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Funeral in Berlin (1966)

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A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Hubschmid ...
Johnny Vulkan
Oskar Homolka ...
Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
Eva Renzi ...
Hugh Burden ...
Heinz Schubert ...
Aaron Levine
Wolfgang Völz ...
Thomas Holtzmann ...
Günter Meisner ...
Herbert Fux ...
Rainer Brandt ...
Rachel Gurney ...
Mrs. Ross
John Abineri ...
David Glover ...


Colonel Stok, a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall, appears to want to defect but the evidence is contradictory. Stok wants the British to handle his defection and asks for one of their agents, Harry Palmer, to smuggle him out of East Germany. Written by Dave Jenkins <>

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It was going to be a lovely funeral. Harry Palmer just hoped it wouldn't be his...




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Release Date:

22 February 1967 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Begravning i Berlin  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Russian soldiers on the east side of the Berlin wall purposely disrupted filming by using mirrors to reflect sunlight into the film cameras. The scene where Harry Palmer walks to Checkpoint Charlie for the first time had to be filmed from a long distance for that reason. See more »


During the funeral there is a cut to the taxi-driver who now appears to be driving from the right hand seat of a car previously established as left hand drive. This shows the film was reversed during processing so as to match the direction of flow of surrounding shots. See more »


Harry Palmer: I'm sorry, I just don'f feel like an Edmund Duff.
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Top notch spy vs. spy vs. spy
12 April 2007 | by (canton, ohio) – See all my reviews

As some other reviewers have opined, this is the best of the three Harry Palmer movies set in the '60s. Michael Caine's cavalier attitude coupled with his witty, sarcastic banter is most refreshing. All the stodgy bureaucratic types get bum-rushed by Harry Palmer's rapier tongue. His self deprecating humor, especially in some of the scenes with Samantha Steele (Eva Renzi), is refreshing, since she has the pertness and sense of humor to complement those scenes deftly. Similarly, the scenes with Col. Stock show great flashes of sarcastic wit, juxtaposed with attending to the serious Cold War business at hand.

But the more serious fun is the wonderfully executed plot development, interweaving the various characters such as Johnny Vulcan, Col. Stock, Hallam, Ross (the boss), Kreutsmann, Steele, etc. into a menagerie of complicated intrigue. I'll let others offer a plot synopsis: I'll just say the film keeps you guessing and wondering throughout its hour and forty-five minutes. The overall style of mixing mordant anti-establishment humor and complicated intrigue reminds me of a later film, "The Russia House", with Sean Connery, an equally satisfying Cold War drama.

The only knock I have on this film is the sometimes obtrusive sound track, where the trumpets blare much too loudly to proclaim a given dramatic occurrence. Could have been done a little more tastefully.

All in all, a "must see" for Cold War movie fans!

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