Orson Welles stars as Harry Lime, and Joseph Cotten plays his childhood friend, Holly Martins, in this all-time classic thriller scripted by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed. Martins searches for Lime through the seedy underworld of postwar Vienna and gets caught up in a web of love, deception, racketeering, and murder. The Third Man's stunning cinematography, twisting plot, and unforgettable zither score are immortalized in Criterion's pristine special edition, following the 50th Anniversary theatrical re-release.
The fractured Europe post-World War II is perfectly captured in Carol Reed's masterpiece thriller, set in a Vienna still shell-shocked from battle. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an alcoholic pulp writer come to visit his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). But when Cotton first arrives in Vienna, Lime's funeral is under way. From Lime's girlfriend and an occupying British officer, Martins learns of allegations of Lime's involvement in racketeering, which Martins vows to clear from his friend's reputation. As he is drawn deeper into postwar intrigue, Martins finds layer under layer of deception, which he desperately tries to sort out. Welles's long-delayed entrance in the film has become one of the hallmarks of modern cinematography, and it is just one of dozens of cockeyed camera angles that seem to mirror the off-kilter postwar society. Cotten and Welles give career-making performances, and the Anton Karas zither theme will haunt you. --Anne HurleySee all Product Description
I'm unable to submit a review because I ordered The Third Man in Blu-ray and have discovered that I can't play Blue-ray on my DVD player. I plan to donate it to the public library.Published 5 months ago by pecarol
I can't play this DVD on my DVD player. It seems to me you should have made this clear when I bought it.
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This DVD will not play on my machine. Why sell something that isn't made for Canada.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my new favourite movies. A great mystery movie with a wonderful performance by the severely underrated Joseph Cotten.Published 8 months ago by Sara
I bought this for a friend who asked for it and then he didn't want it. I remember it well, haven't watched it againPublished 11 months ago by Bettyjane Wylie
This film edition is lovingly released with other background material of interest to any 'The Third Man' enthusiast......all in glorious black and white.Published 21 months ago by Shelley Gilmour
Bought this used as a gift, it was in great condition, at a great price for an OOP criterion and it shipped within a week. I'm very happy!Published on June 20 2013 by Sarah
Very well done. They sent an email confirming the order, with contact info in case there was any issue. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2011 by ilikemovies
I was impressed with the writing and the cinematography most of all. The shadows and repressive overall feel as we try and find out what happened to Harry Lime is incredible. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2009 by Petronius