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Funeral in Berlin (1966)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 24 February 1967 (UK)
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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Johnny Vulkan
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Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
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Hallam
Heinz Schubert ...
Aaron Levine
Wolfgang Völz ...
Werner
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Reinhardt
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Kreutzman
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Artur
Rainer Brandt ...
Benjamin
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Mrs. Ross
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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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Trivia

Anjanette Comer was originally cast as Samantha Steel, and even appeared in the publicity stills. But due to illness, Comer had to back out, and Eva Renzi ended up the role. 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: What's the matter, you in trouble? Ross won't shoot you for failing once - it's not democratic!
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Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

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Funeral in Berlin- The best of the 3 'Harry Palmer' films
24 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Funeral in Berlin, in my view, remains the best of the 3 Harry palmer films. Dispensing with the mandatory 60's 'brainwashing'and over-played 'spy' sequences of the Ipcress file. Funeral in Berlin benefits greatly from being shot on location, adding to the authenticity and nervy cold war tension of the original novel. (Actually at least 2 other sub-plots are ditched to save on running time & viewer brain fatigue)The plot, although condensed, remains coherent and totally logical. For anyone wanting explosions, car chases and all the other dreary staples of the 'spy thriller' - forget it. Harry Palmer travels to see his boss on a bus and only receives a gun (at his request) over half way through the film! Watch it for atmosphere, razor-sharp dialogue and a great in-joke regarding Lownbrau beer... Michael Caine is at his world-weary best and supported by a fine cast, all adding to arguably the most 'authentic' spy film of the 60's. as for Billion dollar brain- Have you ever seen it? Listen to the theme tune & turn off!!


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