The Night Of The Iguana


(out of 5)

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.

USA, 1964

Directed by John Huston

Screenplay by , John Huston, based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , ,

Academy Award
Best Costume Design (Black-and-White) (Dorothy Jeakins)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Grayson Hall as “Judith Fellowes”)
Best Art Direction (Black-And-White) (Stephen Grimes)
Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) (Gabriel Figueroa)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Ava Gardner)
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (John Huston)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Cyril Delevanti)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Grayson Hall)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Drama

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (John Huston)

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Foreign Actress (Ava Gardner)



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