Not Rated | | 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.
The film was released in America by Criterion on the Blu-Ray disc format, but was almost immediately discontinued due to Criterion losing the rights to the movie, which then went back to Studio Canal, the previous owners. As such, the Blu-Ray release from Criterion has quickly become a collector's item.
I never knew the old Vienna before the war with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm. Constantinople suited me better.
Opening narrator: I really got to know it in the classic period of the black market. We'd run anything if people wanted it enough and had ...
The dog and the book briefly change between Kurtz' two hands when he is being shown where Lime was hit by a truck.
Opening credits prologue: V I E N N A
The film was dubbed in German for the first time in 1949 with Wolfgang Lukschy for Joseph Cotten and Friedrich Joloff for Orson Welles. Additionally, all German speaking actors dubbed themselves. In 1963 the film was redubbed (presumably for legal reasons) by Atlas Film (with Horst Niendorf for Cotten and Werner Peters for Welles). This version also replaces the opening credits.
English, German, Russian
$13,576 (USA) (9 May 1999)
$449,191 (USA) (22 November 2015)
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