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The Third Man -- American writer, Holly Martins, arrives in post-war Vienna to visit his old friend Harry Lime. On arrival, he learns that his friend has been killed in a street accident, but also that Lime was a black marketer wanted by the police.
The Third Man -- The new 4K restoration of Carol Reed's THE THIRD MAN, starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles, opens Friday June 26 at New York's Film Forum and Friday July 3 at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles! Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix, Oscar-winner for Best Cinematography, and Oscar-nominated for Best Director, THE THIRD MAN is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made! rialtopictures.com/third
The Third Man -- Arriving in Vienna, Holly Martins learns that his friend Harry Lime, who has invited him, recently died in a car accident.

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Director:
Writers:
Graham Greene (by)
Graham Greene (screen play)
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Release Date:
31 August 1949 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
Carol Reed's Classic Thriller See more »
Plot:
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The real mccoy when you want to talk serious screen legends! See more (407 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joseph Cotten ... Holly Martins

Alida Valli ... Anna Schmidt (as Valli)

Orson Welles ... Harry Lime

Trevor Howard ... Maj. Calloway

Bernard Lee ... Sgt. Paine

Paul Hörbiger ... Karl - Harry's Porter (as Paul Hoerbiger)
Ernst Deutsch ... 'Baron' Kurtz

Siegfried Breuer ... Popescu
Erich Ponto ... Dr. Winkel

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Crabbin
Hedwig Bleibtreu ... Anna's Old Landlady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nelly Arno ... Kurtz's Mother (uncredited)
Jack Arrow ... International Patrol A (uncredited)
Harold Ayer ... Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Belcher ... Man Chasing Holly (uncredited)
Leo Bieber ... Casanova Barman (uncredited)
Paul Birch ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Martin Boddey ... Russian Military Policeman (uncredited)
Madge Brindley ... Guest at Casanova Bar (uncredited)

Robert Brown ... British Military Policeman in Sewer Chase (uncredited)
Ray Browne ... International Patrol B (uncredited)
Paul Carpenter ... International Patrol D (uncredited)
Marie-Louise Charlier ... Stripper at club (uncredited)
Alexis Chesnakov ... Col. Brodsky - Russian Liaison Officer (uncredited)
Guy De Monceau ... International Patrol C (uncredited)
Reed De Rouen ... American Military Policeman at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Jack Faint ... Guest at Casanova Bar (uncredited)
Peter Fontaine ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Thomas Gallagher ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Michael Godfrey ... International Patrol C (uncredited)
Vernon Greeves ... International Patrol D (uncredited)
Herbert Halbik ... Little Hansel - Boy with Ball (uncredited)
Paul Hardtmuth ... Hartman - Hall Porter at Hotel Sacher (uncredited)
Walter Hertner ... Barman at Sacher's (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Col. O'Sullivan (uncredited)
Lily Kann ... Nurse (uncredited)
Geoffrey Keen ... British Military Policeman (uncredited)
Brookes Kyle ... International Patrol B (uncredited)
Martin Miller ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Hannah Norbert ... Actress at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)

Eric Pohlmann ... Waiter at Smolka's (uncredited)

Carol Reed ... Opening Narrator - UK Version (voice) (uncredited)

Annie Rosar ... Porter's Wife (uncredited)
Frederick Schreicker ... Hansel's Father (uncredited)
Hugo Schuster ... Waiter (uncredited)
Karel Stepanek ... Actor at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
Gordon Tanner ... International Patrol C (uncredited)
Brother Theodore ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Ernst Ulman ... Visitor at Literature Club (uncredited)
Helga Wahlrow ... Josefstadt Theatre Actress (uncredited)
Jenny Werner ... Hilde - Winkel's Maid (uncredited)

Directed by
Carol Reed 
 
Writing credits
Graham Greene (by)

Graham Greene (screen play)

Alexander Korda  story (uncredited)
Carol Reed  uncredited
Orson Welles  uncredited

Produced by
Hugh Perceval .... associate producer
Carol Reed .... producer
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
David O. Selznick .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Anton Karas (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Krasker (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Oswald Hafenrichter 
 
