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The Night of the Iguana Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 to keep Judith from calling his superiors, artist Hanna Jelkes (Deborah Kerr) arrives at the hotel with her ailing, elderly poet grandfather (Cyril Delevanti, in a part reportedly offered to poet Carl Sandburg). The midsection of the film charts the vacillating sexual tensions among the besotted Shannon, the earthy Maxine, and the repressed Hanna. The perversions and demons plaguing the principal characters, merely hinted at in the original stage production of by Tennessee Williams, are expanded by Huston, who co-adapted the screenplay with Anthony Veiller. The film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Dorothy Jeakins. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 6, 1964

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ava Gardner Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gabriel Figueroa Best Black and White Cinematography 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Huston Best Director 1964 Nominee
Directors Guild of America John Huston Best Director 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grayson Hall Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grayson Hall Best Supporting Actress 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen B. Grimes Best Black and White Art Direction 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cyril Delevanti Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1964 Nominee

Cast

Richard Burton
as Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon
Ava Gardner
as Maxine Faulk
Deborah Kerr
as Hanna Jelkes
Sue Lyon
as Charlotte Goodall
Grayson Hall
as Judith Fellowes
Cyril Delevanti
as Nonno
Gladys Hill
as Miss Dexter
Billie Matticks
as Miss Throxton
Barbara Joyce
as Teacher
Fidelmar Duran
as Pepe
Emilio Fernández
as Barkeeper
Eloise Hardt

Crew

John Huston
Director
Raymond Stark
Producer
Anthony Veiller
Screenwriter
John Huston
Screenwriter
Tennessee Williams
Play Author
Gabriel Figueroa
Cinematographer
Benjamin Frankel
Composer (Music Score)
Benjamin Frankel
Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen B. Grimes
Art Director
Alexander Whitelaw
Associate Producer
Basil Fenton-Smith
Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Shaw
First Assistant Director
Clarence Eurist
Production Manager
Eric Allwright
Makeup
Jack Obringer
Makeup
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