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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…
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…
Bogey can play the biggest asshole in the world and I still love him.
Any poor soul who thinks Bogie has no range must see this film immediately.
What I Learned:
Don't be friends with an annoying, angry, violent paranoid asshole
Prospector Dance: ★★★★★
One of the reasons I love The Simpsons so much is the amount of pop culture references that I don't recognize until years later. As soon as Dobbs, Howard, and Curtin begin showing distrust to each other the influence for the episode "Three Men and a Comic Book" became pretty clear.
Bogart, Huston, and Holt are all incredible together. Even though Huston walked away with the Oscar it's Holt's performance that I enjoyed the most.
I guess it was a pretty big deal at the time that this was actually filmed on location, and it seems like it was a good choice. The film has aged incredibly well and remains beautiful and adventurous looking.
Outstanding, legendary drama about a rough group of down and outers who head into the Mexican mountains in search of gold... Only to turn on each other once its found. A classic 1940s Warner Brothers film - these have a very specific sense of humour, style and acting i really like. John Houston directs, Bogart stars. Brilliantly told, this will always be entertaining, it's cinema at it's most pure and enthralling.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When it comes to all time classic movies, you have the ones everyone knows about. Even if you’ve never seen Citizen Cane, or The Wizard of Oz, or Gone With the Wind. Even if you have no intention of ever seeing them, you know they exist and probably know one or two things about the cast, or plot, or have some inkling about why it’s a classic. Then, just below that surface, are the classics that movie nerds and snobs seem to love.
I’d never heard of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre until a few years ago when I watched it for a uni assignment. But ever since then, I see the title pop constantly in best of lists,…
FUN FACT: I just watched this on MySpace.com
I find that fact incredible. It was also the first time I've ever been on Myspace!
A grim and respectable film that caught me by surprise. I really didn't expect this movie to be like it was. It was different than how I expected.
Afterwards, I found out some cool stuff about the movie (boxd.it/skkV), so it's one that you can probably appreciate more than like. It was awesome seeing the authentic deterioration of Bogart. He did look like a completely different person throughout the movie.
In terms of events, the film switches between optimism and bleakness. Sometimes people literally struck gold, other times, people died. It was really good for that kind of thing. The ending especially. I liked how it was wrapped up. I nearly gave it 4 stars but it just meandered too much in the middle. Great start, great plot initiation, slow middle, great ending.
An exciting blend of story and characters that I couldn't look away from. Definitely worth rewatching in the future.
In which Humphrey Bogart slowly becomes Gollum.
Best of the best. Bogie and Huston chew it up.
>There Will Be Blood.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!