Set Decoration by
Dario Simoni (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
George Frost .... makeup artist
Joe Shear .... hairdresser (as J. Shear)
Peter Evans .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
T.S. Lyndon-Haynes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Hamilton .... assistant director
Jack Causey .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack N. Green .... third assistant director (uncredited)
George Pollock .... second unit director (uncredited)
Gino Wimmer .... assistant director: Austria (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joseph Bato .... sets designed with
Ferdinand Bellan .... assistant art director
John Hawkesworth .... sets designed with
Vincent Korda .... sets designed by
James Sawyer .... assistant art director
Sid Leggett .... chief floor props (uncredited)
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Jack Drake .... sound editor
Red Law .... sound recordist
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
Jack Davies .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jimmy Dooley .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
John Glen .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Dick Longstaff .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator (as Denys Coop)
Stanley Pavey .... additional photography (as Stan Pavey)
Edward Scaife .... camera operator (as E. Scaife)
John Wilcox .... additional photography
Monty Berman .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
J. Bicknell .... camera loader (uncredited)
Alan McCabe .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Geoff Meldrum .... focus puller (uncredited)
John von Kotze .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ivy Baker .... wardrobe
Gene Hornsby .... assistant wardrobe: women (uncredited)
George Murrey .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Dickie Richardson .... assistant wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Taylor .... assembly cutter
Derek Armstrong .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Ken Behrens .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Noreen Best .... cutter (uncredited)
David Eady .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Anton Karas .... music played by: Zither music
 
Other crew
Alexander Korda .... presenter
Peggy McClafferty .... continuity
Elizabeth Montagu .... advisor: Austrian
David O. Selznick .... presenter
Angela Allen .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Teresa Bolland .... production secretary (uncredited)
Robert Dunbar .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Enid Jones .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ronnie Wass .... film titles (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The 3rd Man" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
104 min | USA:93 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:6 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:G | Norway:11 | South Korea:15 (2003) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (re-release) (1994) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (2004) (2006) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #14125) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Rumors have long since been widespread that Orson Welles wrote all of Harry Lime's dialogue and even that he took over the direction of his own scenes. Everyone involved, including Welles himself, have always insisted that the film was directed by only Carol Reed. Welles did claim that he wrote most of Lime's dialogue, which is also a fabrication. The extent of Welles' contributions were Lime's grumbling about his stomach problems (which were improvisations) and the famous "cuckoo clock" spiel at the end of the ferris wheel scene.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Anna is taken into custody in Lime's apartment she is sleeping with the large bedroom windows wide open even though the scene is set in the middle of winter. The police that come to arrest her are all wearing heavy winter coats indicating very cold weather.See more »
Quotes:
Calloway:Go home Martins, like a sensible chap. You don't know what you're mixing in, get the next plane.
Martins:As soon as I get to the bottom of this, I'll get the next plane.
Calloway:Death's at the bottom of everything, Martins. Leave death to the professionals.
Martins:Mind if I use that line in my next Western?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Departed (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Third Man ThemeSee more »

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135 out of 227 people found the following review useful.
The real mccoy when you want to talk serious screen legends!, 29 March 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

What IS it makes THE THIRD MAN the classic most everyone agrees it is? (And lets face it, voted no 35 in the top all-time films gives it MORE than just some passing credibility!) Is it Orson Welles' menace? The whiff of corruption in occupied post-war Vienna? the cuckoo-clock speech atop the big wheel? even Anton Karras' zither? Perhaps ALL these things? If however, you had to nominate just a single influence within the whole production that elevates it to greatness I suggest that would be Robert Krasker's cinematography.

The finished product innovatively, was years ahead of its birthright. Time and time again the viewer is bailed up by stunning camera angles and back-lighting. The eerie shadows around the deserted streets and of course the unforgettable first glimpse of Harry Lime (Welles) himself as he skulks like the rat he is, in the corner of the building, lit in close-up suddenly from the light in an adjacent apartment. Offhand I cannot think of a character's more dramatic entrance to a film.

Welles in fact has minimal screen time, though his dark presence and influence infiltrate proceedings like an insidious disease. Yet somehow his ultimate demise in the sewers brings into play an incredible sadness and compassion that has absolutely no right being there. It remains for me one of my top five film favorites. I have always given it a "10" personally but hey, to be voted an "8.6" universally is a pretty fair vindication of my words here.

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