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The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Approved | | Drama | 6 August 1964 (USA)
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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.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (play), Anthony Veiller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
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 Mary Boylan ... Miss Peebles
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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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One man... three women... one night See more »

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Trivia

James Garner turned down the role of Lawrence Shannon. See more »

Goofs

The Church schedules Morning Prayer and Holy Communion as a single early service, with "Sermon" as a separate service later. In 1964 the Episcopal Church used the 1928 Prayer Book, which had Morning Prayer as one service and Holy Communion as another service. A sermon wouldn't be a stand-alone event, either service could include one. See more »

Quotes

Hannah Jelkes: Listen to him. Saying them over and over. The lines of his new poem. Like a blind man climbing a staircase that leads nowhere.
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Connections

Referenced in Murder, She Wrote: Night of the Coyote (1992) See more »

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Mexicanerias
Performed by Pepito Villa (uncredited)
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The BEST film ever... or pretty close!
17 February 2004 | by mercycroftSee all my reviews

First, you must understand the nature of Night of the Iguana. The story centers on Shannon (Burton), a life-long preacher caught in a philosophical crisis. His humanity clashes with his theology and leaves havoc in its wake. Removed from his position in a quiet Texas community after an affair with an underage girl, he takes a job in Puerto Vallarta as the tour guide for a rickety bus full of pious old women and one manipulative nymph (Lyon). Shannon is tortured by the girl's advances and finally gives in--only to be found out by her bullish chaperone. To save his job, Shannon hijacks the bus and takes the ladies to a remote motel high on the mountain, run by his ex-flame, Maxine (Gardner). Max is a bawdy, hard-drinking, hard-loving gal, not too keen on the new arrivals. She harbors an unrequited love for Shannon, however, so relents. Within moments of the troop's arrival, two stragglers also enter: Hannah (Kerr) is a penniless watercolor painter who, with her aged grandfather, Nonno--a supposedly renowned oral poet--travels from place to place selling their wares. They wearily hike up the mountain and plead for board, offering to paint or recite poetry to earn their keep.

As the characters struggle with their passions, their pride, and their self-definition, egos break and walls come down, exposing the underbelly of the human situation. They grapple with the questions and desires that plague us all. Who am I? Do my actions define me or do my thoughts? Why am I here? The answers come in ten-fold, and in a poignant moment, Kerr reveals our purpose on Earth: To connect with each other. To help each other through each day. To meet, to see, hear, and feel, and share what we have experienced. This is the meaning of life. Totall riveting. Especially if you travel to Puerto Vallarta and put these questions to the test.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 August 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night of the Iguana See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,942
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Production Co:

Seven Arts Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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