About

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

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Directed by

Carol Reed

Written by

Graham Greene (Screenplay)

Runtime

105 minutes

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Tagline

Hunted by men ... Sought by WOMEN!

Cast

Keywords

british army investigation staged death vienna cemetery film noir post world war ii missing person black market cover-up grave austria foot chase sewer soviet troops ferris wheel evasion prater penicillin forged passport

Photos

Lists

#130 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#46 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#21 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Robert Krasker

Oscar nomination for Best Director Carol Reed

Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing Oswald Hafenrichter