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The Night of the Iguana (2006)

Ava Gardner , Deborah Kerr , John Huston  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Richard Burton, Sue Lyon
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Format: 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 (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBD9TE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,173 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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In the sleepy village of Puerto Vallarta, the defrocked Reverend T. Laurence Shannon works as a tour guide. While leading a group of school teachers, he attracts the attention of their junior member Charlotte Goodall. To save money, he takes the group to a rundown hotel owned by his friend, Maxine Faulk. Once there, his interest shifts to Hannah Jelkes, a poor artist. But in the end it may be Maxine whom he stays on with.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful! September 12, 1999
By A Customer
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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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film June 2, 1999
By A Customer
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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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Excellent !! 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WAY Behind Schedule July 17, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is this LONG OVERDUE DVD??? 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites June 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE MAN... THREE WOMEN... ONE NIGHT 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Burton at his best.
Well made movie in every aspect. Burton and Ava connect. Someone did a great job of casting. Well worth watching.
Published 7 days ago by BIFFYJIG
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE OF TENNESSEE
Wonderfully acted by Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr. Filmed in black and white that enhanced the importance of the acting instead of getting caught up in the color.
Published 13 days ago by a.66528
3.0 out of 5 stars phtography great, interesting period piece
Tennessee Williams was probably ahead of his time, with the issues being addressed, but the acting and script is stilted and dated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oregon Poet
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Acting on Parade
I've been to Puerto Vallarta twice where they commemorate the making of this movie, so I thought it might have some merit. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Swain
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a Richard Burton Fan, but THIS movie is great!
I'm not a Richard Burton Fan, but THIS movie is great! I'm much more a Ava Gardner fan. Both Burton and Gardner turned in stellar performances, and Debora Kerr turned in one of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NIGHT OF JOHN HUSTON
I loved so much this film the first time I saw it, that I was afraid to see it again, after so many time. What could go wrong with that cast and Mr. Huston directing? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Antonio Augusto Du Pin Calmon
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane
I really enjoyed this movie, black and white adds to the experience, plus there are much deeper meanings to the script if one wants to be more than entertained.
Published 2 months ago by Beviejane
5.0 out of 5 stars Iguana
Boy Burton , Kerr , Gardner , what a cast I love this film and as I have said before I'm not really a big Burton fan ( Though he was a great actor ) I just didn't like most of his... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thom mykel
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful escape
A tough, interesting, thought-provoking story of how, even when you're at the end of your rope, a way out exists. Nonno's poem is worth remembering.
Published 3 months ago by sparklers
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching Even After All These Years
For the most part, I really enjoyed this movie. It's one I've watched a number of times and always get something new from it, each time. Richard Burton is perfect as the Rev. T. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Geraldine
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