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
At the time of filming it attracted more attention for it's location dramas than for what happened on screen. At the time Liz Taylor was living with Richard Burton, whose agent was her previous husband, Michael Wilding. Ava Gardner's old friend Peter Viertel was around with being married to co star Deborah Kerr. It was for this reason that John Huston, recognising that there might be some good fights, gave all the cast gold plated guns. See more »
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 »
Watched this film recently for the seventh or eighth time -it' always a delight. Classic Burton hamming it up just enough. . . calm, cool Kerr proping up "Shannon's" sanity. . . free-spirited Gardner charging around trying to keep her sanity and reaching out for Shannon. . .Lyon, the "precocious" seductress. . . all were amazingly believable. I didn't have a problem with the black and white, in fact, I think it added to impact of the film, leaving it up to the actors to pull out the heart of William's magnificent play without the benefit of color, although I'm not sure color would have made any difference anyway. The final dialogue between Kerr and Burton was spellbinding: the meeting of two souls, if only for the moment.
Kerr, Burton, and Gardner were at their finest in this film.
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