Directed by John Huston • 1964 • United States
Starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr
Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr lead a powerhouse cast in John Huston’s feverish adaptation of the acclaimed play by Tennessee Williams. Defrocked, alcoholic former priest T. Lawrence Shannon (Burton) has fallen far in his quest to sate his base, libidinous urges. Now working as a tour guide in Mexico for a group of female schoolteachers from the U.S., Shannon embarks on a dark night of the soul in which alcohol, temptation, lust, and the sweltering tropical heat gradually rip away the repressed facades of all involved and lay bare the perversions and personal demons roiling beneath.