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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 »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
My Favorite Movie: Learn To Lose and Laugh My Friends See more (223 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)

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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Language:
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 (cut) | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #12347) | West Germany:6 | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Huston stated that working with his father on this picture and his dad's subsequent Oscar win were among the favorite moments of his life.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Dobbs mutters to himself, Curtin walks between Dobbs and the water race. When he gets to Howard and the water tank at the top of the race, Curtin comes in from the other side of the water race, despite there being no crossing point between Dobbs and the tank.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dobbs:Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
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Movie Connections:
Remade as Wet Gold (1984) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young CharmsSee more »

FAQ

Any recommendations for other movies in which Humphrey Bogart plays the villain?
Is this movie based on a book?
Since when are there tigers in Mexico?
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48 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
My Favorite Movie: Learn To Lose and Laugh My Friends, 28 June 2015
Author: garthbarnes-83945 from United States

Spoilers Ahead:

Greed is not presented as a force beyond conquering. It is a grave error to see this as simply a movie about greed by moralists. Curtain and Howard defeat it easily, Howard more easily because of his age and nearness to death. Dodds is destroyed; he is consumed until nothing of his personality remains. We see the predilections that led to this outcome. Notice his vanity with the haircut, hardly a necessity when begging, and his chasing after the prostitute. The little scene of his cruelty to the lottery boy all seem to be quite trivial and innocuous. Sadly, they are the inclinations that grow into monstrous proportions once the piles of gold begin to accumulate. Notice, Dodds is the one who wants it split up every night, this triggers hiding one's stash, always on the lookout for discovery. Huston takes some of the real bite out of greed and its partner murder by having the bandits arrive just when they are about to shoot Cody. Again, Cody is conveniently killed in the battle, again, sparing us from seeing the murder all three of them were about to commit for their gold. The voting to kill him is a nice reminder not to enshrine democracy, the majority is often wrong. Do not fall in love with the consensus of idiots.

Dodds begins spiraling out of control whenever temptation falls on him. Howard leaves to help the natives, Dodd's complaints about the extra burros is just a subterfuge for stealing Howard's goods which also is why Dodds endorsed Howard leaving with such enthusiasm. This is not good enough; he projects his greed onto Curtain and convinces himself he has to kill him to survive. As before, with his stash, earlier predilections in Dodds are growing getting more and more dangerous. After he thinks he killed Curtain, watch the fire grow and grow as he mocks having a conscience, trying to convince himself. You do not need me to tell you what the growing fire signifies. Do not feel sorry for Dodds at the waterhole where the bandits kill him; he would have joyfully shot all of them if he had any bullets. Many people think the natives slow down or wreck the film, they are there to remind us of the poor and suffering surrounding these gold mad maniacs.

The point of the movie is not that greed is evil; it is how to handle losing things which is an existential fact of human life. First Howard then Curtain laugh at losing everything, having it blown by the Hand of God back to where it came from. When they were saying what they would do with the money, listen to the beautiful music, re-prised again when Curtain talks about picking fruit with the poor and sleeping, singing under the stars. This is the film's message: a simple, basic spartan life free of desire. It is so hard within an economy that thrives upon creating eternal desire and boundless wants. The message is not just that greed is evil; it is how much do you require to be happy? Happiness is from within where all true wealth is, its reification into material goods will only be like drinking sea water; it makes you thirstier. Lose and laugh, my friends, for the last laugh is on all of us. We too blow away in the wind, love and goodness are all we can ever take with us. They are meant to be given to all we meet. MY FAVORITE MOVIE

"He who possesses is himself possessed." Nietzsche

"All that is not given is lost." A Hindu Saying

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