The Poppy Is Also a Flower

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The Poppy Is Also a Flower
Poster of The Poppy Is Also a Flower.jpg
Directed by Terence Young
Produced by Euan Lloyd
Written by Jo Eisinger
Ian Fleming (story)
Narrated by Grace Kelly
Starring Stephen Boyd
Senta Berger
Yul Brynner
Angie Dickinson
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Cinematography Henri Alekan
Distributed by ABC (US TV broadcast)
Astral Films (US theatrical)
Release dates 1966
Running time 80 minutes (TV)
100 minutes (theatrical)
Language English

The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966) is an ABC made-for-television spy and anti-drug film. The film was directed by Terence Young and stars Senta Berger, Stephen Boyd, Trevor Howard, Rita Hayworth, Angie Dickinson, Yul Brynner, and Marcello Mastroianni. Grace Kelly (as Princess Grace of Monaco) narrates.[1]

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

Plot summary[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

International crew[edit]

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.

Backstory[edit]

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), later expanded to 100 minutes for theatrical release. Interestingly, Astral Films released the theatrical version into American theaters in 1967.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NY Times: The Poppy Is Also a Flower". NY Times.com. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ The Euan Lloyd Interview Cinema Retro Issue #1

External links[edit]

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