Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Orson Welles worked one week on this film.
Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don't. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs - it's the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.
Martins: You used to believe in...
When Anna is taken into custody in Lime's apartment, she is sleeping with the large bedroom windows wide open, even though the scene is set in the middle of winter. The police that come to arrest her are all wearing heavy winter coats, indicating very cold weather.
Opening credits prologue: V I E N N A
English, German, Russian
$13,576 (USA) (7 May 1999)
$449,191 (USA) (20 November 2015)
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