The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

John Huston (1947)

125min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Humphrey Bogart turns in a memorable performance here as drifter Fred C Dobbs, who, along with Tim Holt's young idealist, latches onto gnarled old Klondike prospector Walter Huston (playing sans false teeth) in a search for gold in bandit-infested Mexico. Pitched as an updated biblical fable about greed and human despair, and partly shot in the Mojave Desert, the movie has a superb opening, some portentous passages and a thunderous score by Max Steiner. Much imitated - not least the ending - it proved a historic success for writer/director John Huston, who won Oscars for his direction and screenplay, while his father Walter won as best supporting actor. That doesn't happen every day.

Summary

Three unlikely gold prospectors set out to make their fortune in Mexico. They pledge that anything they find will be divided equally between them, but when they really do strike it rich, paranoia and greed conspire to turn them against one another. John Huston's Oscar-winning Western adventure, starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Alfonso Bedoya and Bruce Bennett.

Cast & Crew

Dobbs Humphrey Bogart
Howard Walter Huston
Curtin Tim Holt
Gold Hat Alfonso Bedoya
Cody Bruce Bennett
McCormick Barton MacLane
Presidente A Soto Rangel
El Jefe Manuel Donde
Director John Huston
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama