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The Third Man (1949)

  NR

Carol Reed

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Plot Summary

In 1949, an American writer of westerns, Holly Martins, arrives in post-war Vienna to visit his old friend Harry Lime. On arrival, he learns that his friend has been killed in a street accident, and when he meets Calloway, chief of the British Military Police in Vienna, he is informed that Lime was in fact a black marketer wanted by the police. He decides to prove Harry's innocence, but is Harry really dead?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 60
  • Fresh: 60
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Top credit must go to Mr. Reed for molding all possible elements into a thriller of superconsequence. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: a full-blooded, absorbing story – Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It seemed like the creation of a sensibility terribly old and wise, and most of all very European; it was the very essence of world-weary sophistication. – Laura Miller, Salon.com, Mar 7, 2001

Fresh: However hoked-up and self-regarding, The Third Man ... remains an indelible experience. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

More Orson Welles, please...

The Third Man is, simply, one of those classics which transcends the time in which it was filmed. It is as noir and suspenseful today as it was when released. The mood, the zither soundtrack, the surprising plot twist, and the sheer presence of Welles (and the great Jo Cotton) are irresistbly compelling. Please iTunes, make it your 2010 New Year's Resolution to offer the rest of Orson Welles' catalog through the store!

The next best thing to Citizen Kane

Well hopefully itunes you will get Citizen Kane on your store soon but this is a great addition it has a nice story and the ending has a great plot twist the movie is filled with suspense and you will be on the edge of your seat until the final moments now itunes there is one thing yo need to do to this movie there is a small editing goof i think in the first scene where it jumps mid word

A spectacular B&W classic that every film buff MUST SEE

Thanks, iTunes, for making this astoundingly great classic available -- especially on the 99 cent Rental section. Superb acting, remarkable cinematography, superb script -- the chemistry of the cast is amazing. Orson Welles chews up the screen every time he appears. The chase scene in the sewers set the standard for decades to come.

Assuming you're someone who considers yourself a film aficionado, you have to rent/buy this movie immediately. Truly superb cinematic storytelling at its finest.

The Third Man (1949)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1949

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