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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

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)  »

Also Known As:

Begravning i Berlin  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Akim Tamiroff was originally cast as Colonel Stok, but fell ill and was replaced by Oscar Homolka. 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 »

Quotes

Colonel Stok: I wish to defect, but there are conditions.
Harry Palmer: What do you want?
Colonel Stok: I want colonel's pay for life.
Harry Palmer: Don't we all.
Colonel Stok: A house in the country.
Harry Palmer: Oh, how many bedrooms?
Colonel Stok: Bedrooms do not matter. But I must have a big garden. I am a peasant at heart, and I want to grow roses in my old age.
Harry Palmer: In England, roses are out - weeds are in. Is that all?
Colonel Stok: That is all. I want comfort and security.
Harry Palmer: You've got all that in Russia now.
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Under-rated Caine/Deighton mystery
27 April 2001 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Though arguably not as cohesive as The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin still stands head and shoulders above the average 60s spy movie. The pacing could be tighter, the adaptation of Deighton's exemplary novel - one of his best - could be a little more fluid but generally the thing works well.

For fans of the novels this is perhaps the most interesting of the three movies. Ipcress is a fascinating spin on the its novel's central theme, Brain is an awful adaptation of a lack-lustre book but Funeral in Berlin sticks to the original story pretty firmly until it turns on you with a very groovy twist indeed.


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