The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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Released 1948

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Director:
John Huston (I)
Released:
1948
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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948 Western adventure film written and directed by John Huston. The film revolves around a group of gold prospectors that have set out for the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico during the early 20th century. The film opens by introducing characters Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Bob Curtin (Tim Holt). Fred and Bob are moping around Tampico, Mexico in 1925 when they begin to work for contractor Pat McCormick (Barton MacLane). The characters relationship with McCormich goes sour and they eventually have to force to pay their rightful wages. While waiting for McCormick's payment, the two find an experienced old prospector called Howard (Walter Hustin). The prospector says that the Sierra Madre Mountains are rich with gold, and that he will help them find if they are willing to pay his way. Fred and Bob agree to the deal, and together they leave Tampico with dreams of wealth. Little do they know that their future will only get worse before it gets better.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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...

  • 100

    Empire David Parkinson

    Like "The Searchers", this is so brilliant that the only real effect of the other versions is to make you want to watch the original again.

  • 60

    Time Out

    Outrageously Oscar-seeking performances like actor Huston's, coupled with director Huston's comparative conviction with action sequences, work against any yearning for significance...

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