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Release Date:
25 August 1964 (Japan) See more »
IT'S SO EASY TO SET FIRE TO "A WOMAN OF STRAW" (original ad - all caps)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gina Lollobrigida ... Maria Marcello

Sean Connery ... Anthony 'Tony' Richmond

Ralph Richardson ... Charles Richmond

Alexander Knox ... Detective Inspector Lomer

Johnny Sekka ... Thomas
Laurence Hardy ... Baines

Peter Madden ... Yacht Captain
Danny Daniels ... Fenton
Noel Howlett ... Assistant Solicitor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Wilmer ... Dr. Murray (scenes deleted)
A.J. Brown ... Third Executive (uncredited)
Robert Bruce ... John, the Chauffeur (uncredited)

Georgina Cookson ... Guest at Villa Salon (uncredited)
Michael Corcoran ... The Cook (uncredited)
George Curzon ... Second Executive (uncredited)
Gilda Dahlberg ... Guest at Villa Salon (uncredited)

Michael Goodliffe ... Solicitor (uncredited)
Ronald Hatton ... Mate of Yacht (uncredited)
Peggy Marshall ... Wardress (uncredited)

André Morell ... Judge (uncredited)
Edward Underdown ... First Executive (uncredited)
Joseph Wise ... Police Sgt. Peters (uncredited)
George Zenios ... Boy at Island Hotel (uncredited)

Directed by
Basil Dearden 
Writing credits
Catherine Arley (novel)

Robert Muller (screenplay) &
Stanley Mann (screenplay)

Michael Relph  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Relph .... producer
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John D. Guthridge 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Art Direction by
Peter Murton 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
Makeup Department
Basil Newall .... makeup artist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Eileen Warwick .... hair stylist
Production Management
Charles Orme .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clive Reed .... assistant director
Art Department
Freda Pearson .... set dresser (as Frieda Pearson)
Dickie Bamber .... standby props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... sound editor
Bill Daniels .... sound recordist (as W. Daniels)
C.C. Stevens .... sound recordist
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator
Douglas Milsome .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Laurie Shane .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Norman Percival .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Susan Dyson .... continuity (as Sue Dyson)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
John L. Hargreaves .... assistant to producers
Crew verified as complete

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122 min | Argentina:118 min | Germany:117 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The white tuxedo Sean Connery wears in this film is the same one he would later wear in the pre-title sequence of Goldfinger (1964). The jacket even had the initials "AR" sewn on the inside, which stand for his character's name Anthony Richmond.See more »
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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Gina smolders while Sean leers, 27 August 2016
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

Somewhat overwrought sudser is aided by gorgeous location filming in the sort of fortress-like home that people only live in either on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous or movies like this and a superior cast.

Ralph Richardson is wonderful as the old codger, irascible and crotchety but sly and no one's fool. Gina full of fire-smoldering and volcanic while parading a series of knockout outfits and a cyclone of hair. Then there's Sean Connery suave and silky in an atypical role as a reprobate with a yen for Gina and larceny in his heart.

Not great cinema but fun in a melodramatic way.

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