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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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Complete credited cast:
McCormick (as Barton Mac Lane)
Arturo Soto Rangel ...
Presidente (as A. Soto Rangel)
El Jefe (as Manuel Donde)
Pablo (as Jose Torvay)
Margarito Luna ...


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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Release Date:

24 January 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Treasure of Sierra Madre  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Most of the Mexican extras were paid 10 pesos a day which was the equivalent of $2.00, a considerable amount for an impoverished region at the time. See more »


When they are looking for gold, Curtin and Dobbs stop to rest, and Curtin puts the stick on his right leg. Immediately after, without his having moved, the stick is leaning on his shoulder. See more »


[first lines]
Dobbs: Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
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Referenced in Shark Bait (2006) See more »


Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(1808) (uncredited)
Music traditional
Played on harmonica by Walter Huston
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"I know what gold does to men's souls."
6 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Treasure of Sierra Madre, is not only a stunningly visual treat, but also a story and script of depth and magnitude, set in old time Mexico.

As a Bogart fan, I found it at first, difficult to get past Bogart playing such a ragged and gritty character, once I did I realised him and his co stars - Walter Huston & Tim Holt were such a tenacious force in this 2.5 hour epic.

Sierra Madre feels fresh and could stand up well against anything put out today. I have not seen a film in recent years, with outstanding lines, powerfully delivered by Huston or with the conviction and honesty Holt does..with Bogart, all three characters are very different yet essential.

Do yourself a favor and go buy or rent this. It carries great moral and truth, in a story of rags to almost riches.

~Paul Browne.

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