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 wrote his own dialogue and the fingers coming through the grill was his idea but with Welles not being in Vienna at the time the fingers were Carol Reeds.
Oh, please. For heaven's sake, stop making him in your image. Harry was real. He wasn't just your friend and my lover. He was Harry.
Martins incorrectly calls Dr. Winkel "Winkel" instead of the correct "Vinkel", even though he has only heard the name (pronounced "Vinkel") and not seen it written at all.
Opening credits prologue: V I E N N A
The UK version features introductory voice-over by the director Carol Reed; in the US version Joseph Cotten provides the voice-over, as his character Holly Martins. The UK version runs 104 minutes, versus the US version at 93 minutes, which was cut by producer David O. Selznick to give the film a tighter pace. Both versions have been released on video in the U.S., but as of today the most common is the longer British cut. A video comparison between the narrations appears on the U.S. Criterion Collection DVD.
English, German, Russian
$13,576 9 May 1999