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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…
John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a fascinating morality tale disguised as an adventure flick. The disguise is clever: an exotic location as the setting for a treasure hunt, both of which are highlighted in the title, suggests lots of action and excitement. Yet, instead of cliff-hanging adventure, we get an escalating series of strategic and moral dilemmas.
Humphrey Bogart plays Frank Dobbs, a down on his luck American in Mexico. He befriends Bob (Tim Holt) when they both get swindled on a construction job. The two meet an eccentric prospector (Walter Huston) who tells of gold in dem dar hills. Soon the three are on a quest for gold, facing the heat, the bandits, and the…
Great adventure movie/morality tale. Bogart and Walter Houston are so good in this, but the real master here is John Huston.
Just a delight on every rewatch
Tre uomini partono in cerca di oro e fortuna in Messico ma sulle loro teste incombe l'ombra dell'avidità Umana. Un Grezzo film un po' avventura, un po' Western che si prende il suo tempo prima di ingranare. Buone le interpretazioni e la regia che si allontana molto dalla finta atmosfera da studios e regala grandi Primi piani. Bogart funziona nel suo ruolo di classico poveraccio che sogna il riscatto sociale, lentamente viene mangiato dall'avidità e si trasforma praticamente in Gollum perche non riesce a fidarsi di nessuno. Tutto finisce in una Grande risata sottolineando che forse La vita va presa con filosofia.
Nice when a classic movie you haven't seen lives up to the hype. Excellent portrayal of how greed can overtake anyone and how it can consume someone.
"The love of money is the root of all evil." No other film illustrates this better than this 1948 classic. A study of human greed and its ill effects.
Best evidence of Bogart's ability as an actor beyond his natural charisma.
Treasure of the Sierra Madre is one the greatest films ever made. It's quite a lesson on wealth and you'll lengths you'll go for wealth. Plus the end features Bogart as practically a zombie. It's a terrific film!
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…