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The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966)

Poppies Are Also Flowers (original title)
United Nations narcotics agents attempt to trace heroin shipments from the Afghanistan-Iran border to the main European distributor.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Jo Eisinger (screenplay), Ian Fleming (story)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Senta Berger ... Maxine
Stephen Boyd ... Benson
Yul Brynner ... Colonel Salem
Angie Dickinson ... Linda Benson
Georges Géret ... Superintendent Roche (as Georges Geret)
Hugh Griffith ... Salah Rahman Khan
Jack Hawkins ... General Bahar
Rita Hayworth ... Monique Marko
Trevor Howard ... Sam Lincoln
Trini López ... Trini Lopez (as Trini Lopez)
E.G. Marshall ... Coley Jones
Marcello Mastroianni ... Inspector Mosca
Amedeo Nazzari ... Captain Di Nonno
Anthony Quayle ... Captain Vanderbilt
Gilbert Roland ... Serge Marko
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Storyline

In an attempt to stem the heroin trade from Iran, a group of narcotics agents working for the UN inject a radioactive compound into a seized shipment of opium, in the hopes that it will lead them to the main heroin distributor in Europe. Along the way, they encounter a mysterious woman doing her own investigating of the smuggling operation. Together, they follow the trail as it leads them through the back alleys and luxury resorts of Europe. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

Terence Young and Euan Lloyd worked for free while all of the big-name cast members were paid one dollar for their work. See more »

Quotes

Coley Jones: Is this place taken?
[he sits down]
Coley Jones: Madame, would you mind if I smoked?
Coley Jones: I noticed you took a pill. I thought perhaps...
[he waves his packet of cigars at her]
Monique Marko: huh? Nothing. Small headache.
Coley Jones: Are you sure the smoke won't distress you?
Monique Marko: I'm never distressed by smoke. Surely not. But thank you.
Coley Jones: Not at all. I have a headache myself. I wonder if it would be too much to ask if, eh...
Monique Marko: The aspirin?
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

La Bamba
Performed by Trini López
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Awesome trivia value; lotsa stars
16 August 2005 | by SpaceComicsSee all my reviews

The Poppy Is Also A Flower is an odd movie of great interest to film and trivia buffs primarily for having the coolest, if not largest, international all-star cast, including Yul Brynner, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard, Gilbert Roland, Angie Dickinson, Rita Hayworth, E.G. Marshall, Stephen Boyd, Anthony Quayle, Marcello Mastroianni, Eli Wallach, Trini Lopez, and Grace Kelly, just to name those I can recall. The film concerns UN investigators tracing irradiated drugs from the poppy fields in Iran through the entire process of smuggling, refining, and sale. E.G. Marshall and Trevor Howard are the main protagonists on the trail of the drugs, which leads through the Mediterranean to Italy and Monte Carlo. Gilbert Roland is interestingly cast as a Mafia boss. Unfortunately the film isn't very effective, almost dull, in spite of super stars in exotic locations, in the first half, until one of the protagonists is caught by the bad guys. Sometimes it seems as if the dialog is dubbed or the soundtrack misaligned, or the acting just a bit stilted, though some is very good, especially Anthony Quayle as a cockney sea captain - he sounds like Cary Grant and looks like Victor McLaglen. The film has a few sights you wouldn't expect to find in any movie: E.G. Marshall hiding under Angie Dickinson's bed; Gilbert Roland watching Trini Lopez sing La Bomba; and Rita Hayworth playing a drug addict. So I'd recommend it if you're interested in the trivia aspects, but not for escapist entertainment.


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Country:

France | Austria | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Opium Connection See more »

Filming Locations:

Isfahan, Iran See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Optiphone)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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