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The Poppy Is Also a Flower

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The Poppy Is Also a Flower
Directed byTerence Young
Written byJo Eisinger
Ian Fleming (story)
Produced byEuan Lloyd
StarringE. G. Marshall
Trevor Howard
Yul Brynner
Eli Wallach
Angie Dickinson
Narrated byGrace Kelly
CinematographyHenri Alekan
Music byGeorges Auric
Distributed byABC (US TV broadcast)
Astral Films (US theatrical)
Release date
  • 1966 (1966)
Running time
80 minutes (TV)
100 minutes (theatrical)

The Poppy Is Also a Flower is a 1966 American-French-Austrian made-for-television spy and anti-drug film. It was originally made under the auspices of the United Nations as part of a series of television specials designed to promote the organization's work. The film was directed by Terence Young and stars Yul Brynner, Omar Sharif, Eli Wallach, Angie Dickinson, Senta Berger, Stephen Boyd, Trevor Howard, Rita Hayworth and Marcello Mastroianni. Grace Kelly (as Princess Grace of Monaco) narrates.[1]

The film was also known by alternative titles Poppies Are Also Flowers, The Opium Connection, and Danger Grows Wild (in the UK).

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In an attempt to stem the heroin trade at the AfghanistanIran border, a group of narcotics agents working for the United Nations 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.


In alphabetical order

International crew

Part of the production of this film took place overseas. Iran was the main scene for many desert and border scenes. The crew spent several weeks on location and the local cinematographers joined the team to accomplish the production. Famous Iranian cinematographers cooperated with this project, including Maziyar Partow.


The film is based on an idea by Ian Fleming, the James Bond creator. Funded in part by a grant from Xerox, it was produced by the United Nations and the stars received a salary of $1.[2] Terence Young left the direction of Thunderball to make the film.

The Poppy Is Also a Flower was the last of four television movies commissioned by the United Nations, to publicise its missions and roles in world peace and diplomacy. The film was originally 80 minutes in length for its ABC telecast, minus commercial time for the 90-minute slot. It was expanded to 100 minutes for a US theatrical release by Astral Films in 1967.

After its television broadcast on ABC in 1966, Eli Wallach won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of drug kingpin "Happy" Locarno. This was the production's only award.

See also


  1. ^ "The Poppy Is Also a Flower". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2014. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Euan Lloyd Interview". Cinema Retro. No. 1.

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