All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
Bogey can play the biggest asshole in the world and I still love him.
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.
Any poor soul who thinks Bogie has no range must see this film immediately.
Well-written and directed by John Huston. Holt, Bogart & Huston ( the director's father) give great performances. Good story and lessons to live by as greed is not good.
Gold really does change a man. Greed overtakes and everyone gets what's coming to them. Some end up on top, some right where they started, and some in a ditch in a desert.
Recently got into Westerns and saw this on a bunch of "best" lists. Probably one of the oldest movies I've sat down and watched from start to finish. Holds up extremely well. It's easy to see why Humphrey Bogart was such a big star; he owns the camera whenever he's onscreen. I'm assuming there's a lot this film did that pushed movies forward given how highly it's touted and how well it holds up 65 years later. But even with a lot of that lost on me it's still an entertaining movie.
Oh yeah, and the old man is awesome.
‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ unfolds with a Kubrick level of logic and consequence, toying with themes and fate without needing to painfully spell them out. Excellent.
Greed dooms man from the outset in Huston's unforgiving examination of the corrupting influence of man's greed, corroding one's humanity and brotherhood and replacing it with a selfish paranoia. The film's dark portrait of Bogart's descent into homicidal mania is balanced by a fable-like construction which contrasts this dark path with Walter Huston's incorruptible good will. Holt rounds out the film's central trio and adds a fullness to the film's morality, sitting somewhere between Bogart's absolute corruption and Houston's benevolence, Holt serves as a more pointed contrast to Bogart, not immune to temptation or cynical paranoia but not as entirely willing to sacrifice himself for the good of others as is Houston.
The film's moral universe is not, ultimately, one…
Excellent movie about greed and how it can corrupt some men, but leave others untouched. Fine performances all round, but in particular Bogart gives a good turn as a made being driven mad by his obsession with money and suspicions of others thinking the same way as he does.
Hey guess what? Still amazing!
Bogart does a very good crazy. This was much more psychological than I anticipated. Made it more than your average adventure film.
Bogey starts this movie as a down-n-out shitbag - one of the first things we see him do is throw a drink into a little boy's face - and only gets downer and outer as it goes on; for a movie about a guy getting destroyed by greed he doesn't seem like he's got much left to destroy, but I guess that just means that you've gotta dig deeper and deeper to find something. This guy's got douchebag built into his bones, though. Even his dreams of wealth are dreams of using it to shit on people even he knows don't deserve it.
And on the other end is a patient, wise old guy who's seen it all, doesn't seem…