Holly Martins, a writer of fictional pulp novels, arrives in Vienna in 1947, in the midst of the post-war period, with the Austrian capital divided into different sectors occupied by the victorious allied troops in World War II, and where there are still food supply problems, which has caused a huge black market to flourish. The reason for his trip was the possibility of accepting a job offered by a childhood friend, Harry Lime. However, when he arrives they tell him that his friend has died in a peculiar traffic accident. After talking to various friends and associates of the victim, Holly begins to find inconsistencies in the different versions of what happened and suspects that his friend could be involved in the black market plot. Holly decides to investigate...
Oscars - Best Cinematography (BN)
Oscars - Nominated for Best Director and Best Editing
BAFTA - winner
Cannes Film Festival - winner
DGA - best direction nomination