| 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.
This film tops the "BFI 100", a list of 100 of "the best British films ever" compiled by the British Film Institute (in 1999/2000). Paradoxically, it is also included (at #57) on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American films" list compiled in... ...
When he was 14, he taught me the three-card trick. That's growing up fast.
Anna Schmidt: He never grew up. The world grew up around him, that's all.
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) (9 May 1999)
$449,191 (USA) (22 November 2015)
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