Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt), cheated out of promised wages and down on their luck, meet old prospector Howard (Walter Huston) in the Mexican oil-town of Tampico. They set ...
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Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt), cheated out of promised wages and down on their luck, meet old prospector Howard (Walter Huston) in the Mexican oil-town of Tampico. They set out to strike it rich by searching for gold in the remote Sierra Madre mountains.
They ride a train into the hinterlands, surviving a bandit attack en route. In the desert, Howard proves to be the toughest and most knowledgeable; he is the one to discover the gold they seek. A mine is dug, and much gold is extracted. Greed soon sets in, and Dobbs begins to lose both his trust and his sanity, lusting to possess the entire treasure. Dobbs is also unreasonably afraid that he will be killed by his partners.
A fourth American named James Cody (Bruce Bennett) appears, which sets up a moral debate about what to do with the new stranger. The men decide to kill Cody, but just as the three confront him with pistols and prepare to kill him, the bandits reappear, crudely pretending to be Federales. (This results ...
Discovering Treasure: The Story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Clocking in at just under fifty-minutes, this documentary takes a look
at John Huston's classic THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE. Martin
Scorsese, Rudy Behlmer, Judy Stone (author on B. Traven), Evelyn Keyes
(Huston's ex-wife), Leonard Maltin, Robert Osborne and Erix Lax are
among the people interviewed about the making of this classic film. The
documentary starts off talking about what type of work both Huston and
Humphrey Bogart had been doing up to this point in their careers and
then we get to hear about some of the other names that were attached to
the picture including Vincent Sherman and Edward G. Robinson. We then
learn that Bogart had just signed a new contract with Warner and it
specifically mentioned that this be one of his films. From here we
learn about the original story by B. Traven, Huston's apparent meeting
with him and of course the cast heading to Mexico to film the movie. We
get quite a few great stories about the making of the picture and we
even get to hear about some of the fun that Huston was having by
putting cameos in by Jack Holt and Ann Sheridan. If you're a fan of the
movie then there's no question that you're going to enjoy hearing all
of these stories. We also get a few outtakes and the stories with
director Huston getting to work with his father Walter are also quite
touching. There's even a funny story about Huston getting fed up with
Bogart who kept wanting to know when the film was going to be finished.
There's also discussion on the fact that the film was a huge hit with
critics and the Oscars but the general public just didn't take to the
movie and it ended up bombing in theaters.
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