The Third Man Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 179

Average Rating: 3.2/4

# of Ratings: 247

Theatrical Release Date: 09/03/1949

Language: English

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Carol Reed

Actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, Ernst Deutsch

Plot: Supposedly, Harry Lime has died in a car accident. Previously he had invited one of his closest friends to join him. His friend now must find out if the story is true and the mystery behind it.

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/30/2019

Astounding and unpredictable, "The Third Man" remains an influential bit of noir and espionage.

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Unknown - wrote on 02/23/2014

The mystery unfolds in a natural, subdued suspenseful manner. The main twist past the middle of the story is sort-of given away by the fact that Orsen Welles is the top billed actor. However, that doesn't ruin the outcome or the film's overall effect. This is a tightly wound thriller that entertains from beginning to end. Welles gives one of his most dark and memorable performances.

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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/31/2012

Writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a friend of Harry Lime (Orson Welles), sees Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli) to get some information about Lime’s death. Major Calloway (Trevor Howard) searches for evidences of the murder and questions Anna. Holly meets Harry in a secluded Ferris Wheel. The score was repetitive which makes you feel sleepy and the simple plot was not as engaging. Its conclusion was the best part of the film. The Third Man is a watchable mystery not even close to the brilliance of Citizen Kane.

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Wien - wrote on 03/10/2016

Gibt es einen Film, in dem die Musik perfekter eingesetzt wurde als in Carol Reeds Film Noir? Der Soundtrack von Anton Karas beginnt übermütig und fröhlich, doch dann setzen bösartige Untertöne ein... The Third Man beginnt mit einem Prolog: "I never knew the old Vienna, before the war. . ." Die zerstörte Stadt Wien nach dem Krieg war aufgeteilt in eine amerikanische, britische, französische und russische Zone und jede oblag einer eigenen Verwaltung. In diesen Sündenpfuhl voller Intrigen gerät ein unbescholtener amerikanischer Bürger: Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton), ein Roman-Autor. Holly wurde von seinem Freund Harry Lime eingeladen. Lime aber stirbt, kurz bevor Holly in Wien eintrifft. Wie starb Lime? Das ist die Frage, die den gesamten Plot antreibt. Der britische Offizier …

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Carol Reed and Orson Welles are pure genius

Matthew Brady - wrote on 07/30/2015

Harry Lime: "Don't be so gloomy. After all it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly".

The Third Man is about Harry Lime who has died in a car accident. Previously he had invited one of his closest friends to join him. His friend now must find out if the story is true and the mystery behind it.

The Third Man or best known has Orson Welles second best movie with Citizen Kane still at number 1. This time Carol Reed takes the directing chair and not Orson Welles but I got to be honest …

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Yojimbo - wrote on 03/04/2012

A down on his luck pulp novelist arrives in post war Vienna on the promise of a job from an old friend, only to find he has been killed in a car accident. Convinced of a conspiracy, he investigates. Graham Greene's adaptation of his own novel has a hell of a lot to commend it; an intriguing mystery set in beautiful locations, with some gorgeous cinematography and full of wonderfully framed shots by director Carol Reed. Cotten makes an interesting departure from the usual Noir protagonist, both a fish out of water AND out of his depth. Trevor Howard is also great as the officious British investigator and Alida Valli is a beautiful, vulnerable yet complex love interest. It has only one flaw for me, but it's a near fatal one. The soundtrack is so intrusive and inappropriate it almost wrecks …

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