The Third Man (1949)



Critic Consensus: This atmospheric thriller is one of the undisputed masterpieces of cinema, and boasts iconic performances from Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Graham Greene (I), Graham Greene (II)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2015
Box Office: $0.4M
Rialto Pictures - Official Site


Joseph Cotten

as Holly Martins
Alida Valli

as Anna Schmidt
Orson Welles

as Harry Lime
Trevor Howard

as Maj. Calloway
Ernst Deutsch

as Baron Kurtz
Erich Ponto

as Dr. Winkle
Bernard Lee

as Sgt. Paine
Geoffrey Keen

as British Policeman
Paul Hardtmuth

as Hall porter
Hedwig Bleibtreu

as Anna's "Old Woman"
Nelly Arno

as Kurtz's Mother
Annie Rosar

as Porter's wife
Jenny Werner

as Winkel's Maid
Leo Bieber

as Barman at Casanova
Frederick Schreicher

as Hansel's Father
Eric Pohlmann

as Waiter at Smolka's
Thomas Gallagher

as Taxi Driver
Walter Hertner

as Barman at Sacher's
Martin Miller

as Headwaiter
Holga Walrow

as Josefstadt Theatre A...
Harry Belcher

as Man Chasing Holly
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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (19)

Krasker's camera reveals a dank, matte, defeated city - so dully vivid as to be a character unto itself - except that this Vienna becomes something altogether different seen at night or underground.

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Boston Globe
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Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene let the story unfold slowly and deliberately, like the cigarette smoke that floats around the characters, and keep us guessing at every step.

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Seattle Times
Top Critic

Like many, I have loved this thriller of conscience and betrayal most of my moviegoing life.

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Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

"The Third Man" is important not just because of its technique but because of its theme ...

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Top Critic

A lot funnier than you remember it, Carol Reed's immortal 1949 film noir seems to exist in the space between two worlds: an earlier time when thrillers were mostly serious affairs, and a future one, when such supremely witty entertainments felt pass?.

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Time Out
Top Critic

The Third Man is a movie of sobering pleasures.

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Village Voice
Top Critic

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