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The Third Man (1949)

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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

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Carol Reed

Writers:

Graham Greene (by), Graham Greene (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Ernst Deutsch ... 'Baron' Kurtz
Siegfried Breuer ... Popescu
Erich Ponto ... Dr. Winkel
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Crabbin
Hedwig Bleibtreu ... Anna's Old Landlady
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Storyline

An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has led to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime's friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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HUNTED...By a thousand men! Haunted...By a lovely girl! See more »


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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

12 October 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The 3rd Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£17,856 (United Kingdom), 18 July 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,576, 9 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$449,191, 22 November 2015
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Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Creator and executive producer of Breaking Bad (2008) and Better Call Saul (2015), Vince Gilligan, has stated this is his favorite film. The film's theme is used in an episode of Better Call Saul See more »

Goofs

After Calloway has shown Martins the evidence against Lime, Calloway picks up the phone. We hear his line, "Get me police headquarters," but we don't see his lips move. See more »

Quotes

Martins: Oh, Anna, why do we always... have to quarrel?
Anna Schmidt: If you want to sell your services, I'm not willing to be the price. I loved him. You loved him. What good have we done him? Love. Look at yourself.They have a name for faces like that.
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Opening credits prologue: V I E N N A See more »

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Featured in Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Thrillers (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Managua, Nicaragua
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Music by Irving Fields
Lyrics by Albert Gamse
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The Power of Music
12 April 2018 | by MrJoe1987See all my reviews

It's amazing what music can do for a film. It can add intensity, capture emotion, or give a comical vibe. It can also annoy the (insert expletive) out of you, however, and if it is one thing that I have learned from watching The Third Man is that it can ruin a movie.

The entire musical score of this movie is a single, borderline-infuriating piece of music (heard it before; don't know what it's called) that is played consistently, and is consistently out of place. It completely ruins the suspense of virtually every scene. It would have been better if they had absolutely no score, at all. It's that bad.

This film would have been an 8/10, but the fact that music causes it to fail as a thriller means that I didn't enjoy it like I'm guessing I was intended to. I can't give it more than a 3/10.


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