The Third Man Poster

Release Date: February 2nd, 1950

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 1999

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary
Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, "The Third Man" stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find him dead. 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 Maj. Calloway (Trevor Howard) and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna (Alida Valli).

Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, Paul Hoerbiger, Ernst Deutsch, Erich Ponto, Siegfried Breuer

Director: Carol Reed

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

Production Co: London Film Production [gb], British Lion Film Corporation [gb]

Distributors: Vintage Video, British Lion Films Ltd., Selznick International Pictures, Warner Home Vídeo, Continental Home Vídeo [br], Spiegel Media GmbH

Keywords: Love interest, Pursuit, Murder, Mystery, Hospital, Dark, Investigation, Suspenseful, Love triangle, Friend, 1940s


Winner British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1950)
Nominated Film From Any Source
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1950)
Winner Cinematography (Black-and-White)
Winner Grand Prize of the Festival
Cannes Film Festival (1949)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Film Editing