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Funeral in Berlin
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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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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:
First class and very well made See more (27 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Runtime:
102 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Average Shot Length = ~5.8 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~5.4 seconds.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:
Harry Palmer:I'm sorry, I just don'f feel like an Edmund Duff.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bullet to Beijing (1995) (TV)See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
First class and very well made, 4 July 2005
Author: 1bilbo from England

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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