Tyrannical but ailing tycoon Charles Richmond becomes very fond of his attractive Italian nurse, Maria. The nurse, in turn, falls in love with Charles' ne'er-do-well nephew Anthony, who plots ways to gain control of his uncle's fortune.

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Maria Marcello
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Anthony 'Tony' Richmond
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Charles Richmond
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Detective Inspector Lomer
Johnny Sekka ...
Thomas
Laurence Hardy ...
Baines
Peter Madden ...
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Danny Daniels ...
Fenton
Noel Howlett ...
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Dr. Murray (scenes deleted)
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A ruthless tycoon, whom his nephew (Anthony "Tony" Richmond) hates as he had both deprived his father of half of the family business and had (after his father had committed suicide) married his mother. A nurse (Maria) from a poor Italian family, is initially hired to care for the tycoon. She initially dislikes him because he abuses his employees. Tony convinces Maria to persist in his employ, however, telling her that he plans to bequeath his entire (50 million pound) fortune to charity. He plans to help her marry him, then to help him change his will, and (perhaps) then to help her achieve her inheritance...all for a payoff of 1 million pounds. Written by Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D.

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IT'S SO EASY TO SET FIRE TO "A WOMAN OF STRAW" (original ad - all caps)

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The title is based on the expression, 'man of straw', which describes a situation where one person serves as a front for another in activities which may or not be legal. See more »

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At Majorca, a man offers himself to drive Maria to a nearby hotel. He drives his truck on the left, but in Spain he should have driven on the right. See more »

Quotes

Charles Richmond: All our years of marriage she never once raised her voice at me, never tried to wheedle anything out of me. She was... remarkable.
Maria Marcello: You were a lucky man.
Charles Richmond: She died in great pain. A kind nature is no defense in sickness and death. So... what's the point of it?
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Cosi fan tutti
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
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Solid thriller well done
8 December 2001 | by (NYC,NY) – See all my reviews

So they don't make 'em like this anymore, really. Photography does wonders here. Players and story get thick into it. Gina L the very meaning of woooman...yummy thing. Story keeps you hanging on. Yes there is the Bondian flair to Sean but are we all prisoners of our being. Music, customes and editing round it out. Just a real treat from when movies were still movies not film de art or music videos.


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