Funeral in Berlin

Funeral in Berlin

DVD - 2013? | Widescreen edition.
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Harry Palmer, ex-army corporals, who unwillingly serves as a spy for Her Majesty rather than serve a long stint behind bars. Palmer is sent to Berlin, where he is to extricate a Russian general who wants to defect. He arranges for an escape plan, which includes a fake funeral, but unfortunately, the wrong body is transported out of Russia. Palmer keeps his cool and there's plenty of scenery as he wanders about Berlin and in and out of the arms of some intriguing women.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, [2013?]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD FUN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, rda
digital, optical, mono, Dolby Digital, rda

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jimg2000
Jul 06, 2017

That was a recording of Mozart's Concerto in A Major played by Viktor Bajevski, the East German virtuoso who yesterday escaped over the Berlin Wall.
-Escape? They probably paid him to leave.
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How can you work for that dreadful man?
-Loyalty.
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I like weeds.
-Yes, they're easy to grow.
Not at all. You have to keep the flowers out, defend the strong against the weak. A garden should be like a country lane, a place you can walk in. Not with flower beds laid out like a cemetery.
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How did you beat the rap?
-I didn't. It was either jail or work for Ross. He thought a crook like me
would be wasted inside.
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Do you play chess?
- Yes. But I prefer a game with more chance of cheating.
I like you, English. You're not as stupid as you look.

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jimg2000
Jul 06, 2017

For you it is a propaganda victory. My name is worth a headline!
-We get plenty of Russians. It's a pity you're not Chinese.
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Why don't you go to the Americans? They have more money.
-Who wants to live in America? They are just Russians in pressed trousers!
Revolutionaries gone decadent!
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I've read your T105. Entertaining, but slightly pornographic. The fact you pick up a girl doesn't make her a spy.
-It was she who picked me up, sir.
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I don't care much for Berlin, sir. You're liable to get shot.
-That's what you're paid for, isn't it?
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Dead Nazis keep re-emerging!
-I see, it's the old eye for an eye bit.
No. There's a lot of cash in Switzerland that they stole from the Jews. Israel is morally and legally entitled to that money.

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jimg2000
Jul 06, 2017

You can go to East Berlin?
-It's only forbidden to West Berliners. I'm not a Berliner. I'm a West German.
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If there is a mistake, the Grepos will be shooting at me.
-That'll be nice. You'll find out what it's like to be an East German.
You are insolent!
-Do you think this job, this loathsome wall, is all I've done for Communism? Does Smolensk mean anything to you, or Stalingrad?
I look at your stupid face and I think you mean what you say.
-I like you. You're good at your job. You need only one thing.
What's that?
-A reason for doing it.
I get paid.
-30 a week? Is it worth it? To be a tool of the generals? A tool for making trouble? Trouble makes arms, arms make money...
When you get to England, we'll give you a soapbox.

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jimg2000
Jul 06, 2017

I was with Antonov-Ovseenko at the storming of the Winter Palace in 1917. You know what that means in Russia?
-Yes, I think so.
It means you're an expendable hero.
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Do you mean Her Majesty's Government employs ex-Nazis, sir?
-And thieves, Palmer.
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Get rid of him.
-Pardon?
Kill him.
-I'm not killing anybody in cold blood.
Then provoke him, if that's going to satisfy your scruples. Alright, Palmer, you've had your orders. Get on with it.
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I'm not a judge at a war crimes trial.
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That loan you wanted to buy a car, how much was it?
-800. Why?
Well, I think you've earned it.
-No, thank you, sir. I'll walk.

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jimg2000
Jul 06, 2017

Sequel to "The Ipcress File 1965" which I watched several times over the years. (Prequel to "Billion Dollar Brain 1967.") Saw this on the library shelf and Oh boy, what a gem. Started off with a daring aerial escape of an East German virtuoso over the Berlin Wall before introducing the reluctant British Spy Palmer, a Cockney created by Len Deighton, inside an apartment staring and saying to a woman with bare legs: "You're useless in the kitchen. Why don't you go back to bed?" Such an endearing character in a thrilling cold war espionage story against the back drop of the historic sights of East and West Berlin in the 1960s.

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