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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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Len Deighton (novel)
Evan Jones (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 February 1967 (France) See more »
It was going to be a lovely funeral. Harry Palmer just hoped it wouldn't be his...
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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  (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
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
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
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Akim Tamiroff was originally cast as Colonel Stok, but fell ill and was replaced by Oscar Homolka.See more »
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Man at the Wall (1966)See more »


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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Great plot, great camera work, great characters, 11 December 2000
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I personally think that Funeral In Berlin is a great film and far better than the previous Ipcress File which generally gets the credit as the best of Len Deighton's Harry Palmer novels to make it to the big screen. Caine is excellent as the stiff but smart east end spy. The underlying suggestion that Palmer possesses the superior intellect to his privately educated 'superiors' gives the scenes for example between Palmer and Ross the added edge of annoyance on the part of Ross and frustration and arrogance born of frustration from Palmer. The hard edged 'real life'(compared to Bond) atmosphere give the film it's sense of believability through all of it's complex plot turns. The camera work is excellent with some beautifully framed scenes that have thus far not received the credit they deserve. Homolka as Stock is a particularly excellent characterisation and the whole affect of cameras and the first appearance of Stock remind me greatly of Welles introduction as Harry Lime. The whole film is very much of it's time but as such has not lost any of it's fascination. Definitely one of my favourites.

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