The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

(1948)

The nearer they get to their treasure, the farther they get from the law.

One of the very first films to be filmed on location, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is an American dramatic adventurous neo-western adapted from the 1927 novel by B. Traven. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter Huston (who won Best Actor at both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes 1949 for his role).... More

Two rough-and-tumble wanderers, Dobbs (Bogart) and Curtin (Holt), meet up with a veteran prospector, Howard (Huston), in Mexico and head into the Sierra Madre mountains to find gold. Although they discover treasure, they also find plenty of trouble, not only from ruthless bandits lurking in the dangerous Mexican wilderness but from their own insecurities and greed, which threaten to bring conflict at any moment.Hide

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  • The movie has never really been about gold but about character, and Bogart fearlessly makes Fred C. Dobbs into a pathetic, frightened, selfish man -- so sick we would be tempted to pity him, if he were not so undeserving of pity. Full Review

  • This is so brilliant that the only real effect of the other versions is to make you want to watch the original again. Full Review

  • Greed, a despicable passion out of which other base ferments may spawn, is seldom treated in the movies with the frank and ironic contempt that is vividly manifested toward it in Treasure of Sierra Madre. Full Review

  • The characters here are probed and thoroughly penetrated, not through psychoanalysis but through a crucible of human conflict, action, gesture and expressive facial tones. Full Review

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