John Preston is a British Agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the "special relationship" between the two countries.
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
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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 »
[In a nightclub, Vulcan introduces his attractive date to Palmer]
Monica, this is Edmund Dorf.
[she leans forward, looking very provocative]
I *like* England.
[Palmer, deadpan, looks her over]
England likes you.
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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 »
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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