1958 Certificate: pg


Romantic drama starring Anthony Quinn as an Italian businessman who becomes smitten with a gangster's widow (Sophia Loren). But there are some who object to the affair - particularly their children. Released in the same year as his deep South melodrama The Long, Hot Summer, this tale of troubled romance from director Martin Ritt allowed Quinn to show his leading man credentials while giving Loren the chance to make her luminous mark on English-speaking audiences.


  • Martin Ritt


  • Anthony Quinn

  • Sophia Loren

  • Peter Mark Richman


The first of Anthony Quinn's 'European' roles leading up to his triumph five years later in Zorba the Greek. In this unexpectedly tender love story he plays an Italian wooing a gangster's widow.

The film also established Sophia Loren's claim as an actress of some worth and paved the way for her Oscar-winning triumph three years later in Two Women. A winner.