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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:
The best film of the Our Century See more (74 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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
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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 | 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: 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 »
Quotes:
Hannah Jelkes:I can't stand for a person I respect to behave like a small, cruel boy.
T. Lawrence Shannon:And what do you respect in me, miss thin, standing-up, female Buddha?
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Soundtrack:
Mxican Hat DanceSee more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
The best film of the Our Century, 14 April 2006
Author: willmorgan-2 from United States

This film, all and all, only gets better with each viewing. I first saw it as a child, and thought it odd and amusing. Yet even then I sensed something magical was going on in it, though I lacked then the adult realism to penetrate the world of Tennessee Williams. Subsequent viewings have only reinforced my feeling that this film may be the greatest film of the twentieth century. I say that not because it is an epic, or because William's play is so grand, but just because this play seems to so perfectly capture the age in which we live. We live, just as the Reverend Shannon does, torn between the desire to believe in an absolute, and the perils of such belief, between a reductionist 'realism' and an equally reductionist indulgence. The actors Kerr, Gardener, and especially Richard Burton, have sensed this, and their roles are so nuanced as to make one believe that what one is seeing is REALITY and not a theatrical performance. The emotional climax of the film comes at the moment when the old poet completes his poem and asks over and over again, in a paroxysm of painful joy---"Is it good? is it good?"---- Then he dies. Only the genius of Tennessee Williams come make such melodrama seem utterly convincing. For the artist who wrote this play has been complimented by the artists who directed and acted it. Great art leaves everything opened but nothing settled--- creating the sense that justice has been fully achieved. Here, all too rarely for the art of cinema, both grace and justice have indeed been fully achieved.

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