Watch: Poppies Are Also Flowers 1966 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: In this anti-drug film narrated by Grace Kelly, a group of narcotics agents working for the United Nations inject a radioactive compound into a seized shipment of opium at the Afghanistan–Iran border, in the hopes that it will lead them to the main heroin distributor in Europe.
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“It doesn’t make sense! Not any of it!”
Hilariously awful star-studded turkey, an apparent do-gooder drama concocted by Ian Fleming, sponsored by Xerox and directed by Bond-filmmaker Terence Young, details the United Nations’ efforts to stop the trafficking of opium out of the Middle East. Bungled ingredients include star-cameos, an introduction by Grace Kelly (!), and Yul Brynner (misspelled in the credits) as a fez-topped Colonel who rides out to meet his enemies on horseback as if this were a Samurai western. The curious, sloppy over-dubbing leaves some of the actors looking like foreigners in a spaghetti spy-drama, while Kelly implores us to remember that…yes…Poppy flowers are attractive and innocent-looking, but their seeds are producing drugs that are destroying our young people! Not as fast as films like this. E. G. Marshall’s somewhat bemused performance is the only asset the picture has to offer. Also known as “The Poppy Is Also a Flower”, “The Opium Connection” and (my favorite) “Danger Grows Wild”. NO STARS from ****
Too much message…too many stars…not enough story
Let’s face it…whenever you get this many stars in one place the end result is gonna be really bad. And this is no exception.
I know this film was made by the UN to help bolster efforts to stop drug trafficking and abuse…I know the most of the stars worked for scale to cut down costs. But it looks like only Trevor Howard remembered that “working for scale” still means “working”…i.e., acting. Yul Brynner is, well, Yul Brynner. He doesn’t have to act…he only has two characters in his repertoire anyway (enjoyable though those characters may be).
It was interesting to see E.G. Marshall as the hero of the piece though…one of the few interesting points to the film.
One major part of the premise was that the UN forces tagged a shipment of opium with radioactivity to track it. Now this radioactivity was measurable at a distance of several miles at times, so one has to wonder what would happen if it got away from them and got to the junkies…hoards of radioactive heroin addicts…ack.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min) (USA), 1 hr 40 min (100 min) (Brazil), 1 hr 20 min (80 min) (TV)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Terence Young, Henry Levin
Writer Jo Eisinger, Ian Fleming, Jack Davies
Actors Senta Berger, Stephen Boyd, Yul Brynner
Country France, Austria, United States
Awards Won 1 Primetime Emmy. 1 win total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Optiphone)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory Eastmancolor (color), Laboratoires Franay Tirages Cinematographiques (LTC), Paris, France
Film Length 2,750 m (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm