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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

John Huston (screenplay), B. Traven (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Fred C. Dobbs
Walter Huston ... Howard
Tim Holt ... Curtin
Bruce Bennett ... Cody
Barton MacLane ... Pat McCormick (as Barton Mac Lane)
Alfonso Bedoya ... Gold Hat
Arturo Soto Rangel ... Presidente (as A. Soto Rangel)
Manuel Dondé ... El Jefe (as Manuel Donde)
José Torvay ... Pablo (as Jose Torvay)
Margarito Luna Margarito Luna ... Pancho
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Storyline

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Storming to a New High in High Adventure ! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Treasure of Sierra Madre See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,014,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the flophouse scene, Howard talks about the value of gold and makes a labor-theory of value argument. "Gold itself ain't worth nothing" except because of the labor that went into "the finding of it." Marx and Engels made the same argument, and before them, John Locke (inspiration for the U.S. Constitution) put it in raw form. " But since gold and silver, being little useful to the life of man in proportion to food, raiment, and carriage, has its value only from the consent of men, whereof labour yet makes, in great part, the measure, it is plain, that men have agreed to a disproportionate and unequal possession of the earth, they having, by a tacit and voluntary consent, found out, a way how a man may fairly possess more land than he himself can use." See more »

Goofs

The wind storm blows away the gold - one of the heaviest minerals on earth, but does not blow away the empty sacks. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dobbs: Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
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Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(1808) (uncredited)
Music traditional
Played on harmonica by Walter Huston
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Terrific acting, screenplay n direction. Bogart was equally good as Huston n in my opinion Bogart's best acting display.
21 January 2018 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

I first saw this in the early 90s. Revisited it recently on a blu-ray. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is one of my favourite n in my opinion Bogarts best acting display. Searching for gold has always been a popular film topic n this film has really nailed it with superb display of human nature. Bogart was phenomenal in this film. In this film he is so full of paranoia, insanity n evil but u still feel pity for him. His grungy, unkempt n unshaven look added to the character. The film has a dark tone dealing with human nature of greed, paranoia, evil intentions, insanity n ignorance but it has its share of laughs. Walter Huston's happy dance, Bogart's evil smile, Holt showing equanimity in adversity n Alfonso Bedoyas ignorant n illiterate attitude. The scene, where the character of Holt wondering whether to help his fellow colleague trapped inside the mine n his sympathy towards the widows share of gold as well his infatuation with the widow by jus looking at the photo were again some of the common human nature dealt very well in the film. The scene where the three leading characters are ready to kill the fourth one was indeed mans darkest nature. Was surprised to see someone like Bogart playing a diametrically opposite character compared to his earlier films. A remake is needed with more focus on the action n adventure.


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