The Night Of The Iguana (1964)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1964.  Screenplay by , John Huston, based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A one-time pastor () finds himself working as a tour guide in Mexico after having been removed from his church following a sex scandal. His latest tour is a group of American schoolteachers, the leader of whom is a scary tyrant () who makes sure that Burton never gets anywhere near her gorgeous, young and blonde charge (). It doesn’t help the situation that Lyon is a complete nymphomaniac who is constantly trying to seduce Burton when no one is looking.  Burton decides to show the ladies up by taking them to a friend’s resort instead of the one they paid for, but they turn tail and run, leaving him alone with his old friend ().  More visitors arrive in the form of and her ailing poet grandfather, leading to an emotionally violent night full of confessions and arguments where these two women lead Burton to a new turning point in his life. The screenplay, based on the play by Tennessee Williams, is well-written with excellent dialogue brought to life by great performances, but as an entertainment it’s pretty stale. Kerr is perfectly lovely (was she ever anything else?) and Gardner is astounding in her fiery intensity.

Academy Award:  Best Costume Design-BW
Nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Grayson Hall); Best Cinematography-BW; Best Art Direction-BW;

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actor (Cyril Delevanti); Best Supporting Actress (Grayson Hall); Best Director (John Huston)

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