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Graham Greene (novel)
Graham Greene (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 October 1967 (USA) See more »
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They lie, they cheat, they destroy...they even try to love.
Plot:
A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins See more »
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The Iguana who came in from the Cold.... See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Burton ... Brown

Elizabeth Taylor ... Martha Pineda

Alec Guinness ... Major H. O. Jones

Peter Ustinov ... Ambassador Manuel Pineda

Paul Ford ... Smith

Lillian Gish ... Mrs. Smith

Georg Stanford Brown ... Henri Philipot

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Petit Pierre

Gloria Foster ... Mrs. Philipot

James Earl Jones ... Dr. Magiot

Zakes Mokae ... Michel
Douta Seck ... Joseph
Raymond St. Jacques ... Captain Concasseur

Cicely Tyson ... Marie Therese
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robin Langford ... Angelito Pineda (uncredited)
Dennis Alaba Peters ... César (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Glenville 
 
Writing credits
Graham Greene (novel "The Comedians")

Graham Greene (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Glenville .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë (director of photography) (as Henri Decae)
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Javet 
 
Art Direction by
François de Lamothe 
 
Production Management
Lucien Lippens .... unit manager
Louis Wipf .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Michel Lacor .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert Christidès .... set dresser (as Robert Christides)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Jacques Carrère .... dubbing mixer
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Laurence Rosenthal .... conductor
 
Other crew
Judith Coxhead .... assistant to producer
Alice Ziller .... continuity
Phillip Kenny .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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UK:150 min | USA:152 min (TCM print)
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Color (Metrocolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
This is the first film where Richard Burton was paid more than his wife, Elizabeth Taylor. Burton got $750,000 while Taylor, the first actor to receive a $1 million fee for a single picture, settled for a mere half-a-million.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Brown and Jones wake up in the country graveyard, it is supposed to be morning and their shadows are clear on the large gravestone right behind them where they slept, even though it is bright all around them. But as Brown moves through the graveyard, his shadow splits into multiple shadows at different angles, revealing that there are multiple lights from different angles. And in fact, before long several more realistic sun-cast shadows appear on the ground around him from taller objects, pointing in the opposite direction from the artificial lighting, showing that the sun is actually behind and above them, just past noon, and not low in front of them.See more »
Quotes:
Petit Pierre:[to Brown] They are waiting for Major Jones. For some reason they believe that only white men are experts in killing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Masked and Anonymous (2003)See more »

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28 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
The Iguana who came in from the Cold...., 20 April 2004
Author: (gleywong@erols.com) from Maryland, USA

The comments by the reviewer from Dubai, UAE, are much to the point, also recognizing the subtle jibes to the actors' roles in previous films. That Graham Greene wrote both the book and the screenplay, and was on hand during the shooting in Dahomey (information from a brief trailer on the recent TCM showing), gives a depth and complexity to the film that remind one also of Bunuel and Tavernier, in whose hands ironic humor and deadly politics are inevitably a subtext.

Peter Glenville seems not to have been a prolific director, and even his handful of films are not well know to American audiences (possibly "Becket" is an exception, though it has not been replayed in years), but his few works stand out for their dramatic quality, literacy and superb casting. He favored several of the seasoned actors seen here (many Shakespearean trained), Guinness (Prisoner, Hotel Paradiso), Burton (Becket). Once again, when the points of the magic triangle of script, director and cast come together in balance, the result is a superior film (of course we cannot omit the cinematographer, as chosen by the director).

"Comedians" has an unfortunate title that may have contributed to its demise for a popular audience. Its blatant irony belongs in the category of films in which the political matrix is the setting for the revelation (or non-revelation) of character. To name some outstanding examples: "The Third Man," "Spy who came in from the Cold," "Day of the Jackal," "Night of the Iguana," "Wages of Fear."

In this film, the pacing and structure are subtly conceived: even though there is a lot of random killing depicted, the quiet exchange between Burton and Guinness during the latter's escape is the eye of the tornado, with all else raging around it. The young James Earl Jones and other black actors give strong support, and are a match for the sad ennui of Ustinov's diplomat. Taylor, who sports a German accent as Ustinov's wife (the only time she's been called upon to do so?), discharges her role creditably, due in no small part to her chemistry with Burton and to his personal gravitas.

In all, this film and the director Glenville really ought to be better known. It is a sad commentary that a movie made about dictators in 1967 could still be so prescient.

A four **** movie.

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