Funeral in Berlin

"Good"

Funeral in Berlin Review


Michael Caine starred as British spy Harry Palmer in five movies (three in the 1960s and two in 1995 -- try figuring that one out), most of which were based on Len Deighton's novels. Funeral in Berlin is the follow-up to The Ipcress File, a well-received spy thriller and the only one of the series anyone has ever seen.

Palmer is a reluctant agent, serving as a spy in lieu of spending time behind bars for some unknown crime. This time out, he's sent to East Berlin (remember when there was an East Berlin?) to retrieve a defecting Russian general, by devising a phony funeral. As a former crook, Palmer is unconventional. He talks back to his bosses, he doublecrosses his partners, and he drinks Lowenbrau instead of martinis.

His movie also gets confusing -- after the defection goes awry and a competing agent reveals alternative plans, my interest began to wane. Harry Palmer is indeed a unique spy, and Caine lends a kooky, swingin' 60s, pre-Austin Powers spin to the genre, but I'll take the overblown theatrics of James Bond instead.



Funeral in Berlin

Facts and Figures

Run time: 102 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 22nd February 1967

Distributed by: Paramount Home Video

Production compaines: Lowndes Productions Limited

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Guy Hamilton

Producer: Charles D. Kasher

Starring: as Harry Palmer, as Johnny Vulkan, as Colonel Stok, as Samantha Steel, as Ross, as Hallam, as Aaron Levine, Wolfgang Völz as Werner, Thomas Holtzmann as Reinhardt, Günter Meisner as Kreutzman, Herbert Fux as Artur, Rainer Brandt as Benjamin

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