Directed by Peter Glenville • 1967 • United States, France
Starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Alec Guinness
Hot off the success of WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, legendary Hollywood couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor headlined an all-star adaptation of Graham Greene’s searing novel set during Papa Doc Duvalier’s despotic reign in Haiti. Burton plays Brown, a cynical hotel owner enmeshed in a hopeless affair with Taylor’s Martha, the wife of a diplomat (Peter Ustinov). They’re surrounded by an atmosphere of terror, corruption, and proliferating intrigue, drawing Brown into plots involving a duplicitous arms dealer (Alec Guinness), a couple of deluded American idealists (Lillian Gish and Paul Ford), and a Haitian revolutionary doctor (James Earl Jones).