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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

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Paul Hubschmid ...
Johnny Vulkan
Oskar Homolka ...
Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
Eva Renzi ...
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Hugh Burden ...
Hallam
Heinz Schubert ...
Aaron Levine
Wolfgang Völz ...
Werner
Thomas Holtzmann ...
Reinhardt
Günter Meisner ...
Kreutzman
Herbert Fux ...
Artur
Rainer Brandt ...
Benjamin
Rachel Gurney ...
Mrs. Ross
John Abineri ...
Rukel
David Glover ...
Chico
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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 <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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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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22 February 1967 (France)  »

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Begravning i Berlin  »

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Some sources say Max Adrian is in this film but he is not. See more »

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During the border inspection of the hearse, a senior officer hands some documents to a junior who is carrying an AK47 with telescoping stock. In the next shot, the junior is carrying a solid-stock rifle. In the following shot to that, the rifle is once more a telescoping stock. See more »

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Harry Palmer: She picked me up last night, and - with my irrestible charm - I want to know why, and who she's working for.
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" Admit it Russian, . . . I scared you ?"
2 October 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

There are a number of interesting spy novels involving British Agents, which were written by Len Deighton, but the most popular ones involves international spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) . That is because unlike 007, Harry is a 'thinking man's James Bond.' If you watch the movie, you'll see the reason for such a statement. Take for instance this offering " A Funeral in Berlin " is the tale of spy vs spy. During the era of the Cold War, each side (East and West) was endeavoring to gain an upper hand in the war of intrigue. The Berlin Wall or Iron Curtain separated Germany and each side sought to exploit the other side's weaknesses. Many East Germans were seeking to cross the 'wall' any way they could. To fail meant death. Harry Palmer is sent by his boss, Col. Ross (Guy Doleman) on what Harry believes is a fool's errand. A high ranking Russian Official, Colonel Stok KGB (Oskar Homolka) seeks to defect and needs Harry's help. His German friend, Johnny Vulkan (Paul Hubschmid) reassures harry of his mission as does Eva Renzi (Samantha Steel) an Isreali spy. All seems above board, but Harry is no fool and takes precautions to insure his own life. What transpires is nothing short of fine drama and the result is the foundation for Classic status. ****


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