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Funeral in Berlin (1966)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Palmer
... Johnny Vulkan
... Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
... Samantha Steel
... Ross
... Hallam
Heinz Schubert ... Aaron Levine
Wolfgang Völz ... Werner
... Reinhardt
... Kreutzman
... Artur
Rainer Brandt ... Benjamin
... Mrs. Ross
... Rukel
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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Russian soldiers on the east side of the Berlin wall purposely disrupted filming by using mirrors to reflect sunlight into the film cameras. The scene where Harry Palmer walks to Checkpoint Charlie for the first time, had to be filmed from a long distance, for that reason. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Harry Palmer: Do you mean that Her Majesty's government employs ex-Nazis, sir?
Ross: [referring to Palmer himself] And thieves, Palmer.
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Followed by Billion Dollar Brain (1967) See more »

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Top notch thriller
20 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

based on Len Deighton's outstanding novel, this sequel to "The Ipcress File" features Michael Caine once again as the the anti-James Bond British spy, Harry Palmer. Palmer wears thick glasses, dresses in a cheap rain-coat, has a cockney-accent, and cultivates an aura of being not too bright. Of course, he is the only one who can keep track of the double-, triple-, and quadruple crosses in a Berlin where Brits, Americans, Israelis, Russians, and East Germans are all pursuing different goals. Even Palmer's superiors in the Secret Service are pursuing different goals. The plot is complex, but rewards close attention. Caine is pitch-perfect as Palmer, and spy stories just don't get any more bleak and cynical. A very superior movie.


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