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The Night of the Iguana

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John Huston

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About the Movie

Nominated for four Academy Awards, this Oscar-winning adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play stars Oscar-winner Richard Burton ("The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") as an alcoholic de-frocked minister who works as a tour guide in Mexico and becomes involved with a Nantucket spinster, a hotel owner, and a seductive teenager. Oscar-nominee Ava Gardner ("Mogambo") portrays the hotel owner, Oscar-winner Debora Kerr ("From Here to Eternity") is the Nantucket spinster, and Sue Lyon ("Lolita") plays the seductive teen. Produced by Oscar-winner Ray Stark ("The Goodbye Girl," "Funny Face," "Annie") and directed by Academy Award winner John Huston ("The African Queen," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Mr. Huston has got some scenic beauty of the Mexican coast here and there in black-and-white. But the setting, at the last, becomes monotonous -- just like the all-talk, no-play film. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Direction by John Huston is resourceful and dynamic as he sympathetically weaves together the often-vague and philosophical threads that mark Tennessee Williams' writing. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Brilliant, apart from some minor plot glitches. – Neil Jeffries, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Films of Tennessee Williams' plays now often look very artificial and overwrought, but with this Huston came up with one of the best. – Time Out, May 5, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Excellent film overall

OK. Burton is not right for his role, but the film's strenths are in the script and female performances. In particular, Grayson Hall (from the Broadway cast and later star of TVs Dark Shadows) is riveting. But its Ava Gardner's film. Anyone who has thought of her as only a pretty face will be blown away as her character develops throughout. Her performance is worth the rental cost.

Night of the Iguana

Could only download half of it.When I pay for a movie I expect to get it. Good movie for what I saw.

The Night of the Iguana
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2006

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