The Night of the Iguana Overview:

The Night of the Iguana (1964) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by John Huston and produced by Ray Stark, Emilio Fernández and Sandy Whitelaw.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActressGrayson HallNominated
Best Art DirectionStephen GrimesNominated
Best CinematographyGabriel FigueroaNominated
Best Costume DesignDorothy JeakinsWon
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It’s a Sunday morning in St. James Episcopal Church. The minister pulls his sermon from Proverbs 25:28: “A man without self-control?is like a city broken into and left without walls.” But there is an elephant in the room, an unspoken force coming between the shepherd and his sheep.... Read full article


The Night of the Iguana (1964)

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The Night of the Iguana Directed by John Huston Written by Anthony Veiller and John Huston from a play by Tennessee Williams 1964/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental I expected something heavy and depressing but was pleased to get a poetic black comedy. ?John Huston is still batting... Read full article


The Great Dramas: The Night of the Iguana (1964).

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The Night of the Iguana (1964). Based on the 1961 play The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John Huston.Cast: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr. It won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Costume Design, and was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Art Direction an... Read full article


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Hannah Jelkes: Who wouldn't like to atone for the sins of themselves, and the world, if it could be done in a hammock with ropes, instead of on a Cross, with nails? On a green hilltop, instead of Golgotha, the Place of the Skulls? Isn't that a comparatively comfortable, almost voluptuous Crucifixion to suffer for the sins of the world, Mr. Shannon?


Hannah Jelkes: Nothing human disgusts me, Mr. Shannon, unless it's unkind, violent.


Judith Fellowes: [Yelling at Shannon] You thought you outwitted me, didn't you, having your paramour here cancel my call.
Maxine Faulk: Miss Fellowes, honey, if paramour means what I think it does you're gambling with your front teeth.


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In order to defuse the tension prior to shooting (due mainly to the isolated location the stars would be working in together), John Huston made each lead actor a gold-encrusted pistol with bullets--one with each actor's name on it. This way, when the actors wanted to kill one another, they would use the designated bullet. This proved to be successful. No problems among the cast arose.
Ava Gardner kept changing one of her lines in the film from "In a pig's eye, you are!" to "In a pig's ass, you are!", much to the delight of the rest of the cast and crew, including director John Huston.
Nearly half the film's $3 million budget was used to pay the three major star's salaries: Richard Burton ($750,000), Ava Gardner ($400,000) and Deborah Kerr ($250,000).
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