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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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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

The novel, on which this movie is based, was originally published in France under the title "La Femme de Paille" by Catherine Arley in 1953. See more »

Quotes

Maria Marcello: He was telling me about your mother.
Anthony 'Tony' Richmond: How she liked his strength after my father's weakness? How she loved him, despite his wealth?
Maria Marcello: He was so sad when he talked about her dying.
Anthony 'Tony' Richmond: Did he tell you what he said the minute after she died?
Maria Marcello: No...
Anthony 'Tony' Richmond: He said, "You gave me everything, and took nothing. You were a very stupid woman." Let's not get sentimental, shall we?
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Fidelio
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
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Not-Great-But-Compelling Thriller
31 March 2002 | by mg1119See all my reviews

This is not a brilliant movie by any means, but it's worth seeing if you can track it down on late-night television or the limited VHS release (poor transfer quality, so be warned if you happen to find one). Ralph Richardson in particular gives a great performance, playing the meanest tycoon this side of Montgomery Burns, with a bit of "The Magic Christian"'s Sir Guy Grande thrown in for good measure. It's not surprising his nephew (Sean Connery) would want to do him in. Connery spends much of the film looking and acting like he's still in James Bond character. He wears similar well-tailored clothing and has the same cool, slightly bored manner he affected in those movies. Towards the end, though, his character turns sociopathically chilling, and he hits some good acting notes in that part of the film. Gina Lollabrigida gives a good performance sporadically, as well. Her halting English does her in at times, as it does in most of her films, but she delivers great emotion when her character has terrible things happen to her. The film has a rather slow start, but builds nicely and offers some twists along the way.


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