The Night of the Iguana
The Night of the Iguana (1964)

John Huston's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play stars Richard Burton as the protagonist, Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon. An alcoholic, Shannon has been kicked out of his own church and is now working in Mexico as a bus tour guide.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 6, 1964
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
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Variety Staff

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Neil Jeffries
Empire Magazine

Brilliant, apart from some minor plot glitches.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

No one but Tennessee Williams could have concocted it, but anyone other than John Huston should have directed it.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Steve Crum

Burton and Gardner star in heavily dramatic John Huston film.

Time Out

Films of Tennessee Williams' plays now often look very artificial and overwrought, but with this Huston came up with one of the best.

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TV Guide

Alternately fascinating and boring.

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Cole Smithey

Hot, Hot, Hot!

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Elvira B
<p>The Night of the Iguana is adapted from a play by Tennessee Williams and directed by John Huston. That said, it's almost unnecessary to explain… More
Pierluigi Puccini
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… More
Conner Rainwater
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… More
Cassandra Maples
It is possible to watch a film on a wide range of emotional and intellectual levels. One can pay attention only to the visuals, only to the minute trivia… More
Saskia D.
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… More
jay nixon
Ava Gardner steals this.

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