Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
Front Cover Actor
Humphrey Bogart Fred C. Dobbs
Walter Huston Howard
Tim Holt Bob Curtin
Bruce Bennett James Cody
Barton MacLane Pat McCormick
Alfonso Bedoya Gold Hat
Arturo Soto Rangel El Presidente (as A. Soto Rangel)
Manuel Dondé El Jefe
José Torvay Pablo
Margarito Luna Pancho
Manuel Donde El Jefe
Jacqueline Dalya Flashy Girl
John Huston
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Drama; Western; Action
Director John Huston
Producer Henry Blanke; Jack L. Warner
Writer B. Traven; John Huston
Studio Warner Brothers; WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 2 hr 6 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Ranked at No. 30 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 all-time greatest American films, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a genuine masterpiece that was, ironically, a box-office failure when released in 1948. At that time audiences didn't accept Humphrey Bogart in a role that was intentionally unappealing, but time has proven this to be one of Bogart's very best performances. It's a grand adventure and a superior character study built around the timeless themes of greed and moral corruption. As adapted by writer-director John Huston (from a novel by enigmatic author B. Traven) it became a definitive treatment of fate and futility in the obsessive pursuit of wealth. Bogart plays Fred C. Dobbs, a down-and-out wage-worker in Mexico who stakes his meager earnings on a gold-prospecting expedition to the Sierra mountains. He's joined by a grizzled old prospector (Walter Huston, the director's father) and a young, no-nonsense partner (Tim Holt), and when they strike a rich vein of gold, the movie becomes an observant study of wretched human behavior. Bogart is fiercely intense as his character grows increasingly paranoid and violent; Huston offers a compelling contrast as a weathered miner who's seen how gold can turn men into monsters.

From its lively opening scenes (featuring young Robert Blake as a boy selling lottery tickets) to its final, devastating image of fateful irony, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre tells an unforgettable story of tragedy and truth. With dialogue that has been etched into the cultural consciousness (who can forget the Mexican bandit who snarls "I don't have to show you any stinking badges!") and well-earned Oscars for John and Walter Huston, this is an American classic that still packs a punch. --Jeff Shannon

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Index 1366
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/24/04
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
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Folder 011
Product Details
Edition Two-Disc Special Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
UPC 012569581623
Release Date 9/30/03
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
Black & White Closed-captioned