The Night of the Iguana
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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 Fellowes (Grayson Hall), who threatens to have him fired. While he and Maxine connive… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Direction by John Huston is resourceful and dynamic as he sympathetically weaves together the often-vague and philosophical threads that mark Tennessee Williams' writing."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Brilliant, apart from some minor plot glitches."
‑ Neil Jeffries, Empire Magazine
"Would play well on a double-bill with Huston's The Misfits."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"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."
‑ , Film4
"No one but Tennessee Williams could have concocted it, but anyone other than John Huston should have directed it."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Burton and Gardner star in heavily dramatic John Huston film."
‑ Steve Crum,
"This adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play is heavy on melodrama and earnest performances, but weak on dialogue and lasting meaning."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Films of Tennessee Williams' plays now often look very artificial and overwrought, but with this Huston came up with one of the best."
‑ , Time Out
"Alternately fascinating and boring."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Hot, Hot, Hot!"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Noteworthy for Burton's acerbic performance and Ava's seen-it-all portrayal of an earthy lady."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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