The Night of the Iguana

The Night of the Iguana

DVD - 2006 | Widescreen version
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A defrocked, alcoholic, American minister becomes a tour guide, and while travelling in Mexico with a bus-load of school teachers and their 18-year old charge, becomes entangled with the girl, with a woman of eloquence and wisdom, and with an earthy and beautiful former love.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9781419819322
Branch Call Number: MOVIE NIG
822 W727ni1
Language Note: English or French soundtracks, with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, black and white. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 19, 2019

GREAT 1964 film based on the 1961 play of the same name written by Tennessee Williams. Quite the enigmatic story line and fine performances by Richard Burton and all the other talented variety of actors, etc. portraying the interesting diverse characters dealing with their personal problems in their individual ways.

Nov 02, 2019

This story should stand as one of the best examples of REAL dialogue ever put to film. Funny how with all the chaos, conflict and confusion, there isn't a curse word to be found. Hey, all you currently employed screenwriters, take note. This is called smart writing. You should try it sometime.

Aug 05, 2019

1964.. I had never seen this movie. I especially LoL all the time when the Me4xican beach guys always kept shaking their maracas thru-out the movie. They were everywhere. WTF???

I really DID NOT like this movie.

Dec 29, 2018

Having recently read the play by Tennessee Williams, I was curious to see how well the film captured the amazing drama. I had not seen the movie since viewing it in a movie theater in 1964. Of all the great talent in this film, I thought Ava Gardner was the very best. She captured the poignant longing and overt sexuality that co-existed in her character. Being better than Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr is no mean feat. I thought they were both excellent, they did not demonstrate the complexity that had to be shown by Ms. Gardner. I was looking for similarities between the play and movie and was surprised by one scene that was not in the original play. By watching the "extras" on the DVD, I was pleased to learn that the scene was created by Tennessee himself on the set because Huston was not happy with the script. My one complaint about the film ( I could not determine if this was an actual part of the play - I did not remember it being so ) was the stereotypical Mexican beach boys that are constantly chasing Ms. Gardner while shaking maracas. I thought this was over the top and annoying. The film's / play's character is having her sexual needs met by the young men, but the maracas, not so much. This is an excellent adaptation of Mr. Williams' play. I recommend it. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 18, 2018

Second only to "Streetcar" as a film interpretation of a Tennessee Williams play. John Huston flips the play on it's ear as it becomes a dark comedy in his hands. Burton is , quite frankly, hilarious as Shannon and Ava Gardner really acts on film for the first time. The play was infamous as a vehicle for Bette Davis in the part Ava plays. On opening night she was greeted with applause at her entrance and proceeded to the stage edge to accept it; then went back to the play. Tennessee had an aneurism.

Jun 23, 2018

This is an extremely interesting and sophisticated drama, excellently performed. Slightly marred by close-ups and cutbacks.

May 28, 2018

Excellent cast. Ava Gardner is superb. Richard Burton really is, sadly, an incredible actor as he embodies his characters in a drunken, distraught technique. He failed to live up to his expected brilliance of his abilities. Deborah Kerr is good, but I’ve just come from “The King and I” and “The Innocents” which are a far better display of her talents than this. Tennessee Williams is so odd and depressing.

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 and 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.

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