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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.

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Cast

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Maxine
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Benson
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Colonel Salem
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Linda Benson
Georges Géret ...
Superintendent Roche (as Georges Geret)
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Salah Rahman Khan
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General Bahar
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Monique Marko
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Sam Lincoln
Trini López ...
Himself (as Trini Lopez)
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Coley Jones
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Inspector Mosca
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Captain Di Nonno
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Captain Vanderbilt
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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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16 October 1966 (USA)  »

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The Opium Connection  »

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(Westrex Optiphone)

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1.37 : 1
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The United Nations Secretary General asked Xerox to sponsor this production for the US, which it did. The on-screen credit says: 'This film was produced as a public service through funds provided by the XEROX CORPORATION'. 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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Lemon Tree
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European co-production financed by United Nations with all star cast
23 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

The film begins in Iran where an agent (Stephen Boyd) deals with an opium smuggler (Hugh Griffith) . Later on , two United Nations agents (Trevor Howard, E.G. Marshall) arrive in Teheran airport and reunite with Iranian authorities (Yul Brynner , Omar Shariff , Jack Hawkins). They scheme to chase the smugglers by means of opium full of radioactive element and a 'Geiger counter set' to place it . The colonel (Brynner) along with a riding posse heads desert to crack the opium bandits , as they climb a mountain and attack . After that , the tracks lead to Napoli where encounter the radioactive opium and a suspect named Locarno (Eli Wallach) . Other clues lead to Stromboli club (there fights a wrestler woman , Senta Berger) , a ship commanded by a drunk captain (Anthony Quayle) , Niza , Montecarlo Hall (where sings La Bamba the actor-singer Trini Lopez) and a magnate named Serge Marco (Gilbert Roland) . At the end happens some spectacular struggles into a train ( 'From Russian with love'-alike)

Trevor Howard and his partner Edgar G Marshall are a couple of hard-noised narcotic detectives who stumble onto what turns out to be one of the biggest opium rings of all time , involving mastermind well played by Gilbert Roland . Trevor Howard's portrayal is good and the teamwork with E.G. Marshall is special . Production with quite budget by United Nations to get funds for world fight against drug , however did not obtained success at the box office ; furthermore uninterested collaboration of actors and technicians . Colorful cinematography by Henry Alekan , Terence Young's usual, and atmospheric musical score by George Auric . All characters , places and events in this film are fictitious : any similarity to any persons, places or events is purely coincidental and based on an Ian Fleming story shot on location in Iran , Napoli , Niza, Monaco.

This dope-trade thriller is professionally directed by Terence Young . He realized three of the first four James Bond films , as ¨Dr No¨, ¨From Russia with love¨ and ¨Thunderball¨, such successful blockbusters were hard to continue , though he attempted in search of more box office hits . His biggest film was , beyond doubt , ¨Wait in dark¨ with Audrey Hepburn and Richard Crenna . However , his last period was largely unsuccessful , full of failures and duds as ¨Amazons¨ , ¨Klansman¨ , ¨Blood line¨, ¨ Inchon¨, ¨Jigsaw man¨, ¨Takeover¨ tough some action scenes remained undiluted.


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