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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre -- Three ill-fated prospectors who set out across the Mexican desert in search of gold but instead find mistrust, betrayal, and death.
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Director:
Writers:
John Huston (screenplay)
B. Traven (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
24 January 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Storming to a New High in High Adventure ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"It's a great joke played on us by the lord, fate, nature or whatever" See more (205 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Dobbs

Walter Huston ... Howard

Tim Holt ... Curtin

Bruce Bennett ... Cody

Barton MacLane ... 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 ... Pancho
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Blake ... Mexican Boy Selling Lottery Tickets (uncredited)
Guillermo Calles ... Mexican Storeowner (uncredited)
Roberto Cañedo ... Mexican Lieutenant (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Jacqueline Dalya ... Flashy Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Flophouse Bum (uncredited)
Ernesto Escoto ... Mexican Bandit (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Customer in Bar Who Warns Curtin and Dobbs about Pat McCormick (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga ... Railroad Conductor (uncredited)

Jack Holt ... Flophouse Bum (uncredited)

John Huston ... American in Tampico in White Suit (uncredited)
Francisco Islas ... Indian (uncredited)
Mario Mancilla ... Child (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Barber (uncredited)

Ann Sheridan ... Pretty woman walking past barbershop (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Indian Guide at Pier (uncredited)
Valdespino ... Indian (uncredited)
Ildefonso Vega ... Indian (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ignacio Villabajo ... Mexican Bandit (uncredited)
Clifton Young ... Flophouse Bum (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
John Huston (screenplay)

B. Traven (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord (director of photography) (as Ted McCord)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Betty Delmont .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Don Alvarado .... production manager (uncredited)
Don Alvarado .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bob Bono .... props (uncredited)
Frank Durlauf .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ed Romero .... painter (uncredited)
George Sweeney .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Rafael Ruiz Esparza .... sound (uncredited)
Edward Ullman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
Eddie Craven .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Tim Holt (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Brodie .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Classen .... grip (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... camera operator (uncredited)
Burdette Hoke .... best boy (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Clair Sealey .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jorge Stahl Jr. .... photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert O'Dell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Fred E. Farrell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestral arrangements
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Jack Dumont .... musician (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Antonio Arriaga .... technical advisor
Ernesto A. Romero .... technical advisor
Fred Applegate .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jaime Contreras .... production assistant (uncredited)
Luis Sánchez .... production chief (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Treasure of Sierra Madre" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
126 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | Norway:16 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #12347) | West Germany:6 | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Robert Rossen submitted at least nine drafts of rewrites on the screenplay when John Huston was away during the war.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Curtin is shot, he is on the ground bleeding from a shoulder wound. When Dobbs goes back to the same place in the morning, there is no sign of blood on the ground.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dobbs:Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
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Soundtrack:
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"It's a great joke played on us by the lord, fate, nature or whatever", 12 September 2007
Author: Steffi_P from Ruritania

Film noir takes a Mexican holiday in this gritty adventure from John Huston. Pessimistic and full of irony, yet with a sense of adventure and a moralist edge to it, this is typical Huston material.

Huston insisted on shooting on location in Mexico, which riled up studio executives no end, but it paid off in the quality of the picture. Treasure of the Sierra Madre would have really suffered in the canned air of a studio. By using the real thing, he perfectly achieves the stark and dusty atmosphere of the poverty riddled Mexican city in the earliest scenes. The sense of scale and grandeur of the mountains in the main part of the film is also very important in achieving the right effect.

Huston's background was in fine art, and it's at this point in his career as a director that it really starts to show. The use of lighting is painterly in a way that is almost impossible to achieve in black and white – particularly in the scene in the peasant village which looks almost biblical. Huston also has this unique style of framing, whereby he uses figures in the foreground and background to give the effect of a close-up and a mid-shot simultaneously. It's a look that is totally at odds with anything else produced in Hollywood at that time.

Actor wise, Treasure of the Sierra Madre turns the clock back to the 1930s, putting the director's father Walter Huston in a starring role, and casting Humphrey Bogart as a seedy villain. The cast is rounded off by the too-little-seen Tim Holt. All three of them are spot on. The spry old prospector is a role Huston senior seems to have been waiting to play all his life. Bogart is also great playing the sort of character he made his name with a decade earlier. Also worth a mention is Mexican actor Alfonso Bedoya who gives what is for this era an incredibly naturalistic performance as the bandit leader.

Huston's forte was in his cinematography, his shot composition and the rhythm of his films, not so much in his handling of action or actors, which is why his pictures tend to be a bit hit and miss. This one is a hit though, thanks to the strength of its story and the quality of the cast, not to mention Huston's persistence for authenticity. Not my absolute favourite of his work, but certainly one of the best.

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