An American writer of pulp westerns (Cotten) arrives in post-war Vienna to take a job with an old friend, but discovers he has been murdered. Or has he? Based on Graham Greene's mystery, this classic film noir thriller plays on national loyalties during the Cold War. Welles is top-notch as the manipulative Harry Lime, blackmarket drugdealer extraordinare. The underground sewer sequence is not to be missed. With a haunting (sometimes irritating) theme by Anton Karas on unaccompanied zither. Special edition features trailer.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 104 minutes.
Originally from British.
Oscars 1950: B&W Cinematog.; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1949: Film; Cannes 1949: Film; Directors Guild 1949: Director (Reed).
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