September 14, 2010
- Runtime: 104 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
When an out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, played by Joseph Cotten, arrives in a post war Vienna, he finds it divided into sectors by the victorious allies. He soon discovers that a shortage of supplies has lead to a flourishing black market. He has come at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, played by Orson Welles, 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. Known for it's eerie and romantic score which artfully employs a zither, this totally irresistible romantic thriller is full of cynical characters but not without humor. Confirmed Carol Reed as one of the best film directors in the world.
Graham Greene's famous novel becomes a movie classic as Cotten seeks to unravel the mystery of a friend's death in post World War II Vienna. The music score employing zither music is one of the greatest. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Director. Academy Awards: Best (Black-and-White) Cinematography.
Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Home Vision Cinema VHS version is the Uncut British Version from the Criterion Collection Video Master. The print is from the Janus Collection.
Additional cast: Erich Ponto (Doctor Winkel), Siegfried Breuer (Popescu), Paul Hoerbiger (Porter), Annie Rosar (Porter's Wife), Hedwig Bleibtreu (Anna's Landlady), Herbert Halbik (Hansl), and Paul Hardtmuth (Hall Porter at Sacher's).
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Censors.