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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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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.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

John Huston (screenplay), B. Traven (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Margarito Luna ... Pancho
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Storyline

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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Storming to a New High in High Adventure ! See more »


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18 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De schat in de Sierra Madre See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,014,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Just as John Huston was starting to shoot scenes in Tampico, Mexico, the production was shut down inexplicably by the local government. The cast and crew were at a complete loss to understand why, since the residents and government of Tampico had been so generous in days past. It turns out that a local newspaper printed a false story that accused the filmmakers of making a production that was unflattering to Mexico. Huston soon found out why the newspaper skewered him and his production in the funny papers. When you wanted to do anything in Tampico, it was customary to slide a little money toward the editor of the newspaper, something the crew failed to do. Fortunately, two of Huston's associates, Diego Rivera and Miguel Covarrubias, went to bat for the director with the President of Mexico. The libellous accusations were dropped, and a few weeks later, the editor of the newspaper was caught in the wrong bed and shot dead by a jealous husband. See more »

Goofs

As Dobbs is looking around trying to find Curtin's body so that he may bury it, he runs into some bushes. As the camera pans to follow him you can easily see where the set ends. A clear space with a light and some sort of water truck is plainly visible See more »

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Dobbs: Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
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An excellent film
15 March 2004 | by AppleBlossomSee all my reviews

The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre

Certainly a consuming piece of cinematic achievement. I was delighted in viewing this film, especially when you have the talents of Bogart, Holt and Huston…..oh what abilities or should I say ‘gifts'.

My eyes never strayed from the screen, I couldn't take the risk of missing one second of this tremendous adventure/drama film. Bogart played the character ‘Fred C. Dobbs' so convincingly, it doesn't surprise me though he was at his career peak. It was like his portrayal of ‘Lt. Comdr. Philip Francis Queeg' in `The Caine Mutiny' surely no one would disagree he carried the part to it's limit.

The B & W format gave an added depth and the direction by John Huston (as usual) was nothing more then what I would expect from an accredited director like him. I was amused to see a very young Robert Blake in the role of the boy selling lottery tickets and the brief appearance of Bruce Bennett as ‘James Cody'…. whom starred with Bogie in `Sahara' several years prior. Another reliable support actor was Alfonso Bedoya as ‘Gold Hat' my fondest memory of any of his acting roles must be `The Big Country' in 1958.

Walter Huston stood out with his performance, this was the first time I've had the privilege to watch him in a film role. His portrayal was astounding…..and the script he had to work with was a treat to hear.

Another funny point I want to point out, I don't know why I kept comparing Tim Holt to John Derek. In some of the scenes his appearance and voice were so similar to Derek's it was uncanny. I'm probably the only one who thinks this, but I can't dismiss the similarities (to me anyway).

The plot was an interesting one, one that slowly draws you in until you can't stop watching. I really enjoyed `The Treasure Of Sierra Madre' certainly a ‘must see' film…highly recommended.


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