A famous quote from the film:
“Remember what the fellow said…
…in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed, but they produced Michaelangelo – Leonardo Da Vinci, and the Renaissance…
In Switzerland, they had brotherly love. They had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce?…The cuckoo clock.”
This is a spoiler! Skip it, if you haven’t seen the film yet!
A funny anecdote from the making of the film:
Graham Greene wanted a happy end, but the director, Carol Reed, refused to end it on an artficially happy tone. Greene later wrote: “One of the very few major disputes between Carol Reed and myself concerned the ending, and he has been proved triumphantly right.”
I couldn’t resist posting the breathtaking end: