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Director:
Writers:
Len Deighton (novel)
Evan Jones (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 February 1967 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
It was going to be a lovely funeral. Harry Palmer just hoped it wouldn't be his...
Plot:
A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Top notch spy vs. spy vs. spy See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Harry Palmer
Paul Hubschmid ... Johnny Vulkan
Oskar Homolka ... Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
Eva Renzi ... Samantha Steel

Guy Doleman ... Ross
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
Sarah Brackett ... Babcock
Charlotte Brummerhoff ... Black Widow
Ira Hagen ... Monica
Erhart Stettner ... Old Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pauline Chamberlain ... Lady on London Bus (uncredited)
Ursula Heyer ... Bar Girl (uncredited)

Marthe Keller ... Brigit (uncredited)
Edward Meeks ... East-German Guard (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Samantha Steel (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Guy Hamilton 
 
Writing credits
Len Deighton (novel)

Evan Jones (screenplay)

Produced by
Charles D. Kasher .... producer (as Charles Kasher)
Harry Saltzman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Konrad Elfers 
 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Murton 
 
Set Decoration by
Vernon Dixon 
Michael White (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Benny Royston .... makeup artist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
Ivy Emmerton .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Karl Heinz Elsner .... production manager (as Karl H. Elsner)
Clifford Parkes .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... assistant director
Peter Medak .... second unit director
Nigel Wooll .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harry Arbour .... construction manager
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Peter Davies .... sound recordist (as Peter T. Davies)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Ken Nightingall .... sound
Ben Rayner .... sound editor
Terry Sharratt .... sound
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Elvin .... camera operator
Bernard Ford .... camera assistant
Godfrey A. Godar .... additional photographer (as Godfrey Godar)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Gillett .... wardrobe
Brian Owen-Smith .... wardrobe (as Brian Owen Smith)
 
Editorial Department
Lesley Walker .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
 
Other crew
Frank Ernst .... location manager
Eileen Head .... continuity
Harry Saltzman .... presenter
 
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102 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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:
Continuity: 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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Referenced in Bullet to Beijing (1995) (TV)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Top notch spy vs. spy vs. spy, 12 April 2007
Author: mike dewey from canton, ohio

As some other reviewers have opined, this is the best of the three Harry Palmer movies set in the '60s. Michael Caine's cavalier attitude coupled with his witty, sarcastic banter is most refreshing. All the stodgy bureaucratic types get bum-rushed by Harry Palmer's rapier tongue. His self deprecating humor, especially in some of the scenes with Samantha Steele (Eva Renzi), is refreshing, since she has the pertness and sense of humor to complement those scenes deftly. Similarly, the scenes with Col. Stock show great flashes of sarcastic wit, juxtaposed with attending to the serious Cold War business at hand.

But the more serious fun is the wonderfully executed plot development, interweaving the various characters such as Johnny Vulcan, Col. Stock, Hallam, Ross (the boss), Kreutsmann, Steele, etc. into a menagerie of complicated intrigue. I'll let others offer a plot synopsis: I'll just say the film keeps you guessing and wondering throughout its hour and forty-five minutes. The overall style of mixing mordant anti-establishment humor and complicated intrigue reminds me of a later film, "The Russia House", with Sean Connery, an equally satisfying Cold War drama.

The only knock I have on this film is the sometimes obtrusive sound track, where the trumpets blare much too loudly to proclaim a given dramatic occurrence. Could have been done a little more tastefully.

All in all, a "must see" for Cold War movie fans!

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