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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

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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Storyline

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...

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Harry Palmer (Sir Michael Caine) tells Johnny Vulkan (Paul Hubschmid) that he has his inflatable Batman suit. Caine played Batman's butler, Alfred, in The "Dark Knight" trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. See more »

Goofs

At the Villa Grunewald, about 1:16 mark: Harry Palmer facing Colonel Ross. A couple camera shots at one angle have Harry standing with his hands and arms crossed behind his back, whereas other shots at a different camera angle show him in the same position, with hands and arms at his sides, without him having moved. See more »

Quotes

Ross: [final lines] You might make a professional yet, Palmer.
Harry Palmer: I'm glad you think so.
Ross: That loan you wanted to buy a car, how much was it?
Harry Palmer: 800 Pounds. Why?
Ross: Well, I think you've earned it.
Harry Palmer: [slight pause] No thank you, sir. I'll walk.
[turns and walks out]
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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

Followed by Bullet to Beijing (1995) See more »

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Unsentimental spy thriller
14 July 2003 | by bholly72See all my reviews

"The Ipcress File" introduced us to Harry Palmer, the anti-James Bond. This movie is even better than the first. Both are based on novels by Len Deighton, who rivals John LeCarre as the most sophisticated thoughtful spy novelists. Michael Caine's Palmer has a cockney accent, avoids fights, can't afford the finer things in life, has no fancy cars or technological gimmicks. What he has is the brain to figure who's triple crossing all the double crossers in Cold War Berlin's espionage underground. It helps that all the other characters underestimate him. This movie is sharp, intelligent, and unsentimental. It ranks with the very best spy movies ever made. Outstanding.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 February 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Funeral in Berlin See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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