The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre



Critic Consensus: Remade but never duplicated, this darkly humorous morality tale represents John Huston at his finest.

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John Huston's 1948 treasure-hunt classic begins as drifter Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), down and out in Tampico, Mexico, impulsively spends his last bit of dough on a lottery ticket. Later on, Dobbs and fellow indigent Curtin (Tim Holt) seek shelter in a cheap flophouse and meet Howard (Walter Huston), a toothless, garrulous old coot who regales them with stories about prospecting for gold. Forcibly collecting their pay from their shifty boss, Dobbs and Curtin combine this money with Dobbs's … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Huston
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On DVD: Sep 30, 2003


as Fred C. Dobbs

as Curtin

as Howard

as McCormick

as El Jefe

as Flashy Girl

as Mexican Boy

as Proprietor

as White Suit

as Bartender

as Customer

as Flophouse Man

as Flophouse Man

as Flophouse Man

as Mexican Storekeeper

as Streetwalker

as Railroad Conductor

as Mexican Bandit

as Mexican Lieutenant

as Mexican Bandit
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Critic Reviews for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (6)

Treasure of Sierra Madre is one of the best things Hollywood has done since it learned to talk; and the movie can take a place, without blushing, among the best ever made.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

John Huston has rarely been in better form than in this 1948 study of gold fever and worse obsessions among an unlikely trio of prospectors...

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's a quite enjoyable yarn buried under the hollow laughter.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie has never really been about gold but about character, and Bogart fearlessly makes Fred C. Dobbs into a pathetic, frightened, selfish man -- so sick we would be tempted to pity him, if he were not so undeserving of pity.

Full Review… | January 15, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Bogart is phenomenal as Fred C. Dobbs, a decent guy destroyed by his lust for gold, and the film itself is one of the immortals of cinema.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

an unconventional western and a serious drama

Full Review… | January 18, 2014
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

John Huston made quite a name for himself back in the day with the simple trick of presenting the story from the antagonist's point-of-view, and we are with him (Bogie as Fred C. Dobbs) as he slowly begins to slide into disconnection all the while clasping onto sanity with all the power at his command. Huston gave the protagonist role to his grudging father (Walter Huston), and you can really see him frame the codger in a favorable light (and see ol'Walt love it), but its Bogie's film (everyone knows) no matter who got the Oscar. Tim Holt does well as the unsung third wheel. The bar fight is an exceptional piece of work in a film loaded with intimate gems of moments, not the least of which is Bogie begging for money.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Walter Huston steals the scene and deserved the Oscar he won, but Bogart was unfairly not even nominated for his phenomenal performance in this classic that is all at once a light adventure, a riveting character study and a powerful morality tale about greed and paranoia.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Two down at heel Americans stranded in the backwaters of Mexico use the last of their money to go searching for gold in the company of grizzled old prospector Walter Huston. Unfortunately when they strike it rich, avarice turns them against each other resulting in deceit and murder. John Huston's classic story of greed is based upon The Pardoner's Tale from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. It's basically a morality story warning of the dangers of greed and how the promise of wealth can blacken a man's heart; in this case Humphrey Bogart in quite possibly his finest performance. Huston is also marvellous as the pragmatic and worldly wise old geezer who predicted everything that occurs to the disbelief of his initially wide eyed and enthusiastic partners. The suspense builds tangibly as the former friends become more and more suspicious of each other, all three at one point or another tempted to stab each other in the back for their share of the goods. It's a brilliant story, expertly told by some of the best in the business and one of the true cinematic greats. One of those films anyone who calls themself a movie buff must surely have on their list.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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