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Woman of Straw (1964)

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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Charles Richmond
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Detective Inspector Lomer
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Thomas
Laurence Hardy ...
Baines
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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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During the swimming sequence on raft with Gina Lollobrigida, Sean Connery's voice is dubbed. See more »

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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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Nice thriller with Sean Connery standing tall!
23 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why I watched this one? A Sean Connery movie made after he hit it big with James Bond....and I was not even aware of it. Had to check it out.

What is this one about? Tyrannical but ailing tycoon (Ralph Richardson) becomes very fond of his attractive nurse (Gina Lollobrigida). Gina however falls in love with Ralph's nephew (Sean Connery), who plots ways to gain control of his uncle's fortune.

My thoughts on this one? Although the pace of this movie is deadly slow...I really enjoyed this movie. The performances by the three leads are outstanding! Ralph Richardson somehow gets us to really really dislike him at the beginning of the movie....but by the end of the movie he might be the most likable character in the movie. Lollobrigida has many fine moments in the movie as well. Sean Connery's performance is the reason to check out this movie. It is a Connery that I have never seen in a movie before and is fascinating to watch. Add the performances to an interesting plot with some twists and turns and you have a movie that is recommended.

Ranked 38th of 54 movies on my Sean Connery Movie Ranking Page. www.ultimatemovierankings.com/sean-connery-movies/


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