location the stars would be working in together), John Huston made each lead actor a gold-encrusted pistol with bullets--one with each actor's name on it. This way, when the actors wanted to kill one another, they would use the designated bullet. This proved to be successful. No problems among the cast arose.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Richard Burton and Sue Lyon emerge from the ocean, Burton's chest is completely smooth. For the remainder of the film, which is supposed to take place that same day and the day after, copious amounts of chest hair can be seen at the opening of Burton's shirt.See more »
Quotes:
Judith Fellowes:[Yelling at Shannon] You thought you outwitted me, didn't you, having your paramour here cancel my call.
Maxine Faulk:Miss Fellowes, honey, if paramour means what I think it does you're gambling with your front teeth.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Notes from Under the Volcano (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mxican Hat DanceSee more »

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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
An interesting night at the movies, 3 October 2002
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

Director John Huston took an all-star cast to a remote Mexican location to film this adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play. The location atmosphere lends a lot to the production and gives it a realistic atmosphere. Burton plays a shamed priest, shut out of his church and reduced to giving bus tours of Mexico for grotesque ladies of religion. (The breakdown which led to his dismissal is shown in a hilariously overwrought prologue.) One young passenger, Lyon, falls for him in a big way which does not sit well with her uptight (and repressed lesbian) chaperone (Hall.) The tour winds up at Gardner's hilltop hacienda where she has been mourning the recent death of her husband by getting it on regularly with two silent, maraca-shaking cabana boys. They are soon joined by a sketch artist (Kerr) and her ailing grandfather, a famous poet. Having originated as a Williams' play, it is given that there will be lots of turmoil and sniping among the characters and the film presents these moments well. There are also more than a few quiet moments of reflection and connection which also come across very nicely. Burton is in all his glory as a boozy, washed up man barely hanging on to what little dignity he has left. Gardner gives a credible performance with many zingers sprinkled throughout. She goes a little over the edge at times, but remains strong. Kerr has the most sensitive, thoughtful role and plays it brilliantly as always. Lyon was at the height of her stardom and shows the moves and the bod that made her a sensation, albeit briefly. Especially arresting is Hall. Her stick legs poking out uncomfortably from her linear skirt, her banshee-like voice screeching out the name "Charlotte!" as she frantically searches for nymphet Lyon, she is an exceedingly memorable person. Her final showdown with Burton is magnetic and when she exits the film, it loses a little bit of it's vitality. There is much to enjoy in the film, though sometimes the melodramatics get a bit ripe and the symbolism a touch heavy. The cinematography is incredible. Burton's eyes never gleamed so brightly. (Also, astonishingly, he has a scene emerging from the beach in wet white briefs which show a bit of outline of Rich, jr.! Not exactly expected in a 1964 film...)

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