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Funeral in Berlin -- 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.

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Writers:
Len Deighton (novel)
Evan Jones (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 February 1967 (France) See more »
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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 »
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Perfect Sunday afternoon pot-boiler material. See more (31 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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Revealing mistakes: During the funeral there is a cut to the taxi-driver who now appears to be driving from the right hand seat of a car previously established as left hand drive. This shows the film was reversed during processing so as to match the direction of flow of surrounding shots.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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Perfect Sunday afternoon pot-boiler material., 29 May 2007
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

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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