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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

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

Hallam: Show them to any Swiss banker, he'll laugh in your face. Beautiful forgeries... but on the wrong paper.
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Followed by Billion Dollar Brain (1967) See more »

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First class and very well made
4 July 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is my favourite of the three Harry Palmer films (I don't count the 90s remake.) This film is accurately done and goes at a sensible pace – however, those people looking for computerised special effects and exploding cars are watching the wrong film.

The plot is really good and makes absolute sense – if you follow it closely. There is also the wonderful dry wit between Palmer and his commanding officer.

Palmer: I didn't pick her up; she picked me up.

Ross: Well you'd have to say that to get it on expenses.

Also, you should watch this in widescreen – there are some subtle details, which are left out at the edge of the screen. Including the subtle way in which Sam first picks up Harry at the hotel. However, unlike most "Spy" films we are not subjected to the obligatory soft porn sequence.

Listen carefully for the references to Suvorov – a Russian general, part of the priceless banter between Palmer and the Russian who wants to defect.

They don't make films like this anymore – simply because they don't write books like this anymore. This was Len Deighton and it is first class.


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