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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…
"You know, the worst ain't so bad when it finally happens. Not half as bad as you figure it'll be before it's happened."
We're all laboring away on our own mountains, hoping to turn that labor into real value, but without some sense of internal personal gain it's as intangible as gold dust in a sandstorm.
What I like most about The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is also what has me most conflicted about it. It tries its best to imbue the film with a subtext of class conflict. Humphrey Bogart's protagonist is a man down on his luck and wandering aimlessly around Mexico, begging for money he immediately loses to gambling and lottery tickets.
Even the act of…
In 1925, two American drifters (Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt) team up with an elderly prospector (Walter Huston) to search for gold in the mountains of northwest Mexico; greed and envy soon rear their ugly heads. A magnificent revisit to an all-time favorite; a stunning film that works as both a white-knuckle adventure and as a profound study of man's penchant for good and evil; marvelously written and directed by John Huston (from the novel by B. Traven), who won Oscars for both achievements, and impeccably acted by a top-notch cast, with particularly fine performances from Bogart and Walter Huston, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar
A nice tale about morality
A decent tale about morality
This is a great Western. It was a fun watch and felt like a psychological study of sorts. Walter Huston is phenomenal and Alfonso Bedoya is iconic.
A tale of avarice and greed and how it weighs a man down. When is enough enough? Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) isn't a particularly good man to begin with so his descent into a greedy, paranoid murderer is completely believable. Bogart plays the role with gusto.
"Conscience. What a thing! If you believe you got a conscience, it'll pester you to death. But if you don't believe you got one, what could it do to ya?"
I love the oft mis-remembered lines --
"We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges."
Do we remember it wrongly because of its use in Blazing Saddles many years later?
It seems to me that going camping with Bogie isn't very fun.
Been on my list for a longtime. When I saw it on TCM on demand, I had to watch it.
Fantastic. Bogart is always great of course. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this strictly western-noir set in Mexico. I thought it would probably me a more straightforward film, but there is a lot at work here. Great film.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948) 10/10
Huston's best film is a cynical, savage parable about greed as three prospectors join hands and go up into the mountains of Mexico in search of gold. The men are archtypes - Bogart (in an incredible performance) is the paranoid nasty one, Tim Holt the level-headed innocent and Walter Huston (in an Oscar winning performance) the wise old man who's seen it all. Superbly photographed on location by Ted McCord. Huston won two richly deserved Oscars - for his direction and for the perceptive screenplay. He also appears in an amusing cameo which Bogart directed. One of Hollywood's great classic films and a must-see.
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