Funeral in Berlin (1966)


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Funeral in Berlin was the second of three films based on the Harry Palmer novels by Len Deighton. As he did in The Ipcress File, Michael Caine stars as Palmer, Deighton's bespectacled, somewhat disreputable British secret agent. In the manner of Graham Greene's The Third Man, Palmer is dispatched to Berlin to look into the highly suspicious defection of Soviet colonel Stok (Oscar Homolka). It is giving nothing away to reveal that Stok's death is a sham, and that Palmer is expected to engineer … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Len Deighton, Evan Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 14, 2001
Paramount Home Video


as Harry Palmer

as Johnny Vulkan

as Col. Stok

as Samantha Steel

as Mrs. Ross

as Hallam

as Kreutzmann

as Aaron Levine

as Benjamin

as Brigit

as Artur
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Critic Reviews for Funeral in Berlin

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Faithful hardcore genre fans will find much to like here among the cloaks and daggers.... On the other hand, the pacing is slow and the twisty, sometimes flabby script might be frustrating for a viewer not fully engaged with such skullduggery.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006

disjointed and disappointing

September 13, 2005

Second and least successful entry in the Harry Palmer series has its moments.

December 4, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Funeral in Berlin

A fair spy thriller with a laidback, more morose Caine as Harry Palmer, in an even bleaker plot than the first one, It has some interesting twists. but the tension is not consistent, Director Guy Hamilton can't quite reproduce Sidney J. Furie's style, the one thing that made the first film so appealing.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


This second in Michael Caine's series of three "Harry Palmer" films is very good spy movie. Caine can do no wrong; his brittle performance and the authentic footage of the Berlin Wall add considerably to the film's bleak tone.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Just a solid-ass spy movie with a great setting. I love Caine and his no-nonsense no-gadgets no-violence bad-assery. The pacing is a little dated but it never feels boring.

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