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The Night of the Iguana (1964)


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Filmed on location in Mexico by John Huston, Night of the Iguana stars Richard Burton as Rev. Shannon, an alcoholic defrocked minister, who scratches out a living as a south-of-the-border tour guide. His latest customers are several American schoolteachers, and he guides their bus to a rundown hotel owned by flamboyant widow Maxine Faulk (Ava Gardner). Attempting to dally with Charlotte Goodall (Sue Lyon), one of the schoolteachers, Shannon is caught in the act by the group's "den mother" Judith

May 2, 2006


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Direction by John Huston is resourceful and dynamic as he sympathetically weaves together the often-vague and philosophical threads that mark Tennessee Williams' writing.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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No one but Tennessee Williams could have concocted it, but anyone other than John Huston should have directed it.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Films of Tennessee Williams' plays now often look very artificial and overwrought, but with this Huston came up with one of the best.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Huston has got some scenic beauty of the Mexican coast here and there in black-and-white. But the setting, at the last, becomes monotonous -- just like the all-talk, no-play film.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Though uneven and not as powerful as other Williams-based films, Huston's version benefits from a high-profile cast, headed by Burton, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon and best of all Ava Gardner as the lusty hotel owner and Grayson Hall as the repressed lesbian

July 21, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Alternately fascinating and boring.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Brilliant, apart from some minor plot glitches.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Burton and Gardner star in heavily dramatic John Huston film.

May 25, 2007

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August 20, 2006

Would play well on a double-bill with Huston's The Misfits.

June 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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This adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play is heavy on melodrama and earnest performances, but weak on dialogue and lasting meaning.

September 6, 2005 Full Review Source:

Noteworthy for Burton's acerbic performance and Ava's seen-it-all portrayal of an earthy lady.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Huston always had a sensitive hand in adapting great literary works and this is no exception, successfully bringing Williams' writing to the screen while effortlessly adding the Huston touch.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

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Great acting, great directing and great writing. You can't ask for much more in a drama. This is a lot different than most Southern centric Tennessee Williams plays, but it's actually a warm welcome to me. It just proves that a great writer can change settings and normal trends and still be effective. Richard Burton is at the top of his game, playing a tragic drunkard on the verge of madness. I also think Sue Lyon's performance is a great spin on hers from Lolita. While John Huston may be known for his action adventure movies, this is given just as much effort and skill.
July 20, 2010

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I loved this movie. It has this clammy, sweltering feel to it. Ava Gardner was beautiful in her role as the nervous and passionate Maxine. Richard Burton was just as entertaining as in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

The movie is based on a play by Tennessee Williams, and perhaps because of that, the words and dialogs are superb (for me personally anyway).
The characters of the three women are antagonistic and that's what makes it a joy to watch.

Another plus: I thought the movie would be about a man lusting for different women, but that's not at all the direction it took!

October 22, 2009

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One thing that fascinates me about John Huston's body of work is the way he sympathizes with his characters, usually men drowned by sorrow and guilt whose dreams blew up on their faces and now only long for self destruction as the only way out.

Yet, this great film is somewhat less pessimistic, more restrained and a lot more hopeful than some of Huston's best exemplifications of inner turmoil.

Richard Burton shows once more the brilliant actor he was.
September 1, 2009

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