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  • Actors: Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Richard Burton, Sue Lyon
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBD9TE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Night of the Iguana" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New featurette The Night of the Iguana: Houston's Gamble
  • Vintage featurette On the Trail of the Iguana
  • Theatrical trailers

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Night of the Iguana (DVD)

Customer Reviews

Deborah Kerr is my favorite actress and gave one of her best performances as did both Gardner and Burton.
Robert M. Epperson
If you want to explore Williams, this is a good play to get to know and this film is as good a version as any you are likely to see.
Craig Matteson
Like the play, the film engages the mind as well as the emotions as we discover bits of ourselves in nearly all of the characters.
Cowboy Buddha

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Tennesse Williams has rarely fared well in the transfer from stage to screen, but Night of Iguana is evidence that his work makes for powerful viewing. Stark visuals play against the subtle script and performances, with Ava Gardner giving perhaps her finest performance as the over-sexed, hard-bitten hotel owner who conceals a loving heart and honest nature behind an "I don't give a damn" mask. Burton has rarely been seen to such effect, and Deborah Kerr is quite fine. The supporting cast, featuring Grayson Hall and Sue Lyons, is remarkably strong as well. A powerful and unstinting screen adaptation of one of Williams' most powerful and unstinting plays.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
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This is arguably the best film made of any of Tennessee Williams plays. It's greatness is due in great part to the direction of John Huston and the magnificent cast he has assembled to tell this story. Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr, two of the finest actors from England,give terrific performances as a tortured, defrocked priest and a strong-willed woman who has learned to survive in an unkind world. Ava Gardner proves in this film that she was a marvelous actress capable of giving a gutsy, heartfelt performance of great complexity. Grayson Hall is also quite remarkable as a hateful woman whose nasty actions are sparked by her jealousy and desire for a young woman played by Sue Lyon. The stark black and white photography of this film beautifully contributes to the mood of Tennesse William's story. This is really one of the finest films of the 1960s. It is one you can view many times over and find many pleasures.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By B. J Robbins on April 13, 2001
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Great play ... Great acting ... Great direction ... although nobody won Oscars. Who cares? John Huston wisely filmed this in stark black and white reflecting its somber tone. Burton gives the performance of lifetime as Shannon at the end of his rope, and Kerr is fantastic, as always, imbuing a tender role with even more humanity. T. Williams' play, one of the best from America's best playwright, has everything. Conflict, strong characterization, wisdom, and of course humor. Some of the coarseness of the play has been excised (Shannon's), thus making him a more sympathetic character, but this does not hurt the movie. Huston sticks pretty much to the actual play, except for the ending, which was not in the play. However, this does not really hurt the film. Anyway, buy this film and enjoy it again and again. Your life will be richer for it.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Smith VINE VOICE on July 22, 2005
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Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, Grayson Hall, and the world's most beautiful animal, Ava Gardner all came together on Mismaloya Beach in 1964 to film John Houston's film of Tennessee Williams "Night of the Iguana". With this cast, this playwright and this director we are in for a rare treat.

Burton gives one of his best tortured soul performances, which is only surpassed by his George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff?" Fresh off of his star making appearance in "Cleopatra" he displays the lessons he learned in screen acting from soon to be wife Elizabeth Taylor. Here he is not the great stage actor making a movie but a fine and immensely watchable film actor at the top of his craft.

Deborah Kerr is in top form too as a spinster artist down on her luck and at her ropes end. She is as always a fine actress who never disappoints the viewer. Sue Lyon of "Lolita" fame turns in a pitch perfect performance as a spoiled teenaged girl on the loose during a cheap vacation bus tour of Mexico. She is so good at being a brat that one forgets she is acting a part. She hits the mark of overdramatic teen in such a way that at first one thinks she is a poor actress, "Copa de Oro Larry..." but in fact it is right on the money.

Grayson Hall nearly steals the picture as the leader of the touring Baptist ladies. She is simply superb as a closeted lesbian drawn to Sue Lyon as both suppressed object of sexual desire and protective jealous mother figure. She is a joy to watch and a tragedy to witness.

But of all of Burton's ladies in the film this movie belongs to Ava Gardner. Here the famed beauty is blousy, raucous, delicious, and so ready for steaming that at 40 she hits her prime as a sexy real woman who knows who she is and what life is all about.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2004
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THIS MOVIE IS SO BEAUTIFULLY FILMED IN BLACK AND WHITE, IT LITERALLY CRIES OUT FOR A CRISP, CLEAN, SHARP DVD TRANSFER. LESSER MOVIES ARE ALREADY OUT ON DVD, WHILE THIS ONE SEEMS CONDEMNED TO LANGUISH IN THE ETERNAL MURKINESS OF VHS....A VIEWING EXPERIENCE TANTAMOUNT TO DRINKING DON PERIGNON OUT OF A DIRTY TIN CAN. TSK TSK.
PUT IT OUT ON DVD; IT DESERVES TO BE SHOWCASED IN GORGEOUS QUALITY. WE ARE ALL WAITING!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. B. Flaherty on June 25, 2002
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This is a masterpiece. Yes, there are nits to pick, but overall, an incredible film. It's worth the price of the tape just to hear Cyril Delevanti recite his poem.
So, where is the DVD? It is a continuing mystery to me that so many really regrettable efforts make the transfer list and some wonderful films, like this one and "Becket" get ignored. Let's get with it, Warner!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Wilson on June 17, 2004
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This is truly one of the most amazing films you will ever see!!!It touches on "The Truth" and something much bigger/more acknowledging than perhaps we as human beings can understand in this lifetime-and does so with a magnificence and grace much more effective than almost anything I have ever seen. Although released in 1964, the messages of tolerance to other people, restoring faith, rising above our own potential self-destructivness, and MOVING ON WITH LIFE couldn't be more poignant for todays audience (perhaps even more striking and PRESCIENT!!). I agree with one previous reviewer- that it is comparable to the emotional depth/intellectual magnitude of a Bergman but perhaps much more easily digestable for a "pop-cultured" American audience-and that is truly unusual if nonexsistnat for an American Hollywood-type film. And Yet all the magic ingredients of A Hollywood Moneymaker are here...BIG STARS: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr (all of whom in my opinon deserved Oscars for their performances here), DIRECTED BY ONE OF HOLLYWOODS BEST/MOST SOUGHT AFTER DIRECTORS: John Huston BRILLIANT AND SMARTLY WRITTEN BY ONE OF THE BEST AUTHORs/ and POPULAR PLAYWRITES EVER!: Tennessee Williams. Their looks like there will be a 2005 re-release of this film but they NEVER LIVE UP TO THE ORIGINAL and I also agree that with one reviewer who states this is a film that was meant to be seen (and is much stronger) in its original black-and-white. I WILL NOT, (and I repeaat NOT)BUY the 2005 rerelase but I would however, dish out BIG MONEY for the original 1964 release of this film on DVD. This is truly one of the most powerful and worthwhile films you will ever see with performances by all players that are equally as strong!!! SO I REPEAT, WHERE IS THE DVD OF THIS BRILLIANT 1964 GEM??? MGM-PLEASE GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!!!
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