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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Waiter: Bitte, mein Herr?
Harry Palmer: No, Löwenbrau, please.
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Perfect Sunday afternoon pot-boiler material.
29 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Reluctant spy and disgraced army sergeant Harry Palmer gets sent to Berlin to encounter a Russian general that says he wants to defect - but does he?

The success (and continued success) of the Ipcress Files lead to this very solid and very good (if complicated) follow-up which seems Palmer (Michael Caine in his too-cool-for-school best form) back in a cheap raincoat and dowdy clothes on a mission that he seems sure he is going to regret. Indeed he makes clear that only being on probation (still?) causes him to go on it in the first place.

The use of the real Berlin and the performance of Caine and Oskar Homolka (as Colonel Stok) keeps this film going as the plot is rather too thick for my liking.

I am not someone that wants to do this much thinking with my fluff - but I caught most of it or at least the main parts. Couldn't be sure totally who the lesser characters were in bed with though or even if it was not each other.

When the series returned with The Billion Dollar Brain it had got past its sell-by date and seemed to almost parody what had gone before. Like all things it has hard to judge when you have gone too far before you actually have.

As a footnote Howard Hughes used to watch this film over-and-over again (as many as three times a day) when locked in his own self-made lunatic asylum. Did the film drive him mad or help drive him mad. We will never know.


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