The Third Man

  • CERT PG
  • 1949
  • 1 HR 33 MINS
  • 3 RATINGS
The Third Man

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In this Cold War spy classic, Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a third-rate American pulp novelist, arrives in postwar Vienna, where he has been promised a job by his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Upon his arrival, Martins discovers that Lime has been killed in a traffic accident, and that his funeral is taking place immediately. At the graveside, Martins meets outwardly affable Major Calloway (Trevor Howard) and actress Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli), who is weeping copiously. When Calloway tells Martins that the late Harry Lime was a thief and murderer, the loyal Martins is at first outraged. Gradually, he discovers not only that Calloway was right but also that the man lying in the coffin in the film's early scenes was not Harry Lime at all, and that Lime is still very much alive (he was the mysterious "third man" at the scene of the fatal accident).

CAST AND CREW

Carol Reed Joseph Cotten Orson Welles

GENRE

Thriller

CERTIFICATE

General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.

RUN TIME

1 hour 33 minutes

RELEASED

1949

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