The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

DVD - 2003
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Two down-and-out Americans in Mexico meet a grizzled old prospector who piques their interest with stories of his gold-hunting experiences. The Americans gather a stake and set off with the old prospector in search of fortune.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Warner Home Video, 2003
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9780790783444
0790783444
Branch Call Number: DVD TRE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (126 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in

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TheeAvebury
Feb 17, 2018

A classic morality play ... beautifully rugged and unforgettable. Probably my favorite Bogart movie. Great story and awesome dialog!

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Nursebob
Feb 17, 2018

John Huston’s grand morality fable set in the wilds of Mexico has deservedly found a place on almost every critic’s “Greatest Movies” list. It is also purported to be among the favourite films of such notables as Robert Redford, Stanley Kubrick, and Sam Raimi. Vast B&W panoramas of arid deserts and rocky crags dwarf the protagonist as they struggle with temptation and nature grown wrathful while suitably biblical metaphors—a deadly serpent, a howling whirlwind, a resurrection, a wronged Samaritan—add a spiritual dimension to their quest. Bogart undergoes a monstrous transformation with theatrical zeal, Holt provides a shaky moral anchor, and Huston steals every scene as a proverbial wise man who’s seen it all before yet still comes back for more. Aside from an often overbearing musical score and a supporting cast of cardboard Mexican caricatures, this is an epic piece of moviemaking that begins with a whimper and ends with a bang drenched in irony and bitter humour.

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Dalex_64
Sep 30, 2017

Stupid and simplistic. No performance is believable. The story is hardly believable.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jul 12, 2017

Classic '40s tale of greed, betrayal, and murder. An unconventional western and a serious drama

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ThomasJWhiting
May 15, 2017

VERY GOOD film noir western from late 40's - fine drama/adventure involving quartet of gold diggers struggling with/against nature and themselves in Mexico back in 1920's...

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jjd66
Aug 08, 2016

This movie made the AFI list of 100 Greatest Films of All Time, and for good reason. It is truly a masterpiece film that you can watch multiple times.

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Madreley
Jun 03, 2015

I am not a big Bogart fan, but think this is one of his better characters and acting performances. The movie has a good story line and suspense without being distasteful.

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akirakato
Apr 28, 2015

This is a 1948 American adventurous neo-western written and directed by John Huston, based on B. Traven's 1927 novel of the same name.
It is the story about two financially desperate Americans, Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Bob Curtin (Tim Holt).
In the 1920s both men join an old-timer Howard played by Walter Huston, the director's father, in Mexico to prospect for gold.
The film is quite faithful to the source novel.
The bandits think that the gold dust is just worthless sand and scatter it around.
Surviving Dobbs' attack, Curtin meets up with Howard.
When they hear the story they can do nothing but laugh at their misfortunes.
It is a heart-felt good scene, but I don't think the bandits would've never mistaken gold dust for sand.
Well, it is a fiction after all.

viguyy Jan 29, 2013

Madre does an exceptional job exploring morality, values, greed & the powerful allure of having it all at any cost. Another classic film from John Huston & Humphrey Bogart. Huston writes & directs once again & once again we see why he's one of the best doing it.

Bogart delivers a devilishly great performance as the down on his luck low down dirty crosser 'Dobbsie'. Walter Huston is exceptional as Howard the old coot who has the know-how to find gold in them there hills & Tim Holt does a fine job as the man with a moral code.

Sierra Madre is an excellent film & any film lover should see it!

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alpaca85
Jan 25, 2013

Not bad, but overrated. You can view my full comments here: http://everyjohnhustonmovie.blogspot.ca/2012/10/the-treasure-of-sierra-madre-1948.html

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blacksmithbeth
Jan 24, 2017

"We don't need no stinkin' badges!" Here is the origin of that line! Mel Brooks quotes from the best (and so does Terry Pratchett).

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Monolith
Jul 01, 2012

Bob Curtin: "Remember what you said back in Tampico about having to carry that old man on our backs?" Fred C. Dobbs: "That was when I took him for an ordinary human being, not part goat."

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Monolith
Jul 01, 2012

Howard (eating, while Dobbs and Curtin snooze): "Hey you fellas, how 'bout some beans? (chews) You want some beans? (chews) Goin' through some mighty rough country tomorrow, you'd better have some beans." (rudely and loudly starts playing his harmonica whilst they snore)

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Monolith
Jul 01, 2012

(Curtin and Dobbs dismount from their burros and collapse, exhausted, while the old man surveys the ground) Fred C. Dobbs: "You know what I was thinkin'? I was thinkin' we oughta give up. Leave the whole outfit... everything behind 'n... go back to civilization..." Howard: "What's that you say - go back?! Ha-ha! Well tell my old grandmother! I've got two very elegant bedfellows, who shake at the first drop of rain, and hide in the closet from thunder rumbles! My! My! My! What great prospectors! Two shoe clerks readin' the magazine about prospectin' for gold in the land of the midnight sun, south of the border and west of the Rockies. Ha-ha!" Fred C. Dobbs (jumps up clutching a rock): "Shut yer trap! Shut up or I'll smash yer head flat!" Howard: "Go ahead! Go ahead, throw it! If you did, you'd never leave this wilderness alive! Without me, you two would die here more miserable than rats!"

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