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Funeral in Berlin (1966)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 24 February 1967 (UK)
A British Agent is sent to East Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Len Deighton (novel), Evan Jones (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Wolfgang Völz ... Werner
Thomas Holtzmann ... Reinhardt
Günter Meisner ... Kreutzman
Herbert Fux ... Artur
Rainer Brandt Rainer Brandt ... Benjamin
Rachel Gurney ... Mrs. Ross
John Abineri ... Rukel
David Glover David Glover ... Chico
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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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Trivia

Eva Renzi was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl. See more »

Goofs

At the bridge where the coffin will be inspected as it is transported into West Berlin, there is a long view down the bridge, and the East Berlin hearse is clearly visible already at the checkpoint booth with no barriers in the way. In the very next shot, the east Berlin hearse is shown having not yet reached the checkpoint booth, over a block away with a red and white barrier in the way. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Vulkan: [In a nightclub, Vulcan introduces his attractive date to Palmer] Monica, this is Edmund Dorf.
Monica: [she leans forward, looking very provocative] I *like* England.
Harry Palmer: [Palmer, deadpan, looks her over] England likes you.
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Alternate Versions

Present DVD version starts with a short montage of people having a good time at Kurfürstendamm, enyoing the sun, having a coffee or beer, window shopping etc. The film then segues into the main credits set against the devastated Berlin Wall area. This short - some 15 seconds - sequence was not on previous Swedish VHS versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bullet to Beijing (1995) See more »

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Under-rated Caine/Deighton mystery
27 April 2001 | by james_j_colemanSee all my reviews

Though arguably not as cohesive as The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin still stands head and shoulders above the average 60s spy movie. The pacing could be tighter, the adaptation of Deighton's exemplary novel - one of his best - could be a little more fluid but generally the thing works well.

For fans of the novels this is perhaps the most interesting of the three movies. Ipcress is a fascinating spin on the its novel's central theme, Brain is an awful adaptation of a lack-lustre book but Funeral in Berlin sticks to the original story pretty firmly until it turns on you with a very groovy twist indeed.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 February 1967 (UK) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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