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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948): After workers Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin are swindled by a corrupt businessman, they meet up with a grizzled prospector and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico.

Directed by John Huston

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  • Jerry

    I’d have to agree with Neal Gabler. Although Bogart was always fun to watch, he was at his best when he was not only vulnerable but frayed to the breaking point, as in this movie and “The Caine Mutiny.” But “Sierra Madre” is a better film than that one. The cinematography, the direction, the ensemble performances–Walter Huston is a great actor, but even Tim Holt gave a fine performance, not to mention the memorable bandito with the gold sombrero. This superb film was based on a novel by B. Traven. In Mexico, they made a number of other Traven novels and stories into films. The best one, I think, is “Macario”, based on a short story, “The Third Guest” which, itself, is a treatment (Traven style) of the folktale, “Godfather Death.” I also like “Rosa blanca” (based on his fine novel, “The White Rose” and “Días de otoño” (Autumn Days) based on a story “Frustration” which I never encountered in print. On the other hand, I never saw the German film based on Traven’s great novel, “The Death Ship.”