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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…
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…
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.
It's an all out romp through America from hard living on 50 cent cots to striking it rich and being the entire legislature for an Indian village--whatever that means.
ToSM is almost a sort of guideline for how to prospect for gold. It's a crying shame that these old timers already scavenged the entirety of the country. You'd be a bit of a lunatic to set out for gold here in the 21st century, but perhaps they were crazy for doing it then too. With bandits on the loose everywhere, unknown country, and fellas you can't trust with a nickel, much less a fortune.
There is something rather on point here about how people really can't trust each other when…
Great descent into madness from Bogart
"What a dirty, filthy mind you've got."
"Not dirty, baby. Only I know what kind of ideas even supposedly decent people get when gold's at stake."
Articulating the experience of watching The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a faulty endeavor, so intoxicating it is as a piece of narrative fiction that it all but eschews the need for critical analysis. Many who write about the film discuss it in similar terms. In his glowing review for The Nation, James Agee praised John Huston as, along with Charlie Chaplin, the most talented man working in American film, insisting that The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a towering achievement that rises to the level of “folk art.” What Agee gets at, and what the film’s legacy insists, is that Huston was remarkably gifted at making films that have near-universal appeal due to his gifts as a…
This is one of the best film commentaries on Depression Era America that I know. It was released in 1948 and set in 1925, so I guess we can just find the middle point and claim it's about 1936, right? ha! But really, money is imaginary and arbitrary, it turns us into immoral automatons, but still no one has enough of it and we're all just ready to kill for a pair of boots. Instead of watching The Big Short, people should watch this movie a million times.
Two broke American laborers wandering around Mexico come into some money and partner with an old prospector on a gold-hunting expedition. Harsh terrain, weather, bandits conspire to impede them. But greed turns out to be the greatest threat to the endeavor.
Unexpectedly satisfying. Treasure of the Sierra Madre takes a surprisingly complex look at the nature of greed, showing why the fortune-seekers' paranoia and back-stabbing makes sense even when it's utterly senseless.
Walter Huston is marvelous as the cheerfully grizzled old gold hunter. My impression of prospecting had been drawn primarily from that puppet in the old Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer stop-motion special that played every Christmas, but Huston's character dispensed a lot of actually useful knowledge. Totally plausible…
I love watching the classics on the big screen. Walter Huston's performance is fantastic and the story is timeless. There are three scenes where Huston's character watches his companion's discussion in total silence. I love those scenes. Thanks to "Fanthom Events" for a great showing. I never met anyone who did not enjoy this film.
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I first heard of this film through an interview with Paul Thomas Anderson discussing the production of There Will Be Blood. I could be remembering incorrectly, but I believe he said that everyday after shooting he would go home and put on The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, often times falling asleep to it. His praise for the movie was rightly monumental: in everything from blocking, script, characterization, and especially in narrative, the film is brilliant. Every shifting of the plot is feasibly woven in with unrushed precision, and good ol’ Fred Dobbs’ greed-tainted immersion into madness is definitely my favorite role of Bogart.
This was my first time seeing it on the big screen, and it really made a…
Saw this in theaters for the classic movie showcase that century does weekly. I've never heard of it before but I quite enjoyed it. Good pacing, however it could of chopped out a couple of minutes. I will never for the life of me be able remember the title.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!