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Iguana

Synopsis
Feature film described by some as a cross between The Tempest and The Phantom of the Opera. A grotesquely disfigured harpooner named Iguana is severely mistreated by his fellow sailors on a whaling ship in the 19th century. One night he escapes and takes up residence on a remote island. He makes himself ruler of the island and declares war on mankind. Anyone unfortunate enough to land on the island with Iguana is subjected to his cruel tyranny. Judith Buchanan (op cit) writes’It is a grim, and grimly partial, allusion to The Tempest, offering not Gonzalo’s Utopian fantasy, or even Antonio’s sense of a land ripe for exploitation, but rather only Ariel - as Harpy’s ‘most desolate isle’ (III, iii, l80).
Language
English
Country
Switzerland; Italy
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1988
Notes
Released on DVD in 2001 (Region 1 only).
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Credits

Director
Monte Hellman
Producer
Franco di Nunzio
Cinematographer
Josep M. Civit
Screenplay
David M. Zehr; Monte Hellman; Steven Gaydos
Music
Franco Campanino
Costume
Leslie Peters Ballard
Art Direction
Gil Parrondo
Cast
Everett McGill 

Production Company

Name

Enterprise Iguana Film

Name

New Pentax Film

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.ca

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