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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.
The longer Bogart stays on screen the darker his face becomes, the whites of his eyes and the pearls of his teeth the last trace of his dwindling humanity, fighting back the growing mistrust. His journey through the film shows a man who has waited a long time in life for this chance and he intends to make the most of it. Whatever the cost.
That sentiment becomes an overbearing presence in his mind, be it the foreman who tries to cheat him out of money, the wild bandits roaming the hills or the creeping paranoia that wedges itself between Hobb's and his co-workers. The more the trio of men scour the land, the more disturbed and insecure he becomes.…
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.
"I know what gold does to men's souls"
A classic in every aspect, John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a revolutionary piece of filmmaking of the highest class. Entertaining in every sense and near perfect, from the in-depth story to the enthralling music, John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is truly one of the most atmospherically effective films ever created, due to Bogart's terrific and terror inspiring performance and the visually stunning cinematography.
Huston's frequent collaborator, Humphrey Bogart has quite possibly delivered his all time greatest performance with this film, being both sympathetic and terrifying. Bogart's flawless expression of his character's downfall into greed and insanity is one of cinema's peaks, reaching complete…
Greed will imprison us all.
This quote is astonishingly portrayed in this movie directed by John Huston,all the three characters played by Humphrey Bogart,Walter Huston and Tim Holt are well depicted especially Humphrey Bogart dark transformation from an good old american in mexico to a greedy man.
The climax "oh,what an ending it was" months of hard work washing away like dust in wind literally.
Its pure Best Picture Quality keeps you glued to the screen that is if you are Movie Buff like me and many others on this site.
John Huston and Humphrey Bogart, very dark story. Simply loved acting of Humphrey Bogart. It deserve the greatest praise from us for the brilliant story and direction from John Huston.
Way too slow and no payoff. super underwhelming.
Walter Huston is so real. I think he's playing my neighbor in this movie.
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Breaking Bogart. Dust in the Wind.
There are those films that as the credits roll you go "wow" ! And there are those that hit you with the true extent of their greatness a day or two later, this for me was the second type. I suspect this will become one I will enjoy revisiting. Much of that has to do with the magnificence of Walter Huston's character.
Huston creates such an otherworldly experience that despite it clearly aiming to be a realist work, it is markedly more magical in it is realism. Also Walter Huston is a delight.
John Huston carefully examines the deterioration of humanity in this gripping masterpiece supported by great cast.
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