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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 »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(498 articles)
User Reviews:
Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don't. Why should we? See more (424 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 Schrecker ... 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
George Durant .... production buyer (uncredited)
Sid Leggett .... chief floor props (uncredited)
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bobby Murrell .... floor props (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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Harry Lime's sewer scenes were shot in two locations--at a studio in the UK and on location underground in the Vienna sewer system. In the Vienna sewer location scenes you can see Harry's breath (it was cold down there); in the sewer scenes shot in the UK studio you can't.See more »
Quotes:
Porter:He is now
[points up]
Porter:in hell, or
[points down]
Porter:in heaven.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Going Down in Morocco (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Third Man ThemeSee more »

FAQ

How true is Lime's famous quote?
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Who was the third man?
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20 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don't. Why should we?, 2 August 2012
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Third Man is directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene. It stars Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Orson Welles. Music is by Anton Karas and cinematography by Robert Krasker.

When writer Holly Martins (Cotton) travels to Vienna to hook up with his childhood friend Harry Lime (Welles), he is distressed to find that Harry has been killed in a road accident. After attending the funeral, Holly comes to believe that Harry's death was no accident and begins to try and clear his friend's name. But nothing is as it first seems.....

It's well over 60 years since it was released and Carol Reed's film noir thriller continues to feel fresh and hold up under the closest of critical scrutiny. A haunting tale as it is anyway, the black market racketeers and penicillin tampering bastards leaving an unsavoury taste in the mouth, but the film is still further boosted by the director's ability to craft unnerving atmosphere by way of style and clinically paced passages of play. Performances are superlative across the board, with the film producing equal amounts of iconography and mischievous myth-making. It stuns with the narrative structure unfolding amongst a post war ravaged Vienna that dovetails with the fractured nature of the human characters.

A maze of moist cobbled streets host chases involving man and long shadows, there's a fairground scene that is now steeped in folklore, which in turn is a witness to the banality of evil, and of course those cavernous sewers, home to such sullen tones. Reed brings the canted angles, with moral decay the order of the day and a side order of confusion to finally fill your noir hungry bellies. Krasker deals in expressionistic chiaroscuro as Karas plucks away at his Zither to land in your ears for eternity. A murder mystery, a pained romance and a suspense laden film noir, The Third Man is enduring in its qualities. Cuckoo clock and cat, shadowed doorway and the lone sombre walk of a female, it's still today entertaining the film purist masses and still being pored over by film makers home and abroad. The Third Man, it's a masterpiece by jove. 10/10

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