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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Western | 24 January 1948 (USA)
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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.

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McCormick (as Barton Mac Lane)
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El Jefe (as Manuel Donde)
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Pablo (as Jose Torvay)
Margarito Luna ...
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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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The nearer they get to their treasure, the farther they get from the law. See more »


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24 January 1948 (USA)  »

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Treasure of Sierra Madre  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,014,000
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1.37 : 1
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Documentary cinematographer Phil Gries and his accredited Guinness World Record archive, Archival Television Audio, was so infatuated with the movie (his favorite of all time) he audio tape recorded, on reel to reel 1/4 inch tape, The Treasure of the Sierra Madrre off of his Television set when it was re-run on The Late Show (WCBS) in the spring of 1960. Over the years Gries would playback just the audio and visualize the film. See more »

Goofs

Curtin reads Cody's letter out of sequence. He starts on the front page, then opens to the inside pages. He glances momentarily at page #2 on the left, but immediately starts to read page #3 on the right. He then reads page #2 before turning to the back page. See more »

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[first lines]
Dobbs: Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(1808) (uncredited)
Music traditional
Played on harmonica by Walter Huston
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A treasure presented to the viewer
5 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Some movies have certain scenes in them that hold the viewers interest more than others. However every single scene in this film holds the viewers interest. There is never a dull or lagging moment. Three down and outers who at one time in their lives were maybe up and comers strike out in search of a fortune or at least enough to live better than they have been.

While Humphrey Bogart gives a superb performance it is Walter Huston who turns in the greatest performance as the old prospector Howard. The scene in the Indian village where he helps to restore a comatose child is one of the most touching in all of film history and is done virtually without any dialog. Mexican character actor Alfonso Bedoya of course steals all the scenes he appears in and delivers his classic "Stinking Badges" line. (what person would dress up as a Bandito for a costume party and not want to look exactly like Bedoya's Gold Hat character?) This film probably should have been a little higher on AFI's top 100. A must see!


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