The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966)





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This exciting adventure provides an interesting look into the manufacture and trafficking of opium and heroin. The original story was written by Ian Fleming who died shortly before he was to pen the screenplay. The story is set in Iran and opens as an American undercover agent is murdered in the desert while attempting to buy opium. Two more agents are sent to Teheran to investigate the death and stop the powerful drug ring behind the smuggling. Once there, they run into the dead agent's girlfriend, who soon after suddenly disappears. Unfortunately, they cannot find her and so focus on their other job. To figure out where the drugs are going (and hopefully get a lead on the missing girl) they steal a bunch of opium and lace it with radioactive tracers so they can track it with Geiger counters. They then follow the drugs as they are slowly dispersed throughout Europe. After many twists, turns and blind alleys, the agents eventually succeed. This film was originally made for TV and contains cameos from many stars who worked for little pay because they strongly supported its anti-drug message. Those stars include Grace Kelly (who introduces the film) Omar Sharif, E.G. Marshall, Eli Wallach, Marcello Mastrioanni, and many more.


E.G. Marshall
as Coley Jones
Trevor Howard
as Sam Lincoln
Rita Hayworth
as Monique Marko
Angie Dickinson
as Linda Benson
Yul Brynner
as Col. Salem
Eli Wallach
as Locarno
Senta Berger
as Nightclub Entertainer
Hugh Griffith
as Tribal Chief
Marcello Mastroianni
as Inspector Mosca
Georges Géret
as Supt. Roche
Howard Vernon
as Police Analyst
Jean Pascal
as Leader of Tribesmen
Jocelyn Lane
as Society Photographer
Amedeo Nazzari
as Capt. Dinonno
Jean Pascal Bongard
as Leader of Tribesmen
Omar Sharif
as Dr. Rad
Nadja Tiller
as Dr. Bronovska
Jack Hawkins
as Gen. Bahar
Trini Lopez
as Himself
Gilda Dahlberg
as Guest at Marco's Table
Bob Cunningham
as Fred, Marco's Aide
Luisa Rivelli
as Miss Hatif
Laya Raki
as Luisa
Marilu Tolu
as Sophia Banzo
Violette Marceau
as Minor Role
Grace Kelly
as Introduction
Ali Oveisi
as Minor Role
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You haven't lived until you've seen the film's train-bound finale, with a two-fisted E.G. Marshall smacking Harold Sakata while Rita Hayworth carries a yapping poodle as she wobbles around in a druggie haze.

September 14, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5

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