This is a beta version of NNDB
Search: for
The Night of the Iguana (6-Aug-1964)

Director: John Huston

Writers: Anthony Veiller; John Huston

From a play by: Tennessee Williams

Music Composed and Conducted by: Benjamin Frankel

Producer: Ray Stark

Keywords: Drama

A clergyman defrocked after an affair with an underage girl takes employment as a tour guide in Puerto Vallarta for a bus full of vacationing American Baptist spinsters, only to encounter additional temptation. Won an Oscar for Best Costume Design; received additional nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Set Decoration.

[watch trailer]

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Richard Burton
10-Nov-1925 5-Aug-1984 Nineteen Eighty Four
Ava Gardner
24-Dec-1922 25-Jan-1990 The Barefoot Contessa
Grayson Hall
18-Sep-1922 7-Aug-1985 The Night of the Iguana
Deborah Kerr
30-Sep-1921 16-Oct-2007 From Here to Eternity
Sue Lyon
10-Jul-1946   Lolita


Richard Burton   ...   Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon
Ava Gardner   ...   Maxine Faulk
Deborah Kerr   ...   Hannah Jelkes
Sue Lyon   ...   Charlotte Goodall
James Ward   ...   Hank Prosner
Grayson Hall   ...   Judith Fellowes
Cyril Delevanti   ...   Nonno
Mary Boylan   ...   Miss Peebles


Review by mumford (posted on 24-Mar-2008)

Considering the A line cast and director, this should have been a minor classic. Instead a lot of talent is wasted. I blame Huston who was obviously past his prime when he did this. (He also is responsible for Reflections in a Golden Eye and there is no need to discuss that travisty). In Iguana's case he manages to make Richard Burton boring, he wastes the wonderful Deborah Kerr who flounces in and out of the movie in somewhat of a daze. The only one who delivers is Ava Gardner. Ms Gardner has been quoted as saying Huston was her favorite director. In any case she is wonderful. Judge for yourself, but it's not really worth the time.

Have you seen this film? We would love to see your review.
Submit your review for this film

Do you know something we don't?
Submit a correction or make a comment about this profile

Copyright ©2015 Soylent Communications



Requires Flash 7+ and Javascript.


NNDB has added thousands of bibliographies for people, organizations, schools, and general topics, listing more than 50,000 books and 120,000 other kinds of references. They may be accessed by the "Bibliography" tab at the top of most pages, or via the "Related Topics" box in the sidebar. Please feel free to suggest books that might be critical omissions.