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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.
A masterwork of outstanding direction, terrific screenplay & brilliant performances, a highly fascinating but equally unsettling illustration of poverty, desperation, greed & its corrupting power, and still retaining all its potency despite being nearly 70 years old, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is one of American cinema's finest works that not only ranks amongst the best films of the 1940s but is one of the greatest movies ever made.
Based on the novel of the same name, the story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is set in Mexico during the 1920s and follows two down-on-their-luck Americans who meet an old prospector and convince him to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Reluctant at first, the…
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…
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.
Gee, look! Zack posted yet another five-starred review. Doesn't this guy have any other defining characteristics apart from blind worship and glowing admiration?
Deal with it.
Oh Lordy, how I love this movie. If you thought some of my other reviews were shameless in praise and hyperbole, you ain't seen nothin' yet!
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is the Jesus Christ of films.
...? What?! That's impossible! I've already made that ridiculous claim about another movie? Oh, well. This gives me a chance to come up with something more subtle and maybe a little less arrogant instead.
Here goes: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is more important to me than your life. I'd rather watch you die…
Third time seeing this and I still can't believe Humphrey Bogart wasn't nominated for an Oscar for this. I'm a big fan of Bogey and I think this is his best performance. The film won three Oscars too, so it's not like the Academy didn't like the film. Walter Huston and Tim Holt are great as well, the cinematography is beautiful, the score is good, and the film is a wonderful exploration of greed. Classic stuff right here. My favorite film directed by John Huston. 9/10
It's fun going back and seeing the movies that The Simpsons have parodied. This one is 'Three Men and a Comic Book.'
Very cool movie
"Conscience. What a thing."
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
-first time ive seen Humphrey Bogart in a movie, and i have to say his acting was very good, and same with the other guys
-this is a film about greed and corruption, and it showed it very well
-cinematography was pretty good
-it had some good humor
-but the overall mood was very tense and ominous?, and it worked perfectly for this kind of a story
-PTA made his crew watch this everyday while filming there will be blood- i could see why
-its dated a little more than The Third Man, which came out the following year
-i dont really get the ending, why they were laughing, but i didnt mind it
Expected a riff on Western standards, ended up with a paranoid thriller. Kind of brilliant.
"The Treasure of Sierra Madre" is a fantastic film with fantastic directing by John Huston (who gets three fantastic performances from Tim Holt, Humphrey Bogart and his very own father Walter Huston).
The screenplay (also by John Huston) packs a punch. It's got drama, it's got action ( at least a little bit), it's got a easy to follow progressive story and a message about how greed (in the form of gold) does you wrong in the end. The best thing about the screenplay is that it draws three meaningful characters and develops them whole heartedly by the film's conclusion.
Director John Huston takes his screenplay and juicy dialogue and uses it as a tool to direct a capable trio…
By Huston, a classic '48 neo-Western. Far more spirited & well-felt than MALTESE FALCON. Bogart and Huston's dad Walter, in a hotly ethnic Mexico, a grim noir… "a stomach for loneliness"… a fistfight, shooting, fool's gold fakeout, hiking, etc. 'trustworthy vs. honest' and deep paranoia, jealousy. Dim/sweaty. Treachery-cum-bandit adventure. Really snazzy. "I don't have to show you any stinking badges!" And then another pitiful shooting.
Spanish seems like the only language that could ever survive not being translated in American cinema, what with Mexico being so close and all. Cowboy melodrama till the very end TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE is, including even the small sacred moment toward the conclusion. God, baby. Rich WONDERFUL LIFE-esque story overall, y'know? It happened. It was pretty good. Hey. Then, cut again with some Poe-like monologuing. Hey. What? Hey. A Mexican babe to light your cigarettes for you; wowee zowee. An end unhappy just for villains, you know? The best.
I hate that I didn't love this, but I just didn't. This was like 45 minutes longer than it needed to be and Humphrey Bogart's character arc was more like an immediate jump into insanity instead of a slow descent into madness. Either way, this wasn't my favorite. I want to say I'll give it another try but I honestly probably won't.
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