The Third Man

Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

As powerful and original now as it was in 1949.

NR 1950 93 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

CSM review got it right.

The CSM review got it right. To understand this movie teens will have to understand "black markets" and a little bit about post WW II history of dividing parts of Europe into zones controlled by the Allies and what it might mean to be repatriated to Eastern Europe.

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age 12+

A good movie, a good story, but quite a heavy theme.

It is a cynical, gripping, but also very provocating thriller. It shows the depressingly crestfallen Vienna in the post-war world. Black Market, Disease and Substance Abuse are common themes. Apart from being an effective cultural and social commentary, it also questions the "All-American Hero" cliche, which many (mostly American movies) have picked up until today. The protagonist is a drunken, unlucky author of cheap novelettes, who acts very naive at times. The antagonist is a cunning, cold opportunist, who knows how to manipulate the characters. The policeman is an evenly calculative englishman, who may as well be seen as the secondary hero of the story. It has a great historical value, as most sceneries are authentic, because it was made in 1949. And don't forget the typical British humour. Intelligent plot, interesting characters, and creative components make this movie a highlight among, even Noire-films.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages

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