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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.


Huston's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play is a sometimes confounding, sometimes penetrating film. A defrocked, dissolute Burton squires teachers around Mexico while getting into hot water over a romantic dalliance with a much younger Lyon (in her first role after Lolita). Gardner crackles as the hotel owner who tries to keep him from being torn in two by heaven and earth, but he meets poor, wandering artist Kerr and begins a romantic triangle with her and Gardner. The tour leaves, followed by Kerr, and moral exhaustion or inertia holds Burton and Gardner together at the hotel.

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

Best Supporting ActressGrayson HallNominated
Best Art DirectionStephen GrimesNominated
Best CinematographyGabriel FigueroaNominated
Best Costume DesignDorothy JeakinsWon

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Quotes from

Hannah Jelkes: Oh God, please can't we stop now?

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.

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

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Facts about

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).
The original Broadway production of "The Night of the Iguana," which made its Broadway debut on December 28, 1961 and ran for 316 performances, was Tennessee Williams last hit play. Iguana was nominated for the 1962 Tony Award for Best Play.
According to one of the biographies of Tennessee Williams, "The Kindness of Strangers," by Donald Spoto, the character of Maxine, who is portrayed in this film by Ava Gardner, was purportedly based upon Williams' landlady of the apartment he rented in Santa Monica while he was working at MGM Studios in the 1940s. Her mannerisms, attitudes and even her distinctive one-syllable laugh were detailed by Williams and are expertly performed by Gardner.
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