Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy, and, in an effort to avoid the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers. She meets the voluptuous peasant rice worker, Silvana, and the soon-to-be-discharged soldier, Marco. Walter follows her to the rice fields, and the four characters become involved in a complex plot involving robbery, love, and murder.
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was the director's first choice for the role of Silvana. It wasn't until he met Silvana Mangano
by chance that he decided to cast her in the film. De Santis also wanted Mangano to appear in his next picture Under the Olive Tree
(1950) but when she got pregnant, she was replaced by Bosé. See more