The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The nearer they get to their treasure, the farther they get from the law
Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.
One small step for man, one giant leap for Hollywood. A landmark turning point in the business, Madre was one of the very first to shoot almost entirely on location, resulting in an unheard of 6 months of shooting. The painstaking details have lived long, gracefully aging this story like the finest wine you've tasted. A classic that time has proven will live forever. Walter Huston's performance only turns your ideas of prospecting wild men completely upside down with spellbinding charm. The roots of Daniel Plainview seed their way back to Huston's face in this.
Nobody puts one over on Fred C. Dobbs.
Sometimes timing is everything. John Huston was trying to get this film into production as early as 1942 but all that was halted when he was activated by the U.S. Army as a documentary filmmaker. When he returned from the war, Humphrey Bogart had continued his rise in popularity that started with Huston's first film, The Maltese Falcon, and was one of Hollywood's biggest stars by this point. He now had final approval on the screenwriter and director of whatever films he would star in. Knowing what Huston had planned on making next, Bogey's decision was already made. It wasn't the first great collaboration between the two, and it wouldn't be…
Bogey can play the biggest asshole in the world and I still love him.
Ah, as long as there's no find, the noble brotherhood will last but when the piles of gold begin to grow... that's when the trouble starts.
John Huston's searing drama condemns greed with conviction, explores human nature, and embraces the beauty of humanity in spite of its flaws. Based on B. Traven's novel of the same name, it tells the story of three impecunious Americans living in Mexico in the 20s who travel to the Sierra Madre mountains to prospect gold. Humphrey Bogart as Fred C. Dobbs, Tim Holt as Bob Curtin, Walter Huston and Howard make up a trio of performances that together authentically represent the diverse natures of men in desperation. Unsurprisingly, Bogart steals the show as arrogant and unpredictable Fred Dobbs who goes from casual skepticism, to aggressive paranoia, to complete madness. This progression in unsettling and darkly mesmerizing. Holt as Curtin is…
Having had his day as an idolized star and romantic leading man, Humphrey Bogart came to a crossroads in his career and decided to get down to the serious business of acting. For eighteen years it had usually been Bogart playing Bogart in various shadings, but once "Bogey" was gone, in his place was an older and far less romantic figure, one who found new challenges and was able to meet most of them successfully. This new phase of his continued growth began with a story of three men in search of gold, and ended up being the finest performance of his career.
Although The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is indisputably one of Bogart's best films, it was co-star…
Humphrey Bogart stars as a treacherous man with his corruption born from greed.
The film is at its best when it is strongly focussed on the men’s golden desires. Watching them slowly become more primal is a highlight. The obstacles of the outsider, bandits and saving a child all provide a contrast.
The final act seems to labour and heads down a path that is slightly off point. A showdown with Bogart could have been powerful, or even if the resolution had a little more shock to it. Mixing this up in my mind with the ending of The Italian Job did make for an ending that lacked intensity.
The Reverence: An old man dancing and singing beats out a kid with water in his face and a Mexican requiring his sombrero to be executed.
Great, gritty, Indiana-Jones type movie (Bogart's character in this partially inspired Jones). Some great, crazy, over-the-top characters, shootouts, and quotes, I don't think there was anything else quite like this at the time. I like Bogart A LOT better in roles like this than in "womanizer" or detective roles. Thrills, suspense, and darkness.
Gold, gold, gold.
1948's The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre Is One Of My Favorite Films.
Wow, what a film. I think the only issue I had with it is that Humphrey Bogart's character was a little too insane for my taste at times, but otherwise this epic two hour adventure drama kept me glued to my TV from beginning to end. What impressed me so much was the tension that simply built up from John Huston's excellent dialogue. The suspense continually mounted further and further until everything came to a stellar head in the fantastic third act. Also full of rich characters, excellent performances and artful direction (this film certainly broke ground for filming on location), this is as wonderfully classic of a money corruption tale as you could ever get, and it doesn't get much better than this as well. Also, it was quite ballsy to have a huge Hollywood star play a villain in the central role at this time, and Bogart pulled it off perfectly.
Humphrey Bogart plays a villain, and does it really well. This was recommended to me by a professor of mine due to its connections to Sam Peckinpah's "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia." Fred C. Dobbs is the man "Alfredo Garcia's" Bennie would be if he had fallen just a little further, a paranoid, greedy, insane wreck of a man who sacrifices everything in the name of possessing wealth. It's one heck of a performance for one heck of a character.
Bogart playing the greedy fool is a nice change of pace, and he plays it so well. Sierra Madre is probably the best film on greed. Additionally, the film being largely shot on location really adds a great authenticity to its story. However at times I found myself not quite as engaged as I'd like to be. But the ingredients are all here for a timeless classic.
Vale que el cine ha evolucionado (no especifico cuánto), de acuerdo en que lo que hay ahora es diferente respecto a lo anterior, que no se puede comparar con el pasado puesto que los medios y la manera de hacer las cosas es diferente, pero hay con películas que, sin llegar a pensarlo realmente, nos evocan aquello de “cualquier tiempo pasado fue mejor”. Esos clásicos en blanco y negro que desprenden cierta esencia (no sabría decir cuál) de trabajo bien hecho, de nostalgia que se crea y a la vez se añora en el momento del visionado, de distanciamiento con otra época al tenerla más cerca que nunca. Una sensación de satisfacción inexplicable que solo pueden entender los que sepan…
Bogart's insane character gets really irritating with the constant repetition of his rants and paranoia but Walter Huston was deservedly awarded for his role as a veteran of success and disaster in the prospecting hills of America.