The Night of the Iguana

The Night of the Iguana

DVD - 2006
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In a remote Mexican seacoast town, a fallen Episcopal priest struggles to pull his shattered life together. Three women, an earthy hotel owner, an ethereal artist and a hot-eyed willful teenager can help save him. Or destroy him.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9781419819322
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama NIGHT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 21, 2016

Expertly directed by John Huston, this film is required viewing for anybody traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Aug 16, 2016

"There are worse things than chastity Mr. Shannon."
"Yes, lunacy and death."
What a galaxy of stars! Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, 1964's "The Night of the Iguana" was directed by John Huston, and stars Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, and Sue Lyon ("Lolita"). Huston was one of the first directors to shoot on location and he took his cast and crew to a small coastal village in Mexico. Like many films based on plays, it can be a bit stagy and long-winded, but the cast and Huston's direction are very good. Burton plays an alcoholic (Was he acting?) defrocked priest leading tours in Mexico and looking for redemption, whilst becoming involved with three very different women. In real life drama, Elizabeth Taylor was on the set for part of the shoot. The overheated, sexually charged atmosphere feels risque for the mid-60s. Kerr also worked with Huston on "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison" and "Casino Royale." The DVD includes 2 short docs the original trailer. Note: No iguanas were harmed in the making of this film.

7duffy Jul 20, 2015

Well done film on all levels - Writing, story, direction, acting, filming. The leads - Burton, Gardner, Kerr & Lyon - are excellent. Ava Gardner especially stands out, I don't think she's done anything better. Some intense scenes, with vivid undertones, that come from a Tennessee Williams play.

Jan 31, 2015

With the Mexican Riviera filling in for Eden, religious metaphors abound in John Huston’s tightly directed tale about a disgraced priest leading an all-female tour group through a troubled paradise. As Rev. Shannon wrestles with his own personal serpents, both spiritual and corporeal, he finds himself in the middle of a metaphysical tug-of-war with three strong-willed women embodying Judgment, Forgiveness, and Faith. When the inevitable showdown comes it is a dark and stormy night indeed. Graced with magnificent performances and bold sensual cinematography this story of one man’s journey into light is one of the better Tennessee Williams screen adaptations I’ve seen.

Jan 01, 2015

Excellent movie, with intense scenes. Definitely worth watching.

Dec 20, 2014

Classic film and one of Tennesee Williams's BEST stories. Beautifully filmed and really interesting study of human nature.

I envy those who have not yet seen this gem.


Jun 15, 2014

The story takes place in an exotic locale, Mexico, where emotions are hot and steamy, as people discover themselves. Great cast and acting, something Hollywood doesn't seem to to do very often these days!

Jun 08, 2014

What a cast off Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner and Sue Lyon. Tennessee Williams book of Night of the Iguana could only be made with a top cast. Richard Burton is perfect a defrocked and alcoholic minister. There is a love triangle going on and each woman is so different from the other in both age and life experience. A great film by a great author. For once, the film is as good as the book!

May 27, 2014

Brilliantly funny and well observed. Probably the best translation of Tennessee Williams from stage to film. Ava Gardner looks great and was never more entertaining. Deborah Kerr as a grifter was an awfully inspired casting choice, and nothing can top the demented way Grayson Hall goes toe to toe with Richard Burton -- except possibly the hilarious scene where Burton and Sue Lyon proclaim their love for each other by dancing on broken glass!


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