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Funeral in Berlin ()


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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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Harry Palmer
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Johnny Vulkan
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Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
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Samantha Steel
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Ross
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Hallam
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Aaron Levine
Wolfgang Völz ...
Werner
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Reinhardt
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Kreutzman
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Artur
Rainer Brandt ...
Benjamin
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Mrs. Ross
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Rukel
David Glover ...
Chico
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Babcock
Charlotte Brummerhoff ...
Black Widow
Ira Hagen ...
Monica
Erhart Stettner ...
Old Man
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Alice (uncredited)
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Lady on London Bus (uncredited)
Patrick Halpin ...
Commuter (uncredited)
Ursula Heyer ...
Bar Girl (uncredited)
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Brigit (uncredited)
Edward Meeks ...
East-German Guard (uncredited)
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Samantha Steel (uncredited) (voice)

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Guy Hamilton

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Len Deighton ... (novel)
 
Evan Jones ... (screenplay)

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Charles D. Kasher ... producer (as Charles Kasher)
Harry Saltzman ... executive producer

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Konrad Elfers

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Otto Heller ... director of photography

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John Bloom

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Lesley Walker ... assistant film editor
Roger Spottiswoode ... second assistant editor (uncredited)

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Ken Adam

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Peter Murton

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Vernon Dixon
Michael White ... (uncredited)

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Benny Royston ... makeup artist
Freddie Williamson ... makeup artist
Ivy Emmerton ... hair stylist (uncredited)

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Karl Heinz Elsner ... production manager (as Karl H. Elsner)
Clifford Parkes ... production supervisor

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David Bracknell ... assistant director
Peter Medak ... second unit director
Hugh Harlow ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Nigel Wooll ... third assistant director (uncredited)

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Harry Arbour ... construction manager
Vernon Dixon ... set dresser

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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 ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Brian Elvin ... camera operator
Bernard Ford ... camera assistant
Godfrey A. Godar ... additional photographer (as Godfrey Godar)

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Barbara Gillett ... wardrobe
Brian Owen-Smith ... wardrobe (as Brian Owen Smith)

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Frank Ernst ... location manager

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Harry Rabinowitz ... conductor

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Eileen Head ... continuity
Harry Saltzman ... presenter
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines It was going to be a lovely funeral. Harry Palmer just hoped it wouldn't be his... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mes funérailles à Berlin (France)
  • Funeral en Berlín (Spain)
  • Apostoli sto Verolino (Greece)
  • Gravferd i Berlin (Norway)
  • Pogrzeb w Berlinie (Poland)
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  • 102 min
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Trivia 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 funeral there is a cut to the taxi-driver who now appears to be driving from the right hand seat of a car previously established as left hand drive. This shows the film was reversed during processing so as to match the direction of flow of surrounding shots. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Deathlock (1986). See more »
Quotes 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.
Colonel Stok: Aah, in Russia there is no place for an old Bolshevik. In my job I have made too many enemies.
Harry Palmer: Well, what about your family?
Colonel Stok: My wife died in a German air raid in 1941; my only son hasn't written to me in three years. What would you do in my position?
Harry Palmer: I'd stop telling lies, for a start. You have no son, and your wife is in Kiev with your daughter Katya. I know everything about you, Colonel Stok... from the size of your refrigerator to the cubic capacity of your mistress.
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