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Woman of Straw (1964)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 25 August 1964 (Japan)
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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Basil Dearden

Writers:

Catherine Arley (novel), Robert Muller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Maria Marcello
Sean Connery ... Anthony 'Tony' Richmond
Ralph Richardson ... Charles Richmond
Alexander Knox ... Detective Inspector Lomer
Johnny Sekka ... Thomas
Laurence Hardy 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)
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Storyline

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 (fifty 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 one 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)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

La mujer de paja See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Sean Connery and Gina Lollobrigida did not get along during filming. 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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Referenced in Endeavour: Cartouche (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie Fantastique
(uncredited)
Music by Hector Berlioz
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
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A good psychological thriller with great locations
27 May 2005 | by DrHypersonicSee all my reviews

This film, one of the earliest starring Sean Connery, has strong and alluring power of its own. The visual settings are magnificent, and Gina Lollobrigida was never more seductive or beautiful than in this motion picture. Connery shows more depth than in many of his later films--one wonders what direction his career might have taken if he had not fallen into the clutches of "Cubby" Broccoli and the whole 007 thing. Sir Ralph is, well, Sir Ralph--imperious, petulant, old school upper class damn-the-servants Brit...This film plays strongly to anyone interested in the psychological stress a crime induces in the various participants, and this is one of the many factors that separate it from the run of the mill police procedural. Finally, it has an evocative and excellent musical score--and no wonder, since Rimsky-Korsakov's Cappricio Espanol features prominently as a mood-setter. Altogether, a good rainy afternoon movie!


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