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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…
I wonder if Humphrey Bogart ever regretted not playing more villains in his career.
Certainly, most of the 'good guys' he played had a heelish edge to them, I think that would be true to say. But I just think back to his role here, but also in stuff like The Desperate Hours and In A Lonely Place, and he just seemed to me to be more comfortable in this kind of role than in the roles through which he made most of his living.
In wrestling circles, it's often said that wrestlers love to play the heel much more than the babyface. It's easier to get a crowd reaction and just a lot more fun, many suggest. While I…
A very good film, but it was missing that "wow" factor that a lot of movies from this era didn't or couldn't have (Yes, you can accuse me of ageism). I really enjoyed the first act, the second act was average, and the third act had too many plot holes thus the ending didn't work for me. Bogart was very good and significantly outshined the other two actors despite playing a character who was despicable. The other two guys were too bland to really like. Overall, I am glad I have finally seen this classic and perhaps I am being too critical and should appreciate this movie for what it is.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This becomes such a stunning film with knowledge of the plot a second or even third time round. A context might give us some clues; we might expect Humphrey Bogart to be a bit more nobler, for example. Here it is interesting to be able to pick out select actions that point towards his inevitable demise and downfall. Early on he is drinking heavily and wandering aimlessly in the Mexican oil-town of Tampico, broke, depressed and drowning his sorrows. He targets stranger's patriotism as he begs for a little coin, but he doesn't give them the time of the day to even look at their face, which ends in the rather embarrassing situation of a gentleman chastising him for coming…
"I know what gold does to men's souls."
One of the greatest films of all time.
Electrifying performances by the lead trio. Bogart gives arguably the best performance of his career. Walter Huston is incredible. Tim Holt is great.
Just sheer perfection.
Also, I noticed some parallels to 'Jaws' on this viewing.
Bogart, Huston, Holt = Quint, Hooper, Brody
Sierra Madre = The Ocean
Gold = The Shark
Um filme bastante completo com três camadas narrativas que o tornam uma obra distinta: a pormenorização, pouco frequente à época, com que retrata a exploração do ouro; a transformação da alma humana perante a possibilidade de enriquecimento; e a valorização da solidariedade em contraponto ao materialismo e à ganância.
Incredible visuals. PTA says you can learn everything you need to know from this, I agree. The "medicine man" sequence is insane and doesn't even seem to come from the same film. Character growth and depth.
Huston's masterpiece. This film is the crown jewel in a career spanning decades with at least one perfect movie in each decade. His 1948 adaptation of B Traven's novel is a work that perfectly strides numerous genres. It is a Western, an adventure film, a thriller, a drama and towards the end a horror film. In short, it is about how wealth turns men and its influence is still palpable.
Following three men's journey into the Mexican desert to prospect gold we watch them slowly turn from desperate to suspicious to downright murderous. In fact, it's easy to forget the epic vistas around them that this story is essentially a three hander. There are no female speaking parts and after…
WE DONT NEED NO STINKIN BADGES!
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre turned out to be something quite different from what I anticipated on. I really should read what a film is about before watching it sometimes. But wooow. It didn't matter for this one. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is something else. John Huston did an epic job with the screenplay. The leads are all fantastic and time flew by. I liked John's father Walter Huston as Howard. Crazy Medicine Gold Tracking Expert. Tim Holt did alright and Humphrey Bogart stole the damn show. I never expected him to go that crazy.
But the best part is the story. It's great and I've never seen something like it before. Especially not in a Western. John Huston, I need to watch more of your work!
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
I'm sure I forgot many. But I wanted to limit myself, and these are the ones that came to mind.