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The Night of the Iguana
Richard Burton and Ava Gardner




Overview -
A turbulent masterpiece adapted from the play by Tennessee Williams. A defrocked clergyman-turned-tour-guide takes a busload of pious Texan church ladies to an Eden-like spot along the coast of Mexico where he battles their suspicions about his past, his own demons, and a young girl whose affections could destroy him. Ava Gardner crackles as the woman who tries to keep him from being torn in two by heaven and earth. Academy Award Nominations: 4. Academy Awards: Best (black-and-White) Costume Design.

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Overview

A turbulent masterpiece adapted from the play by Tennessee Williams. A defrocked clergyman-turned-tour-guide takes a busload of pious Texan church ladies to an Eden-like spot along the coast of Mexico where he battles their suspicions about his past, his own demons, and a young girl whose affections could destroy him. Ava Gardner crackles as the woman who tries to keep him from being torn in two by heaven and earth. Academy Award Nominations: 4. Academy Awards: Best (black-and-White) Costume Design.

Awards:
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (b&w) Winner

Main Cast & Crew

John Huston - Director
Richard Burton
Ava Gardner
Deborah Kerr
Sue Lyon
James Ward
Grayson Hall
Cyril Delevanti
Mary Boylan
Gladys Hill
Billie Matticks

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 118
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 012569677425
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: May 2006

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Movies > Dramas

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Synopsis:
Residing is a small hotel on the west coast of Mexico, Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon, a defrocked Episcopal preacher, hides from his lecherous past. He finds work as a tour guide for a group of American teachers, but soon comes under criticism from their prudish leader when an 18 year-old in her care starts lusting after him. Shannon also receives a good deal of attention from the seductive hotel owner. He spends most of his time, however, with an idealistic spinster and her 97 year-old grandfather. This wheel chair-bound poet claims that he will expire upon the completion of his final manuscript -- a literary endeavor he has been laboring on for the last twenty years.

Notes:
Includes the original theatrical trailer and a short color film called "On the Trail of the Iguana" that documents the making of the feature.

Reviews:
"...John Huston was in his element directing the 1964 version of Williams' last great play..." - 04/27/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C29

 

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