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The Poppy Is Also a Flower

The Poppy Is Also a Flower
Directed by Terence Young
Produced by Euan Lloyd
Written by Jo Eisinger
Ian Fleming (story)
Starring Stephen Boyd
Senta Berger
Yul Brynner
Angie Dickinson
Narrated by Grace Kelly
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Cinematography Henri Alekan
Distributed by ABC (US TV broadcast)
Astral Films (US theatrical)
Release dates
  • 1966 (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 1
  • Cast 2
  • International crew 3
  • Production 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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.

See also


  1. ^ "The Poppy Is Also a Flower".  
  2. ^ "The Euan Lloyd Interview". Cinema Retro (1). 

External links

  • Danger Grows Wild at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Poppy Is Also a Flower at AllMovie
  • "Ian Fleming’s Last Story: 'The Poppy Is Also A Flower'"
  • TVParty: "The UN Goes to the Movies"
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