Funeral in Berlin

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Released 1966

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Director:
Guy Hamilton
Released:
1966
Rating:
R

Harry Palmer is sent to Berlin, his old army stamping-ground, to arrange the defection of a high-ranking Soviet intelligence colonel. Harry is sceptical of the colonel's sincerity, but arranges a "funeral" to smuggle him across the checkpoint in a coffin. But whose body is really inside it?

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    • Paul Hubschmid had had a minor Hollywood career in the early 1950s under the name "Paul Christian", but had returned to using his actual name in German films by the time he was signed for this film. A romance blossomed during the filming between Hubschmid and the film's leading lady, Eva Renzi, and they were married a few months after its release; however, they were divorced in 1980.

    • There were three last-minute cast replacements in leading roles for this film. Akim Tamiroff, an actual Russian, was originally cast as Colonel Stok, but fell ill and was replaced by Oscar Homolka. Max Adrian was replaced by Hugh Burden in the part of Hallam. Anjanette Comer was replaced after the start of filming by Eva Renzi in the role of Samantha Steel, although Frl. Renzi was dubbed by Nikki Van Der Zyl.

    • The second of the three 1960s movies in which Michael Caine played the working-class spy Harry Palmer.

    • This film marked the acting debut of Marthe Keller, a former model who became quite a big name for a while in international films in the 1970s.

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