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.
Visible throughout the film is the "Hotel Sacher." Famously known for being first to serve one of Vienna's and now Europe's most famous desserts; the Sachertorte.
It had meningitis. They gave it some of Lime's penicillin. Terrible pity isn't it.
In the two separate back projection shots of Calloway, Martins and Paine, supposedly traveling in a jeep at night in Vienna, a double-decker London bus can be seen in the background.
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 (USA) (9 May 1999)
$449,191 (USA) (22 November 2015)
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