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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.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Catherine Arley (novel), Robert Muller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

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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Trivia

There were some concerns over Sean Connery being cast as a villain, owing to the risk of his heroic image being compromised. See more »

Goofs

Sean Connery wears his marriage ring in two sequences and in the film is a single guy. See more »

Quotes

Anthony 'Tony' Richmond: You know what you're throwing away, what you're losing? Foxhurst and all that goes with it.
Maria Marcello: He goes with it, Richmond.
Anthony 'Tony' Richmond: Oh, not for long.
Maria Marcello: Too long for me.
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Connections

Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Capriccio Espanol
(uncredited)
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
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Music soothes the savage breast.
12 July 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Catherine Arley's novel and the play which followed both used to take place in Germany,just after the war.The nurse character was a survivor who had absolutely nothing left and thus had nothing to lose.She read a "job" advertisement -very special- in a paper and she wound up in a noble's desirable mansion.

Hence the changes:the nurse becomes Italian,and the greybeard and his nephew English.It does not make a big difference,and the movie is entertaining anyway.Too slow in its first part,it gains momentum later,and by the last third he's hit its stride:there are almost scary scenes :the old man's sunglasses,the cigarette in the car,the detective in the dead's wheelchair.Lollobrigida,Connery -at "Goldfinger' time- and Richardson give effective performances and the plot is full of suspense.

The old fogey digs classical music which he keeps listening to all day;it does not soothe the savage breast,as far as he's concerned,but Gina does.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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